Foreign Language Tutoring in Austin
JB Tutoring offers tutoring in Spanish, French, and American Sign Language (ASL). We understand how important it is to feel confident and proficient when it comes to mastering a foreign language. Whether your student is struggling with verb conjugations, vocabulary, or sentence structure, we at JB Tutoring are here to help! Our dedicated tutors invest their time and energy in helping your student feel more confident in their written, verbal, and auditory command of a foreign language. Contact us today to get started with our affordable tutoring service!
Austin Spanish Tutoring
No matter which level of a Foreign Language your student is struggling with, we have a knowledgeable, capable tutor ready to help!
JB Tutoring offers personalized assistance in the following levels of Foreign Languages:
American Sign Language
What to Expect in a Foreign Language Session
Students should come to their tutoring sessions prepared with all necessary study materials. This may include:
Study guide for an upcoming exam
Likewise, the tutor will come to the session with scratch paper and a pencil or a whiteboard and marker. Depending on the needs of the student, a tutor may also bring a laptop.
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If the student needs the tutor to bring supplementary study materials, please let Jaclyn know in advance! We are happy to provide these items, but we need to know ahead of time so the tutor can plan accordingly.
To begin the session, the tutor will ask the student what he or she has been learning in Spanish class (ie. Preterite Tense, Indirect/Direct Object Pronouns, Por vs. Para, etc.) and how comfortable he or she feels with that concept.
Typically, the tutor will encourage the student to read the first set of directions on the assignment and then let the student attempt the homework problem on their own. This process answers the question: Can the student start the problem on their own? If the answer to this question is no, the tutor will then demonstrate how to accurately perform a homework problem.
With Spanish, it is often helpful to begin by translating the sentence into English. Once the student understands what the sentence is saying, it is easier to identify the subject and figure out how to conjugate a verb or which indirect or direct pronoun is appropriate for that fill-in-the-blank question. If translation does not come easily, some students will need to start with pure memorization -- memorization of preterite tense endings, verb meanings, etc. Typically, a student will know some endings or verb meanings, but not all of them. That is normal, and this is where flashcards or Quizlet are going to be particularly helpful!
Once the student better understands the verb endings and how to tackle a problem, then he or she can try a problem again on their own. If the student gets stuck again, the tutor will ask guiding questions, offer a more in-depth explanation, or explain the question in a different way.
The goal of this process is to create independence and confidence within the student so that he or she can tackle questions efficiently and with ease. By the end of the session, the student should be able to read the directions, recognize the question type (what the question is asking for), translate what they can into English, and then fill in the blank correctly.