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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Tip for Tuesday – Using Teams

Tip for Tuesday – Using Teams

We’re excited to announce that today we’ll be shifting all IQBar communication to Microsoft Teams! Teams will be replacing Wechat and a number of other apps we currently use to become our centralised communication hub. Within the new platform, each Buddy will be given a personalised IQBar email which all notifications will be sent to, […]

#TipForTuesday – Phonics, what if your Bready seems too advanced?

#TipForTuesday – Phonics, what if your Bready seems too advanced?

Unlike some of our other courses that offer a little flexibility in how they are taught and what is included in a lesson, our phonics course follow a very specific formula in line with the original ‘Letters and Sounds’ course published by the Department for Education and skills in the UK. Modified for ESL learners, […]

#TipForTuesday – What to do if the Classroom Goes Down

#TipForTuesday – What to do if the Classroom Goes Down

Technology is a wonderful thing. It has made our lives immeasurably easier, we can find information at the click of a button, we can take photographs of black holes, we can teach from an interactive classroom in one country all the way to our student in another. …But sometimes it goes wrong. Technology failing is […]

Key Tips for Beginner Buddies

Key Tips for Beginner Buddies

Pretty soon after teaching my first online lesson I realised there is quite a lot to consider. Online teaching is a lot like standard classroom teaching as it comes with a number of challenges and struggles. I learnt that I needed to adapt rather quickly and definitely had to brush up on quite a few […]

TipforTuesday – A little info into the different English Exams our Breadies take.

TipforTuesday – A little info into the different English Exams our Breadies take.

KET, PET, IELTS, TEFL, these names all sounds pretty similar and seeing one of them pop up in your session schedule for the first time can be at first a little alarming – just what is that exam? To save you a lot of time and research, this week’s #TipforTuesday is a break-down of all […]

Tip For Tuesday – What Sort of Headset Should I Use?

Tip For Tuesday – What Sort of Headset Should I Use?

What are the key elements of a successful online lesson? Of course, you’ve got a well-structured and interesting lesson plan, you’ve got a passionate teacher and a ready-to-learn student, and – importantly – the right technology to help you along. Clear audio technology means Breadies can fully hear your intonation, pronunciation and grammar use – […]

Event of the Month – St Patrick’s Day

Event of the Month – St Patrick’s Day

People in the streets, green clovers falling from the sky, Guinness being passed around the crowd, it’s time for St Patrick’s Day! The day for the Patron Saint of Ireland is one celebrated not only on the Emerald Isle but around the UK and America. In this month’s newsletter we look at the history of […]