Key Tips for Beginner Buddies

Key Tips for Beginner Buddies

Pretty soon after teaching my first online lesson I realised there is quite a lot to consider. Online teaching is a lot like standard classroom teaching as it comes with a number of challenges and struggles. I learnt that I needed to adapt rather quickly and definitely had to brush up on quite a few […]

Preparing to Teach Online for the First Time

Preparing to Teach Online for the First Time

Written by Rose Lombard, a current Buddy at IQBar Online teaching is one of those topics that sound quite daunting at first, well; at least it did to me. I am an introvert, so this seemed like something very scary for me to do. It’s the fear of the unknown I guess, but boy am […]

What are China’s new regulations on online learning and how do they apply to you?

What are China’s new regulations on online learning and how do they apply to you?

Due to China’s new regulations on extra-curricular English schools, all online tutors are now required by law to have a TEFL qualification. The online education sector in China is booming, with figures suggesting a 15% increase in users annually. In a study back in 2014, it was suggested 78 million people across China were accessing […]

Easy Prop Ideas

Easy Prop Ideas

Life as a new Buddy – Laura Explains the Training Process

Life as a new Buddy – Laura Explains the Training Process

Although I have taught in a traditional classroom for a number of years, teaching online via a video-based platform was a new experience for me (and quite an intimidating prospect at that!). I had absolutely no idea what to expect, and no idea of what would be expected of me in return! With IQBar, however, […]

The Purpose of Preparation.

The Purpose of Preparation.

Best to be Prepared Words by Amanda Harrison  Why do we have to prepare for lessons if it’s already loaded in the classroom like Picaro, or if the content is available for downloading anyway? It’s already all there right? Right! So, why prepare? Preparation is key to a successful session with Breadies. Picaro can seem […]

On difficult lessons.

On difficult lessons.

Every single Buddy has had or will have a difficult lesson with a Bready (or a few). I’ve had my fair share of difficult lessons. Two really tough lessons stand out for me though. The first one was where the mom kept shouting orders at her son, drowning out everything I said. She went as […]

Don’t Fear the Wait Time – Maria Kenngott

Don’t Fear the Wait Time – Maria Kenngott

Don’t Fear the Wait Time By: Maria Kenngott We live in an age that fears silence. We text, we tap, we watch Netflix; anything but endure a moment’s quiet reflection. But in teaching, as in life, sometimes we need to step back and let the silence speak.             “What’s you’re favourite colour?” You wait half […]

Tip for Tuesday: The Importance of Tone of Voice

Tip for Tuesday: The Importance of Tone of Voice

One area of teaching which is sometimes forgotten, but vitally important, is the tone of voice. Consciously or unconsciously, humans are constantly reading visual and auditory cues to understand meaning and emotions and with teaching – particularly when teaching in a different language – it becomes even more important to get this right. As Woolfolk […]

Tips for Lower Level Breadies

Tips for Lower Level Breadies

The lower level materials such as the phonics course, FEW and Picaro units 1 and 2 can at times seem daunting to teach. Unlike the higher levels which cover a range of topics, grammar practice, and reading, the lower levels is limited to simple words, sounds and activities. On top of this, most children at […]