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 […]

Teacher Talk Time

Teacher Talk Time

As ESL teachers following the immersive method, we have 3 main goals when helping our students learn English: 1. To help our students reach their language goals Being more skilled in speaking will in turn help our students become better readers and writers. Overall, they will be better at communicating in all areas in their […]

A Whole New World: Working from Home

A Whole New World: Working from Home

Since Coronavirus (COVID-19) has come crashing into everyone’s lives like Miley Cyrus and her wrecking ball, we have all had to adjust to a new way of living. Gone are the days of packing yourself into a train carriage, trying your best not to resemble a Sardine on your daily commute. No more water cooler […]

Keeping Up Appearances – Discovering Your Teaching Persona

Keeping Up Appearances – Discovering Your Teaching Persona

The great 20th-century poet T.S. Eliot put it perfectly. ‘Prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.’ This sums up the teaching profession brilliantly – when we teach, who really are we? What kind of masks do we wear?  Your teaching persona can make a huge difference to the way you are perceived […]

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 […]

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 […]

Who to Contact?

Who to Contact?

Not sure who to contact with a query, update or issue? Fear not! We’ve compiled a list of all the useful contacts to help you locate the right person for you. breadyreassessment@iqbar.co.uk – use this email address if you feel that a Bready is not on the correct level in normal sessions breadyreview@iqbar.co.uk – if […]

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 […]