DaDaABC is one of the online English teaching portals you can find today. It has its share of excellent and critical reviews from many people.
If you wonder if it is worth your time to apply at DadaABC, then read this post to collect a good deal of helpful information.
What Is DadaABC About?
Since its founding in 2013, DadaABC has been staying true to its mission to be the best internet-based international school in China.
It boasts of world-class teaching content, and an industry-leading interactive learning platform for teaching English to Chinese learners.
To achieve its goal, it has partnered with other renowned tech education platforms, publishers and learning centers.
In August 2017, it partnered with National Geographic Learning or NGL. DadaABC and NGL experts conducted workshops for building an international school without walls.
In September of the same year, it created the online language educational research and development center, Brain Spark Lab (in Hong Kong), together with Pearson Education.
With these, you would think it is good to be part of DadaABC’s teaching community, knowing that there are always students to teach and wholehearted support from the company.
To ensure that it can deliver what it promises to parents about the standard of its teaching service, DadaABC has a set of qualifications that it strictly requires from its applicants.
1. At least a Bachelor’s Degree
2. TEFL,TESOL, CELTA or other teaching certifications
3. Documents to prove teaching experiences
4. Documents to support applicant’s non-criminal background check
If you have or if you meet all these qualifications, you can apply to DadaABC regardless of where you are in the world, as long as you also have a stable wired internet connection.
Having a reliable internet connection is a basic requirement of any online job, such as online English teaching.
Another fundamental necessity is the equipment. The things you need aside from the internet connection are:
1. Computer with webcam
2. Headset with mic3. Dada software or Google Chrome browser
DadaABC is like VIPKid and where you could teach one student (aged 4-16) per class. You will also have recurring students per week. There are also trial classes that you will handle when starting out as a newly hired teacher.
To teach the students, you will use the proprietary platform of DadaABC. You need not prepare lesson plans or teaching materials except for some props that will entice young learners during lessons.
You can preview the lesson materials 6-12 hours before the scheduled class.
How To Apply/Join
Watch this video if you like to have a general idea about the application process at DadaABC.
However, this video is from about two years ago, so there might be some minor changes in the application process.
Start by entering your email address at https://www.dadaabc.com/teacher/landing/. You may also apply via Google, Twitter or Facebook. You need to enter your first name, last name, gender, date of birth, nationality, phone number, current residence location, if you have ever taught at DadaABC before, etc. You also need to upload your photo.
In the figure above, you see that before you can successfully submit your application, you must upload your resume and also record your self-introduction video. You may also answer some optional questions.
The interview is the 2nd step in the application process. You will book your interview at a time convenient for you from the time slot provided on the web page. On the day of your booked interview, make sure you enter the virtual classroom one hour prior so you can test your equipment accordingly.
Keep in mind that during the interview, the recruitment team will evaluate your teaching skills and the stability of your internet connection if it can smoothly maintain an entire class for 30 minutes.
The interview has two parts. The first part covers the interview questions on your availability, teaching experience and other questions you might have. The second part is a mock class where you will assume the role of a teacher and you imagine that the recruiter is the student. The company will send you an offer once you pass the mock class.
The questions the recruiter might ask are about your past teaching experience, if you teach on other similar platforms like iTutorgroups, Magic Ears, Say ABC and QKids, the student age group you like best to teach, if you have other jobs, if you have travel plans and why you applied here.
The skills that the recruiter could assess about your performance are:
1. Warm up skills such as the way you greet your students and the way you ask questions that will help students bond with you.
2. Language skills or your use of simple words or language that you used to engage the students.
3. Engaging skills may refer to your body gestures and movements (along with props and resources) to get the attention of the students.
4. Assessment skills or how you ask quick questions to make sure the students understand what you just tackled.
5. Personalization skills or how you ask questions that could ask questions about the lesson that could relate to their personal lives.
6. Assessment skills or how you give feedback or check errors.
Time management skills or how you maximize the time to teach and to converse with students within the given time frame.
Thus, prepare for the interview and the demo. Your performance during the interview will determine the hourly rate that DadaABC will offer you.
Check out sample videos of DadaABC interviews. Practice some demo lessons. Set up your computer in a room with good lighting. For the background, you may put up educational posters, or world maps, or alphabet charts.
Remember that during the interview, DadaABC will collect information such as your teaching experience and credentials, and these will determine your salary rate.
Thus, you can see many user testimonials and review sites that there are different salary rates for teachers, tutors and ESL teachers. One example is at https://www.indeed.com/cmp/DaDa-10/salaries, as shown in the image below.
It is possible to get a pay raise here if you show an excellent work performance. There are bonuses too, such as trial class conversion bonus of $7 per student, step bonus of $7 per hour, etc.
DadaABC sends teachers’ payments every 15th of the month via bank transfers.
A regular class is 30 minutes long while a trial class is 15 minutes long. DadaABC offers classes every day. There are various time slots you could choose your available hours from.
You may choose how many time slots to claim or how many classes to handle, but you need to teach for at least 10 hours in a month.
Other online English teaching companies may ask you to sign 3 months or 6 months work agreements. Here at DadaABC, you will sign a contract, but you may choose how long it will be. They recommend a minimum of 6 months duration of agreement so you can build a good relationship with your students.
You may apply for a break or a leave during the agreement duration, but you must send timely notice to the company (24 hours for short term leave; 15 days for long term leave).
Now, if you think the requirements of DadaABC are too stringent or if you unfortunately did not pass the screening process, there are other online opportunities that you could take part of.
There are other online teaching websites out there, and online teaching and tutoring platforms such as Superprof, Bitdegree, Course Hero, Chegg, TutorMe, Tutor.com, Connections Academy, Udemy, Preply, Buddyschool, Takelessons, Wyzant, Skooli, Udacity, Wizedemy, and Skillshare.
If you only want a job that you may work on during your free time, you may apply as an online juror, answer paid surveys or participate in consumer research panels. Other microtasks include web search evaluation, usability testing and image annotation.
There are actually many office jobs today that are switching to online platforms, especially with the health threat from COVID19 such as web designer, virtual assistant, content writer, data researcher, data entry specialist, proofreader, and bookkeeper.You may also start a blog and learn how to earn from affiliate marketing through courses such as the Wealthy Affiliate.
Benefits / Bonus/ Increase/ Training Provided
I did not find any exceptional benefit from teaching at DadaABC. It used to have a referral program about two years ago, but I could no longer find relevant and updated information about it.
I think you may include DadaABC in your list of online English platforms to apply at. If you feel anxious or apprehensive about some complaints, it does not pay the bonuses earned by teachers. Perhaps you should not consider this as your main and only source of online income. After all, there are other online opportunities you may check out.