Category Archives: Programme Updates

“Stepping Up” – this is how we do it!

Teddy and Ben are our full-time computer teachers for the program Stepping Up. Stepping Up is our computer teaching program that teaches computer and life skills to middle school students in Jiaxing. Why teach Computer skills? We can hardly live … Continue reading

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Active Monitoring

Not all learners develop at the same rate. Monitoring offers the opportunity to assess the progress of individuals, and can also provide an indication of what to re-teach or practice further. Monitoring shouldn’t only happen when students are doing group … Continue reading

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Teaching Tip || Creative Use of Class Rule Cards

Halfway through the semester, are your students already familiar with the class rules? If yes, we suggest you skip this section (which is listed in every lesson plan). There are still some ways you can remind students of the rules. … Continue reading

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Teaching Tip || Flashcard Maniac

We often use flashcards in our classes to present and practice new language. Here I want to introduce some other flashcard activities to help your students remember new words and increase their language output.   Magic eyes Stick a set … Continue reading

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Stepping Stones is moving!

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After nine happy years at Asionics Technology Centre in Changning District, Stepping Stones is moving to Sandbox near Ningguo Lu metro station in Yangpu District! Stepping Stones would like to thank Sandbox for offering free space until summer next year, … Continue reading

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Teaching Tips || The Power of Modeling

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In EFL classes, modeling is often used to help students notice and imitate language patterns, or to show them how to do an activity. This way, teachers can easily get the meaning across without using difficult English or the students’ … Continue reading

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Corinne was awarded the British Empire Medal!

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On Saturday 3rd November, at a small private ceremony in Shanghai’s famous Ruijin Hotel, His Royal Highness The Duke of York, KG presented the British Empire Medal to Stepping Stones’ Founder Corinne Hua. The ceremony was attended by Her Majesty’s … Continue reading

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Kindergarten kids had an English lesson from Duke MBA students!

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On Friday 19 October, Duke MBA students paid a visit to a migrant kindergarten in Shanghai with us as part of their international program. It is on the other side of Shanghai with fewer skyscrapers and more rice fields. Director … Continue reading

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How to get the students to follow your instructions so that you can give a rockstar lesson?

Here below are the refocusing strategies introduced by our new volunteer training manager Claire to get students’ attention in class. Enjoy! The process of getting your students’ attention – without getting frustrated and raising your voice – is challenging. Luckily, … Continue reading

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We are still looking for Online English Corner volunteers.

Do you want to help English teachers for migrant and left-behind children improve their oral English confidence, thus helping them teach their students better? If so, our Teachers’ English Corner may be for you. Based in Shanghai: If you are resident in … Continue reading

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17 individual volunteers have taught 1559 rural students, yay!

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Between January and August 2018, We have sent 17 volunteers to teach in rural schools, villages and community centers. The beneficiaries have all been rural, migrant and ‘left-behind’ children spread out in seven different provinces. Both the beneficiaries and the … Continue reading

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We support our new semester volunteers with onboard trainings!

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The autumn has arrived and our volunteers have had the on-board trainings to start their lessons! In total six trainings have been rolled out to prepare our beloved volunteers for the classroom. We are happy to announce that Stepping Stones has established a … Continue reading

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What does our trainee say about the Videolink Teacher Training program? Read here Ningning’s testimonial!

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Ningning’s Testimonial I’m Ningning, a teacher from Hongbo school in Luyi. In 2017 it was my first year to teach English, so I was nervous every day and felt so much pressure on my shoulders. Fortunately, I received help from … Continue reading

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Come and have a chat with us at the Expat Show!

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We will be present at the annual Expat Show in Shanghai! Come and have a chat with us between 21 – 23 September if you are around! Our stand no. is VI06.

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Our summer camps are over, thank you all for the input!

Our 2018 summer camps are over! Thank you everyone for all your hard work to make this a BIG success (Porsche, Bank of Communications, Target, Aboro, Teaching Nomad, Think Global, Disney English, Yakult, Google and our volunteers) ! Our super … Continue reading

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