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 […]

‘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, […]

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 […]

Community & Support at IQBar

Community & Support at IQBar

Working from home can be incredibly lonely. It can be easy to let days pass by without having to leave the house, or sometimes even without speaking to another person. Being self-employed means there isn’t a busy team of people around you like there would be in an office that you can chat to throughout […]

Questioning our Questioning

Questioning our Questioning

As teachers we ask a lot of questions, in fact current research suggests that we ask over 400 a day!  Think about your last teaching session, how many questions did you ask?  Most of the time we instinctively start a session with a question, along the lines of “how are you today?”.  Often as we […]

What is phonics?

What is phonics?

What is phonics? A few weeks ago, our teaching quality manager Daniel ran a seminar about phonics and the importance of students understanding phonics for reading comprehension and spelling. It proved so useful with so many teachers taking the content and turning it into session materials we thought we’d write a quick summary of phonics […]

The Travelling Teacher: Russia

The Travelling Teacher: Russia

‘Introducing yourself’ Introducing yourself. This is something any employee at IQBar frequently says!  Firstly, hi and a big welcome to all IQBar buddies and those interested in learning more about us!  So, who am ? Name: My name is Trudie. Age: I’m currently 27. Height: Stands at a whooping 5ft 2. Special qualities: I’m in ‘Team Ginge’ and it’s […]