St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day

Every country has their own unique cultural symbols. Whether these are people, flags or artefacts, they have a deep historical significance, acting as signifiers of cultural identity and heritage.  In the case of the British Isles, what is often somewhat misunderstood is that there are several distinct nations, each with its own unique symbols. England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, are represented by ‘patron saints.’  Each of these saints, St […]

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 […]

Can you save the Spider Monkeys?

Can you save the Spider Monkeys?

British Science Week takes place between 6-15 March 2020. It is a ten-day celebration of science in the UK.    Every year there is a theme; this year the theme is ‘Our Diverse Planet’ – celebrating the amazing diversity we see across the world. There are various ways this topic can be interpreted from biodiversity […]

Dr. Seuss Day

Dr. Seuss Day

Monday 2nd March is officially Dr. Seuss Day, celebrating the life and amazing work of Theodor Seuss Geisel. Dr. Seuss was born 2nd March 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. He was a writer and cartoonist, well known for his children’s books including The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Horton Hears a […]

Topping Off Pancake Day

Topping Off Pancake Day

Pancake day is upon us. For a lot of people, it is time to sit down with family and friends and enjoy some (or a copious amount of) pancakes. Pancake Day is not just about delicious desserts, it is also known around the world as Shrove Tuesday. It falls on the day before Ash Wednesday […]

Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day

Just like that, Valentine’s Day is upon us. A time when the shops start stocking up on flowers, chocolates and heart-shaped everything. Whether you love it or hate it, it’s the perfect excuse to show your cheesy, romantic side.  With the flowery, lovey-dovey language that Valentine’s Day brings, it provides the perfect opportunity to teach Breadies about how language can be made more interesting. Therefore, this blog will highlight some ways you […]

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 […]

Be Patient. Enjoy the Ride!

Be Patient. Enjoy the Ride!

I wish someone had told me this when I had joined IQBar. Enjoy the ride, the destination will always be there waiting for you. In my previous blog, I mentioned how I had found IQBar. Or let me rephrase; how I struggled with other companies before finding IQBar. ‘Be patient and enjoy the ride’ also applies to […]