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 […]

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 […]

Meet the Team – Annalyn

Meet the Team – Annalyn

Hello, fellow amazing Buddies! I’m Annalyn. I’ve been working with IQBar for more than a year now. I have done 1,647 sessions as of this writing. Aside from being a happy Buddy, I currently have three other roles within our awesome online school. Let me tell you about them. Craft Maker I make craft videos […]

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 […]

What Does Being TEFL Certified Mean?

What Does Being TEFL Certified Mean?

If you are anything like me, you would also be wondering what a TEFL certification actually means. When I embarked on my journey towards achieving my Bachelors in Early Childhood Education, I frequently crossed paths with the phrase ‘TEFL certification’. At the time of my studies, a bunch of people I knew where getting ready […]