‘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, […]

Misconceptions of Teaching Online

Misconceptions of Teaching Online

School, college, university, are some of the places you’ll find the two most essential instruments for learning to occur; both a teacher and a student. For many years this has been the way to “effectively” teach a subject and for a student to learn. It is what we would say the traditional teaching method. 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 […]

Age Appropriate Content

Age Appropriate Content

Teaching at IQBar is truly an amazing experience. Seeing our Breadies exceed their goals and reach their full potential is as rewarding for us as it is for them. In order to make the Breadies’ learning journey at IQBar a success, we must ensure that we provide them with the most effective resources. When entering […]

Incidental Language

Incidental Language

Incidental language are those extra words and idioms used in a conversation that may be normal to us but can be difficult for Breadies to follow. It can sometimes be useful for higher levels as it is a natural part of conversation that can allow Breadies to pick up extra vocabulary and a more natural […]

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 […]

#TipforTuesday – IQBar’s Management Structure

#TipforTuesday – IQBar’s Management Structure

In this week’s #TipForTuesday we’re going to be looking at the team who work tirelessly behind the scenes for Buddies to make sure everyone feels supported, comfortable and can develop themselves while teaching on the platform. As anyone who has become a Buddy over the past year will know, there has been a huge shift […]

Kids scare me…a little bit

Kids scare me…a little bit

I remember the very first time I stood in front of a bunch of little ones and had to teach them something. Granted, I was in my comfort-zone (if by comfort-zone you mean: struggling to get them to stay quiet, listen, respond or generally be somewhat manageable). I’m kidding, of course, I was nowhere close […]