UK National Poetry Day

UK National Poetry Day

Poetry is the clear expression of mixed feelings. – W.H. Auden The Power of Poetry Poetry is a kind of alchemy. It has this unique ability to take the complex, messy, joyful, painful thoughts and feelings that we all experience as human beings, and crystallise them down into ink on a page. These lines and […]

Blended Learning

Blended Learning

You may have heard the phrase ‘blended learning’ in recent meetings and seminars. Do you know what it means? Hopefully, this blog will clear up any confusion! If it doesn’t then feel free to e-mail academic@iqbar.co.uk with any questions or comments you may have. Blended learning is an approach to education that combines self-directed online […]

International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day

 In developed countries, it’s easy to forget that learning to read and write is a privilege.  Internationally, 750 million people lack basic literacy skills, and out of this number, 250 million are children.  Two hundred and fifty million children worldwide.  According to international reports, there is a clear and significant direct connection between illiteracy and […]

STEM & Beyond

STEM & Beyond

We’re going places in 2020, we’re going to STEM & Beyond!  STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of integrating four subjects – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics – within lessons. STEM lessons interweave these into a cohesive learning program based on real-world applications. The benefits of teaching these four subjects together are numerous: […]

5 Ways To Improve Your Reviews

5 Ways To Improve Your Reviews

Today, I’m going to teach you how to play a C major chord on the guitar. With the index finger on your left hand, press down the second thinnest string at the first metal fret. Then with your middle finger, the fourth thinnest at the second fret, and finally, with your ring finger, the second […]

Immersive Language Education

Immersive Language Education

At IQBar we are proud of our immersive approach to language learning. We are proud for very good reasons. The educational success of second language immersion education is well established. Immersion programmes have been around for decades, first being established in Canada where English-speaking children were taught French, by French-speaking teachers from a young age. […]

Summer

Summer

Summer is here! The Summer Solstice (between the 20th and 22nd June) marks the official start of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. Depending on where you are in the world, June can usher in the hope of warm, bright days (we try to be optimistic here in Britain!) or it can herald cooler months ahead, […]

World Emoji Day – 17th July

World Emoji Day – 17th July

A brief history of the Emoji If you’re an inhabitant of the digital world of the 21st century, chances are you are probably familiar with these. These pictographic images have revolutionised the way that we communicate, but what are they, and what’s the story behind them? Human beings have a rich history of using pictograms […]

Audiobook Month

Audiobook Month

Welcome to Audiobook Month! Stephen King once said, ‘Books are a uniquely portable magic.’ If this were true of printed books, then it is certainly true of the stories brought to life by audiobooks. For the whole of June, the world will be celebrating this form of entertainment and learning that goes all the way […]

How to celebrate Pride Month at home

How to celebrate Pride Month at home

June is Pride Month! This month is a time to celebrate and support the LGBTQ community in any way that you can. Whether or not you identify as part of the LGBTQ community, everybody can join in this celebration of love. LGBTQ is an acronym used to describe the gay community: L: Lesbian G: Gay […]