Autism Awareness Month – 10 Myths About Autism

Autism Awareness Month – 10 Myths About Autism

When you hear the word ‘Autism’ what do you think of?  Worldwide, 1 in 160 children has an autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) and sadly are still often subject to stigma, discrimination and misunderstanding.   To try and raise awareness and tackle some of the common misconceptions, ‘National Autism Awareness Month’ is celebrated every April.   Here at IQBar, we’d like to […]

International Haiku Day

International Haiku Day

Learn about International Haiku Day the appropriate way. April seventeenth-  When the world gets together  to promote haiku!   It is haiku day.  They are a kind of poem  that come from Japan.  It was founded in  2007 by   The Haiku Founda-  tion, a charity  that seeks to promote haiku  and literacy,  cultural exchange  creative education  and love of […]

World Health Day 2020- How are you staying healthy during this time?

World Health Day 2020- How are you staying healthy during this time?

Today is World Health Day, presented by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It is a global awareness day that provides the opportunity to focus on a particular health problem or issue that deserves special attention. The campaign theme of World Health Day this year is nurses and midwives. Therefore, we would like to honour the […]

Original Pranksters – April Fool’s Day

Original Pranksters – April Fool’s Day

The most light-hearted day of the year is here! Happy April Fool’s Day!  A day to celebrate practical jokes and laugh at the gullible. The time of year where we all think of our friends and family to deduce what person is the most susceptible to an outlandish hoax.     Instead of planning a practical […]

Daylight Saving Time 2020 – How will it affect Buddies?

Daylight Saving Time 2020 – How will it affect Buddies?

Please be aware that the clocks will be changing towards the end of the month. On Sunday 29th March at 1am, the UK clocks will go forward by 1 hour.  What is Daylight Saving Time?  Twice a year the UK takes part in Daylight Saving, where the time changes by one hour, and every year […]

50-Word Story Competition

50-Word Story Competition

To celebrate the 60th Birthday of Dr. Seuss’ Green Eggs and Ham on 2nd March 2020 we decided to hold a 50 Word Story competition The competition was simple. Create a 50-word story and the top 5 would be posted in our blog The response was fantastic and we received many great stories Before we announce the […]

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 […]