Topping Off Pancake Day

Topping Off Pancake Day

Pancake day is upon us. For a lot of people, it is time to sit down with family and friends and enjoy some (or a copious amount of) pancakes. Pancake Day is not just about delicious desserts, it is also known around the world as Shrove Tuesday. It falls on the day before Ash Wednesday […]

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Just like that, Valentine’s Day is upon us. A time when the shops start stocking up on flowers, chocolates and heart-shaped everything. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s the perfect excuse to show your cheesy, romantic side.  With the flowery, lovey-dovey language that Valentine’s Day brings, it provides the perfect opportunity to teach Breadies about how language can be made more interesting. Therefore, this blog will highlight some ways you […]

Coronavirus – Your Questions Answered

Coronavirus – Your Questions Answered

What is the Coronavirus?  Did you know there isn’t just one coronavirus? Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that have certain features in common. In humans, they cause respiratory symptoms, everything from a mild cold to pneumonia. What they all have in common is part of their structure which makes them look like a little […]

Think SMART

Think SMART

‘Just keep writing as much as you can Katie. This will help you to learn more new English words.’  ‘Katie should work on using full sentences when speaking English, this is very important to avoid miscommunication. I suggest that each day until our next lesson, she writes a sentence in Chinese and then translates it into English.’  […]

Chinese Teenage Culture

Chinese Teenage Culture

Currently I am developing new IQBar courses for a range of Breadies.  One of the most common questions I find myself asking is what examples of people I should use that are relevant in China and that will make the lessons engaging.  There can sometimes be a perception of Chinese teenagers being somehow different to […]

Be Patient. Enjoy the Ride!

Be Patient. Enjoy the Ride!

I wish someone had told me this when I had joined IQBar. Enjoy the ride, the destination will always be there waiting for you. In my previous blog, I mentioned how I had found IQBar. Or let me rephrase; how I struggled with other companies before finding IQBar. ‘Be patient and enjoy the ride’ also applies to […]

‘Tis the season to feast on Christmas idioms –tips for teaching idioms.

‘Tis the season to feast on Christmas idioms –tips for teaching idioms.

What is an idiom?  An idiom is a commonly used figure of speech in which the meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words.   We often use these expressions without realising it, as they are very natural to us as English speakers. However, to a non-native speaker, idioms may sound peculiar and […]

Always make sure that you’re in the right classroom.

Always make sure that you’re in the right classroom.

My experience entering the wrong classroom. Being a buddy for almost a year now, I would have never thought that I would make the mistake of entering the wrong classroom. I always enter all of my classrooms at least 5 minutes before the start time so that I can prepare for the upcoming lesson. However, […]

Misconceptions of Teaching Online

Misconceptions of Teaching Online

School, college, university, are some of the places you’ll find the two most essential instruments for learning to occur; both a teacher and a student. For many years this has been the way to “effectively” teach a subject and for a student to learn. It is what we would say the traditional teaching method. However […]

Finding the perfect fit. Finding IQBar

A few years ago, I was working as a duty manager at a rather prominent hotel in South Africa. This hotel although geographically situated in the lush winelands of South Africa, was out of this world! Its clientele was predominately foreign guests. They would arrive in all sorts of stylish manners, from sleek helicopters to even […]