Educational Theory of the Month: The Immersive Method

Educational Theory of the Month: The Immersive Method

The ‘immersive’ method when I first heard it got me thinking about jumping into the sea. You look at the sea, people can tell you that it’s cold, or that if you just jump in it’ll be okay, or if you breathe deeply it will feel warmer faster… but really, it’s not until you actually […]

Tip for Tuesday: Writing a good review after a Taster session

An amazing Taster session shows the ability of the Buddy (teacher) to articulate and teach the lesson to someone who wants to study at IQBar. However, we often forget that an extraordinary Taster review is just as important as the session itself. It contributes to the decision-making process of the students who want to join […]

How To Reduce Incidental Language Whilst Teaching Lower Levels

How To Reduce Incidental Language Whilst Teaching Lower Levels

Incidental language- those extra words that are not really part of the lesson when learning English or any foreign language. As native speakers, we are so used to speaking with so many extra words and jargons and it comes off naturally.  However, it can be difficult for our lower-level Breadies learning English and in turn […]

Managing Teaching Spaces While Studying

Managing Teaching Spaces While Studying

If the first step to balancing teaching for IQBar and being a student was organising your schedule, the next is most certainly setting up the ideal teaching space. It goes without saying that having a clear workspace equals a clear mind for working. When you are a student, living in perhaps less ideal living environments […]

Puppets and props – Wednesday Wisdom

Puppets and props – Wednesday Wisdom

The importance of using puppets, soft toys and props for young Breadies. Puppets and soft toys are often a must-have for teachers of young learners, particularly those teaching ESL. There is something about small companions in the classroom that can help children relax and feel entertained, and when you’re in a one-to-one setting where English […]

IQBar’s New Classroom

IQBar’s New Classroom

From 5pm (UK time) today, Sunday the 21st of July, IQBar will be launching its new classroom! The new system works similarly to our old classroom, but with a number of upgrades and new features that makes teaching on the platform just that little bit more efficient and fun! So what are the changes and […]

Educational Theory of the Month – Spiral Curriculum – Jerome Bruner

Educational Theory of the Month – Spiral Curriculum – Jerome Bruner

“We begin with the hypothesis that any subject can be taught in some intellectually honest form to any child at any stage of development.” Jerome Bruner You may have noticed that often when teaching a regular Bready doing the Picaro course, the same material just keeps coming up. This is because IQBar follows Jerome Bruner’s […]

Balancing Student Life and IQBar

Balancing Student Life and IQBar

Having given a brief overview of what it is like to be a full-time university student and a buddy at IQBar, I thought it would be useful to talk a little about how I make this work for me! As previously mentioned, juggling study and teaching takes a lot of planning and commitment, but it […]

Midweek Refresh – Lesson Structure

Midweek Refresh – Lesson Structure

When you only have a half an hour (or twenty five minute) slot for teaching, making sure you keep to a tight deadline and structure becomes fundamentally important! At IQBar, we’ve developed a structure that we think helps to keep Breadies engaged, give them time to reflect, and also time to relax and have fun […]

The Chinese Education System – How does it work?

The Chinese Education System – How does it work?

As you may have noticed over the past month, bookings have dropped a little as students prepare for their English exams and end of term exams before the summer season. Many students will be thinking about the work they will need to do over the summer holidays and some will be a little scared about […]