Tip for Tuesday: Correcting

Tip for Tuesday: Correcting

We’ve all had students who, after being corrected, begin to lose confidence and disengage from the lesson. Despite trying their hardest, it is inevitable that a student will make a few grammatical errors, pronunciation mistakes and misuse of words. Some students take corrections with a pinch of salt, accept it and move on. For others […]

An Awareness of Chinese in the Classroom

An Awareness of Chinese in the Classroom

Survival Classroom Chinese The standard approach to ESL teaching is not to use student’s mother language (L1) when teaching, but rather just use the target language (L2) – this way you create an environment that allows the student to develop his/her language skills in a similar fashion to how we learnt our mother language. All […]

#TipforTuesday – Varying Praise

#TipforTuesday – Varying Praise

We all know it’s important to praise our Breadies during sessions – praise not only makes the Bready feel happy when getting something right but also boosts confidence and helps the Bready remain focused and work effectively. One thing you may not consider whilst teaching is the importance ofvarying praise, i.e making sure your praise is […]

Tip for Tuesday: Adapting Materials for Lower Levels

Tip for Tuesday: Adapting Materials for Lower Levels

Our Tip for Tuesday this week is all about how best to adapt our new Picaro materials for very low level Breadies! Unlike our older materials, IQBar’s Picaro slides begin very easy but gradually get a lot harder, particularly in the taster sessions. This allows Buddies to assess the Bready’s level and for the Bready […]

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 […]

Cutting out ‘NO’ for Good

Cutting out ‘NO’ for Good

This week’s Tips for Tuesday was written by Liam Pressley for our January Newsletter. We have all been told “no” at some point in our lives. This may have been said by a parent, a teacher or even a boss, and regardless of who said it or why it was expressed, we tend to always […]

Solving the Problem of a Distracted Bready

Solving the Problem of a Distracted Bready

Whether we are preoccupied with other thoughts, day dreaming, or just plain tired, we are all been guilty of occasionally “switching off” from the task at hand.  You may have had a long day at work, be undergoing a challenging emotional experience, or you might have simply not slept long enough the night before.  Whatever […]