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Help English teachers to practice speaking English!

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

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Happy Chinese New Year and two vacancies!

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  Some brief updates: Stepping Stones is recruiting: Due to the departure of two key staff members, we now have vacancies for a Communications Manager as well as a Program Manager for our Shanghai English Teaching Program. You can find … Continue reading

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Vacancy: Communications Manager

The Communications Manager reports to the Executive Director,  and: Works with the whole team to formulate and implement Stepping Stones’ Communications Strategy, which integrates message development, web presence, and social media. Collects stories and key messages from staff, volunteers and … Continue reading

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New video tells Stepping Stones’ story!

Please check out this touching video, which tells Stepping Stones’ story from the very beginning! A huge thank you to ID Creations, who have been making beautiful and highly professional videos for us since 2009, and all pro bono! Woohoo!! … Continue reading

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Glam Soirée raises funds for Stepping Stones!

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On the evening of Thursday 10th January, Stepping Stones’ staff and volunteers swapped their Stepping Stones t-shirts for fancy evening wear, and headed to Glam at M on the Bund to host a New Year Soirée for Stepping Stones’ top … Continue reading

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You want to be an English teaching volunteer in Shanghai? Here is your chance!

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Are you based in Shanghai and willing to dedicate time for English volunteering? Please check this opportunity below! If you are interested in this opportunity, please click here.

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We are recruiting Videolink Volunteers!

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Are you willing to dedicate time to teach rural kids English? We have a remote opportunity for you. Please click here if you are ready to register after reading the description.  

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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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