The Travelling Teacher – Getting back in touch with nature

In this week’s blog I’ll be taking a step back from the typical ‘tourist’ places, like the amazing Shanghai Disney, and getting back in touch with nature. I love nothing more than a good hike or trek and taking in what a wonderful little planet we live on. I always try to spy the smallest […]

The Travelling Teacher: Asian Gems

The Travelling Teacher: Asian Gems

In my last entry from The Travelling Teacher I wrote about the fantastic sites I visited whilst in Beijing but my Asian sightseeing didn’t stop there! Following this, I explored The Great Wall of China, The Terracotta Warriors and made my way to the metropolis that is Shanghai. Read on to find out more!  These […]

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 […]

Introducing our new Picaro taster sessions!

Introducing our new Picaro taster sessions!

Today IQBar will officially be launching its new Picaro courses for young learners. Picaro is an interactive and innovative course which uses games, characters and proven English learning methods to create an enjoyable and memorable experience for Breadies. The course has been developed in cooperation with Cambridge English Language Assessment which means our Breadies will […]

The Travelling Teacher: Bustling Beijing

The Travelling Teacher: Bustling Beijing

My last blog mentioned just a handful of places to eat in Beijing but it is scattered with delectable dining options. This blog will focus on some of the landmarks there are to visit in and around Beijing. There’s a lot to see here and with this trip only lasting 11 days, we tried to maximise our […]

The Travelling Teacher: The Trans-Siberian, stopping at Mongolia

The Travelling Teacher: The Trans-Siberian, stopping at Mongolia

Mongolia <3 My favourite place to date!  The journey across the Trans-Siberian spanned 15 days, with few stops. In fact, there were only 3 stops where we left the train: Russia, Mongolia and Beijing. I’ve travelled to many places but to date, Mongolia is still my favourite. I hope I can do Mongolia the justice […]

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 Trans-Siberian: The experience of a lifetime.

The Trans-Siberian: The experience of a lifetime.

This experience was truly a once in a lifetime opportunity. If you like to be different and don’t want to take the conventional travel route, then this is for you! This comes at price though. It resulted in my savings pot taking a major hit….. but it was totally worth it!  Now I have to admit it […]

The Travelling Teacher: Beijing bites – a taster of some yummy places to eat

The Travelling Teacher: Beijing bites – a taster of some yummy places to eat

Arriving in Beijing  When the 15 days aboard the train came to an end, it felt like it was here far too soon! I’d adapted to ‘train-life’ and loved waking up each day to a new moving window portrait. Beijing was the final destination for our train. It meant that we had officially finished our […]

China’s Booming Online Education Market

China’s Booming Online Education Market

Online education is on the rise in China. As the middle class rapidly grows, so too does the demand for further education – and where better to look than online? According to The China Online Education Report 2016-2021, China’s online education industry has expanded by around 20% in recent years with an estimated 78 million […]