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Season’s Greetings from all of us at Stepping Stones

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A lovely interview with our lovely volunteer Connie!

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  Stepping Stones volunteer Connie Yuan made history last month, becoming our longest-serving ever individual rural volunteer, having spent six full weeks living and teaching in the town of Taohuajiang, Hunan province. We asked Connie, who is from California, about her experience. … Continue reading

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Teaching Tip | A Different Way to Keep Score

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Need a more engaging score-keeping method to spice up the competition in your classroom? Here is one called ‘football’. First, you’ll need to draw a playing field like this one on the board: Next, divide your students into two teams. … Continue reading

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Volunteer Appreciation Party was great!

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A big THANK YOU to all volunteers who attended the Stepping Stones Volunteer Appreciation Party on Wednesday, 5th Dec. We were there, of course, to celebrate this semester’s achievement: over 200 volunteers delivering more than 1,700 lessons to 3,600 students … Continue reading

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“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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