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I always recommend listening to Spanish language TV or the radio at least a 1/2 hour a day. The student gets to experience everyday language. To enhance tutoring, I also recommend joining language conversation groups. I always have some handy, but googling is a great start. Don't be afraid if you don't understand everything spoken. It is the natural process of learning another language.

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I found that relating conversation to a student's everyday life is the best method of teaching about food. I than expanded to conversation to include vocabulary to a restaurant or catering business. I than pretended I was a caterer catering a romantic dinner and than a dinner for a boss. I asked questions and went over how to agree or disagree with statements first. Then I had the student go over... read more

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I found teaching medical vocabulary though taped medical TV shows best. I recently pulled up a show of Private Practice and then created a sheet with the vocabulary words specifically for that episode. (Grey's Anatomy would work perfectly too!) When I began the tutoring session, I explained the premise of the show. Then I gave the student a vocabulary sheet and then turned on that episode. I encouraged... read more

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As a tutor, I like teaching direct and indirect object alongside transitive and intransitive verbs. Transitive verbs are incomplete without a direct object such as Art runs ____. I always tell my students to ask themselves who or what to answer what is the direct object. In this example, Art is running where. It is incomplete so it has a transitive verb. An intransitive verb cannot take a direct... read more

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Today I went over that and which with A. A good way of remembering this for the ESL student is that can mean many and which means a specific one. I printed out a sheet on this page to supplement her book. Then we went over whom and who. A good way of remembering this is who is always equivilent to he, she. Then whom can always take the place of her or him. Go to http://www.grammarbook.com/grammar/whoVwhom... read more