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tutor spanish 3-6: natalie franco

Dear Spanish LSS Tutor,

First of all I would like to congratulate you on obtaining the position of a Spanish Subject LSS Tutor. I'd like to provide you with some tutoring advice that may be useful to you throughout the quarter. It is important to set up a comfortable environment for your tutoring sessions. Choose a location where there won't be too many distractions or noise. In the first session, state your name and ask everyone in the session to state their name as well. Share some basic information about yourself such as your major, grade level and college affiliation. This will help the students get to know you better and feel more comfortable working with you.

Afterwards, you can ask your tutees about their major, as well as the reason they are taking the class you are tutoring. It is also helpful if you ask each tutee what their previous experience with the language is, just so you can measure what everyone’s background is in the subject .This will give you more knowledge on who might need more help during the sessions .You should establish a goal for every tutoring session, meaning you will establish the points you plan on covering for each session. In order to do this, at the beginning of each session, ask the tutee (or tutees if it’s a group session) what they have been doing in class. From there, focus on what they did not understand from lecture or homework by setting up the points in the order that you plan on covering them.

When tutoring, it is important that your students come prepared with the materials and topics. It up to the student, not the tutor to bring questions and other materials that will contribute to the session. Once the students focus on what topics they want to work on, you can implement different learning techniques to make sure you cover different learning styles. For example, when explaining a grammar rule, encourage students to write down examples and anything else you say so that they have something to go back to when they're doing homework or studying for a quiz. Also, refer to the book when you are tutoring so that the students know they have the book as a recourse to go back to when they are back home, and want to relearn or study the material.

If the room you are tutoring in has a board, utilize the board as a learning tool for those students who are visual and hands on learners. You can write on the board by providing topics from class, such as a reading they discussed in class or recent vocabulary terms. Allow your students to go to the board and jot down main points or definitions based on the topic you chose to discuss. Then as a group goes over the information and adds or edit anything you feel they left out, and again encourage them to write down the information. You also want to encourage collaborative learning in your sessions, so allow your students to work together during group sessions. When going over a lesson, ask students to ask each other questions or try having them explain a grammar rule you're going over in class to another peer in the session.

If your students want to practice their oral spanish, you can also try to ask them to implement their vocabulary terms so that they can also practice using them in conversation. When practicing oral spanish, you can also set up a casual dialogue between you and your students by asking them how their day was and what they plan on doing later on that day, or over the weekend. You can also try implementing the grammar rules they have learned in the conversation to make sure they practice using them correctly. For example, if they are currently going over the subjunctive tense, you can ask them to tell you about their future plans, etc. using the subjunctive tense. If the students mispronounce a word or use a word incorrectly wait until they finish their thought before correcting them. Explain why the words they used were incorrect and give them other alternatives as to what they could have said instead.

Not all students will ask to go over their oral skills with you, depending on how comfortable they are with the language. I do encourage you to try to speak in spanish throughout the session as much as possible. Make sure you speak slowly and clearly so that all your students will be able to understand you. It is also helpful if you have a spanish/english dictionary on hand, so that you can have students look up words they don't know. This technique is more helpful than simply telling the students the answer because the act of looking up the words themselves give them a sense of independence, and helps them remember the word more than if you were to simply tell them the definition.

I hope that this letter of advice has given you some useful ideas that you will be able to use in your tutoring. I wish you the best of luck!

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