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 […]

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 […]

Meet the Team – Rose B,  Bready Assessor

Meet the Team – Rose B, Bready Assessor

I joined IQBar last September. It was an uncertain beginning, as I didn´t know if I could adapt to an online teaching role – I only had face to face teaching experience. However, with the support and encouragement of the fantastic team I met here, I quickly became hooked and found joy in a fulfilling […]

Midweek Refresh – Homework

Midweek Refresh – Homework

Homework, how do you feel when you hear that word? Does it send you back to being a kid at school again and the inward groan when homework is set? Do you think about your own children and the help they’ll need this evening when they sit down to get it done? Or is it […]

Being a Buddy while Studying

Being a Buddy while Studying

Hi! I’m Molly, a buddy here at IQBar: a job I love and feel grateful to have the opportunity to do everyday. As well as being an online English teacher, I am a History of Art degree student in England: something that is demanding, rewarding and takes a lot of work, much like my job, […]

Tip for Tuesday:  Why phonics and reading are so important to an ESL learner.

Tip for Tuesday: Why phonics and reading are so important to an ESL learner.

When spending a fair amount of time doing something, working on it consistently, it is only fair to want to see noticeable results. The same applies when learning a new language. You have to consistently work at it and invest hours in order for you to become proficient. As we work with mostly younger students, […]

Meet the Team: Sue – Our Invoicing and Recruitment Officer

Meet the Team: Sue – Our Invoicing and Recruitment Officer

Hi everyone, I’m Sue and I currently have two roles within the company, paying Buddy invoices and coordinating recruitment. I started working for IQBar in May of last year with the invoicing side of things. Back then that was nearly a full-time job, but as with everything here, we have improved from then and the […]