UK National Poetry Day

UK National Poetry Day

Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings. – W.H. Auden The Power of Poetry Poetry is a kind of alchemy. It has this unique ability to take the complex, messy, joyful, painful thoughts and feelings that we all experience as human beings, and crystallise them down into ink on a page. These lines and […]

Teacher Talk Time

Teacher Talk Time

As ESL teachers following the immersive method, we have 3 main goals when helping our students learn English: 1. To help our students reach their language goals Being more skilled in speaking will in turn help our students become better readers and writers. Overall, they will be better at communicating in all areas in their […]

British Food Fortnight

British Food Fortnight

Food festivals happen all year round in the UK, a major one being British Food Fortnight which takes place each year from the 19th September to 4th October. Briefly, it’s a competition that celebrates and supports local food producers and communities. It was founded by Alexia Robinson in 2002 to bring together all of the […]

Blended Learning

Blended Learning

You may have heard the phrase ‘blended learning’ in recent meetings and seminars. Do you know what it means? Hopefully, this blog will clear up any confusion! If it doesn’t then feel free to e-mail academic@iqbar.co.uk with any questions or comments you may have. Blended learning is an approach to education that combines self-directed online […]

Roald Dahl Day

Roald Dahl Day

Spy, fighter pilot, celebrated writer. Who could be in possession such an extensive resume, but Roald Dahl? Author of such beloved children’s books as Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and many more, Dahl’s enchanting, funny, whimsical tales have been adored by children worldwide for decades. Each year, Roald Dahl Day […]

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day

 In developed countries, it’s easy to forget that learning to read and write is a privilege.  Internationally, 750 million people lack basic literacy skills, and out of this number, 250 million are children.  Two hundred and fifty million children worldwide.  According to international reports, there is a clear and significant direct connection between illiteracy and […]

STEM & Beyond

STEM & Beyond

We’re going places in 2020, we’re going to STEM & Beyond!  STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of integrating four subjects – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – within lessons. STEM lessons interweave these into a cohesive learning program based on real-world applications. The benefits of teaching these four subjects together are numerous: […]

Keeping Up Appearances – Discovering Your Teaching Persona

Keeping Up Appearances – Discovering Your Teaching Persona

The great 20th-century poet T.S. Eliot put it perfectly. ‘Prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.’ This sums up the teaching profession brilliantly – when we teach, who really are we? What kind of masks do we wear?  Your teaching persona can make a huge difference to the way you are perceived […]

Immersive Language Education

Immersive Language Education

At IQBar we are proud of our immersive approach to language learning. We are proud for very good reasons. The educational success of second language immersion education is well established. Immersion programmes have been around for decades, first being established in Canada where English-speaking children were taught French, by French-speaking teachers from a young age. […]

Children’s Art Week

Children’s Art Week

Children’s Art Week is run every year by ‘Engage’ who promote art education in the UK. This year, with the global situation, a lot of the events are being run online. It takes place across three weeks in June and July and each week has a theme which can be found here: https://engage.org/happenings/childrens-art-week/ . The […]