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27 November 2007 @ 08:54 pm
Tutoring  
Today was the first day of actual literacy (well, ESL) tutoring. I was a bit nervous, since it's been five weeks since we went through the actual training, but we had agreed to come and we knew what we were getting into.

As it turned out, it wasn't bad at all. The first person I had to tutor spoke a little English, so he understood most of what I said, though I (as I expected) often had to slow down and use simpler sentences. When I was told that the classes were beginners, I expected them to know less English than they did. This bit went pretty well, especially when I made little "cards" for the words in a sentence to show how moving the verb to the front made it into a question.

The second person was a good writer, but not very good at speaking at all, so most of the session was me helping her with the pronunciation of various adjectives. The second half, after we finish that, was conversation practice. It was mostly her telling me about her career back in Brazil and why she was in the U.S., with occasion

I was able to translate some of the words she wanted to know based on my minimal Spanish (she's a painter, and one of the things she paints is "paisagem." The Spanish "pais" means "country," I figured country -> countryside -> landscapes. I also figured out she was a prize-winning painter, because the Spanish and Portuguese words for "prize" are the same), so hopefully it was helpful. All in all, it went a lot better than I feared.

Yay. :)
 
 
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