Recent Tutoring Session Reviews
"We reviewed reflexive verbs and one's daily routine through picture flashcards and a sequence of pictures depicting a boy's routine from am to pm. We did two information gap activities with food and stem changing preterite verbs. We read a mini play about a man going to a restaurant to practice the vocabulary, pronunciation, and understanding. I also reviewed comparisons with the student. She made comparisons about her family and also practiced with a picture worksheet. She always has a very positive attitude. Finally, we reviewed when to use the verbs, Ser / Estar. We did a fill in the blank dialogue to practice this. She understands the concept much better, and we'll continue more practice next week. We discussed practicing present progressive and present perfect next session."
"We reviewed the imperfect tense, impersonal verb constructions, and special constructions with se + indirect object pronouns (olvidarse, perderse, etc.). The student mastered all concepts fairly quickly. Impersonal verbs and the special constructions needed a bit more attention, and some extra practice would be good to solidify these."
"We started out with some review vocabulary that he learned last year, and moved on to vocabulary that he will be tested on for Thursday. We read a passage together to work on pronunciation and reading comprehension and to practice using these new vocabulary words. Then we reviewed some more vocabulary, and went over the conjugation of the verb "ser." Then the student put together all the information we had learned in this session and created his own sentences using the adjectives we reviewed and the conjugation of ser. He seemed to have trouble remembering some information, so we did a lot of review and he seemed to pick it up fairly quickly. All in all a great session, and I am looking forward to working more with him!"
"We talked in Spanish about the movie that the student watched. We practiced the reflective forms of the verbs and how to use them. We practiced some activities in class using this form of verb, and I gave her some extra practice exercises for working them at home."
"We took a look at the textbook and made a plan for this summer. We began by looking at the conjugations for the irregular verbs. We decided that each week, we're going to pick 5 verbs and work with those verbs. The student practiced by writing the conjugations for those verbs in present, preterit, imperfect, and subjunctive. Then, he wrote a couple of paragraphs using those verbs. We ended by reading some travel articles in Spanish to practice his reading skills and vocabulary building."
"We went over an assessment of the preterite and imperfect. I provided a series of questions that tested the students' knowledge of the two tenses. The test had questions about irregular verbs, when to use the preterite vs the imperfect, and also what it means to use the two tenses. As we went over the assessment, I provided more information about the two tenses. We then went over each section together as a group to compare answers. At the end of the assessment, there was a paragraph in Spanish that used both tenses, and they needed to determine which tense to use and why they used it in that part of the paragraph. Although the assessment was long, they both powered through, and I believe they got a greater understanding of what the preterite and imperfect are. After the assessment, we briefly went over irregular preterite verbs like tener, andar, and estar."