How to Teach with DaDaABC in 2018: A Guide to Getting Hired
With online teaching continuing to gain momentum there is no shortage of people looking to get hired and start teaching from the comforts of their own home. DaDaABC has just raised $100 million in funding and continues to hire like crazy in an effort to meet the growing demand of their students.
If you’re looking to join the party then this guide is for you – read ahead for how to get hired by DaDaABC including what they pay and what their hiring process looks like.
What is DaDaABC?
DadaABC is one of the leading employers for educators looking to teach online. Based in China and partnered with the American TESOL Institute, DadaABC aims to provide English lessons on-demand to Chinese students.
The DaDaABC platform ESL teachers to connect with children between the ages of 4 to 16 in a one-on-one setting while presenting the best possible teaching environment possible. The system is already internationally recognized and DaDaABC already holds collaborations and partnerships with Person, National Geographic, PTE Young Learners, Highlights and Penguin Random House to deliver a curriculum that is all-encompassing and empowering through the English language.
How much does DaDaABC pay?
Teachers can expect to make between $15-$25/hr teaching with DadaABC – this is very much in line with what other teaching companies pay and while you won’t be rich, you will be able to work from home!
The actual amount is determined at the beginning of the hiring process and based off of your demo class and your training – the better you do the more you’ll make! There are also occasional bonuses for things like using props (about $8) and for students that sign up after taking one of your demo classes (about $15).
The DaDaABC program is a contractual position that spans for 12 months and all teachers will have their salary reevaluated after the first year. Also, because they are contractors, all teachers are responsible for reporting and paying their own taxes.
Because there is so much weight (in terms of what you ‘ll make) tied to your demo class performance, it’s worth mentioning a few ways to stand out – we also did a great interview with a DadaABC teacher on the topic as well.
- Smile while you teach: DaDaABC is always on the search for ESL teachers that can convey happiness and joy as part of the learning process!
- Assess your student’s level of knowledge: DaDaABC loves candidates who are sensitive to the current learning levels of their students so ask questions to get a feel for their abilities.
- Speak slowly
- Shower your kids with praise
- Make faces and be funny: DadaABC is big into teachers who have fun – the more lively you are the better the result will be!
After your demo class, the ranking an assessment results will be pivotal to ensuring that you go on to earn a significant amount at the end of the day. Try your best to do well in the demo class and you just might make away with $25 per hour.
What are the requirements to teach for DaDaABC?
The criteria to be an online teacher continues to get stricter as the market matures and DadaABC is no exception. To even reach the interview process you must meet the following conditions:
- Be a native English Speaker
- You must have a bachelor’s degree (any subject is fine)
- Your internet speed must be at least 10mb for downloads (don’t know what yours is? Check here)
- Your computer must have good audio/video capabilities (check out our guides on laptops for teachers and best webcams for online teachers for tips)
What is the interview process?
DadaABC uses a pretty robust interview process comprised of a number of steps. To begin, interested teachers will need to fill out an application available on the website. The information will gather basic details and contact information and successful applicants ate usually contacted within three days.
If you meet the basic criteria (degree, native speaker), the next step is the initial interview. These interviews are usually conducted through video platforms like WeChat or Skype and applicants who do well will be provided with a login for the next part of the process.
The next step in the interview process is the Total Physical Response training or TPR. This process helps DaDaABC evaluate your teaching style and teaching skills. Upon completion of this step, you will need to familiarize yourself with some videos of other teachers and then proceed to have a demo class. The tips for a successful demo class have already been listed above. Remember that the performance of the demo class usually plays a role in determining your hourly pay. If you are successful at this stage, you will proceed to sign a contract and enter a probation review period.
Some advice from a current DadaABC teacher, Jason, from Digino: “The best way to not only pass the DaDaABC hiring process, but pass it with the highest wage possible, is to do your preparation early. For example, you can prepare by practicing communicating clearly using TPR.”
The process looks like this:
- CV upload
- Initial interview
- Internet and hardware connection test
- System training
- Total Physical Response training
- Watching videos of qualified teachers
- Hosting a demo class
- Probation performance review
- Completing the process and getting hired
You may then be assigned to trial classes, electives or major classes. The trial classes are for students who are studying with DaDaABC for their first time or those looking for a full-time teacher. These classes usually span around 15 minutes.
Elective classes last 30 minutes and focus on a specific topic while major classes feature your regular students are always at a scheduled time and last 30 minutes.
The goal is to have a set of regular students with whom you can get to know, form a relationship, and teach long term.
What is the work schedule for DaDaABC?
Since the job is entirely online you’ll be teaching with a good bit flexibility. Still, DaDaABC expects their teachers are to teach at least 2 days per week for 2 hours each day but prefers around 15 hours total.
Classes are offered daily and you will need to sign up for shifts, keeping the timezone in mind as most students are located in China.
The schedule is usually as follows:
- Monday to Friday: 6pm-9pm
- Weekends: 9am-12pm, 2pm-4pm, 6pm-9pm
Please note that all times are in Beijing time.
DaDaABC encourages a consistent schedule and should the need to change arise, a 30-day notice is required.
Joining DadaABC as an English ESL teacher is a great way to earn additional income without having to let go of your existing job or move to another country. The initial requirements aren’t too hard to meet and you can choose the hours you want to work and even take on more hours whenever you are free.
Another advantage is that they provide all your teaching materials and you do not have to do so much. Their plentiful teaching aids and resources will also help you become a better teacher over time and more familiarized with new teaching techniques suited to the ESL industry. The teaching platform is also very interactive and allows you to have a real connection with the students even though you’re far away.
DaDaABC also changes up their coursework frequently which means that your teaching experience hardly ever gets so stale that it is demotivating. They’ve designed it to be interesting for both teachers and the students though it’s also possible for more experienced teachers to design their own class.
Finally, if you need help, there is also a large community of teachers available to help you settle in and support your classes. Signing up with DaDaABC is also easy and you can be right in your classroom in a matter of days and teaching already. When you add the flexibility and the financial benefits, DadaABC is ideal for most categories of ESL teachers, both professional and part-time.
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