Tutoring centered on what’s happening in Gosia's life
Initially, Dave and Gosia concentrated on correcting her grammar and pronunciation, as well as increasing her vocabulary, with a variety of reading materials. Dave encouraged Gosia to write down difficult words or terminology that she came across in her homework or everyday life. Then, they would begin their next lesson by going over those words.
Tutoring opened Dave's eyes to the many idiosyncrasies that occur in the English language. Additionally, Dave is learning Spanish, which has increased his awareness of accents and has helped him identify what sounds may be easier or more difficult for Gosia. To help navigate the English language, Dave teaches Gosia base words, which she can then use when she hears new vocabulary. For example, Gosia knew what the word "cycle" meant, and when she encountered the word "bicycle," she understood that it had to do with rotation.
They also had fun in their tutoring sessions. For example, Gosia was interested in learning about the stock market and the 2020 election. Dave researched those topics and found articles at Gosia's reading level. It was entertaining for him, and Gosia had a blast learning.