Gogokid has the easiest interview and onboarding process out of all of the online ESL schools I’ve applied to. The hardest part about the gogokid interview is scheduling it, but don’t let that stop you because I’ve got some easy tips! In order to get the highest pay possible, you will need to ace the interview! Let’s go over some tips.
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Tip 1 | Gogokid Interview | Read the Performance Guide
Gogokid provides you with a performance guide once you apply. They emphasize three areas:
- Teacher Tools – Labeled as Classroom Usage and Expansion
- Teaching Techniques
- Classroom Environment – Labeled as Presentability
When you look at the details of each area it might feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Practice the demo interview three times and you focus on one area each time you practice.
Tip 2 | Use These Teacher Tools
For classroom usage and expansion you need to have a reward prepared for the student in addition to the built in star rewards that is part of the Gogokid classroom. I recommend using ice cream because it’s fun and easy.
You also need props. Don’t use too many though. Three to four props is plenty. Use the hand, arm and head. I also recommend the egg because most kids don’t know what an egg is and the directions tell the student to “click the egg.” You might also want to use a real computer mouse to show demonstrate clicking on the picture.
Gogokid wants you to extend when appropriate. A great slide to extend on is the one that looks like a maze that has several different vocabulary words on it. Teach the words “apple” and “butterfly”. Then say, “click the apple,” and “click the butterfly.” I also extend by seeing if the student can recall words and sentence patterns. You can reference my YouTube video to see exactly how I do that.
Using the tools in the portal
When you teach the vocabulary, be sure to circle it! The Gogokid classroom tools are a little confusing so you need to practice them if you are doing the interview live. You’ll have 30 minutes to practice before the interview starts. Note that if you have the pencil tool on, the student does, too. The student cannot click if the pencil tool is on. You have to turn the pointer tool on if you want them to click.
This is a note from Gogokid’s Classroom Basics pdf:
“Interactive PPTs means interactive slides. There may be animations, games or audio within these slides, but in order to use them you need to make sure you have the pointer tool selected. To interact with the features, you only need to click on them using the pointer. Keep in mind that if you have other tools selected the interactive features will not activate, and if you are unsure about what to do on a particular slide be sure to check out the teaching tips in the top left corner.”
Fulfilling the Lesson Objectives
As of 2019 the interview demo is called Finger Mountain. By the end of the lesson, the student should be able to say, comprehend and recall the following:
- This is his arm.
- This is her hand.
You will be asking the student to click on objects as well. Teaching them how to click is part of the lesson, but if they don’t understand after a few tries you can click the object and move on. However, when the opportunity comes up on the next slide, try to guide them again. Having a mouse to show them what to do is the easiest way to help comprehend.
Knowledge of Content
Be sure to practice several times so you know the lesson like the back of your hand. Having the lesson internalized will not only make you prepared, but also confident. This will allow you to focus on using your props and ESL strategies well instead of scrambling to remember what slide comes next.
Tip 3 | Gogokid Interview | Implement These Teaching Techniques
Most online ESL companies look for similar teaching techniques and Gogokid is no exception. According to the Gogokid interview performance index you will need to incorporate the following in your demo lesson:
- Total Physical Response (if you don’t know much about TPR click here to see my blog post about it)
- Appropriate Speaking Speed
- Use Simple Langage
- Consistently Correct the Student
- Be Engaging
- Encourage the Student
- Adapt to the Student’s Needs
What is TPR and how do you use it?
There are two types of Total Physical Response
Instructional TPR is when you use gestures to help the student comprehend. For example, put your finger on your chin to indicate that you want the student to say what you say. Cup your ear so the student knows you’re waiting for her to say something.
Educational TPR is when you respond physically to a command or you use a body movement to represent an adjective or a verb. For example, if you want the student to practice “stand up,” do the action and have the student do it, too. Eventually, you want to say the command without doing it yourself to see if the student comprehends and can do it independently.
In the Gogokid interview you’ll be using instructional TPR because there aren’t any words that lend themselves to educational TPR. Watch my video to understand how to incorporate instructional TPR in this demo.
Appropriate Speaking Speed
For a level 1 student you need to speak slowly, but not insultingly slow. When you teach simple words like hand, arm and head, you won’t need to say them at a snails pace. Just say them by enunciating.
When you teach sentences you will need to chunk the words into two groups. The student might forget the first half of what you said if you say all of the words together. You can also see me doing this in my YouTube video.
Use Simple Language
With level 1 students I always use the mantra show don’t tell. Show how you want the student to do something instead of explaining how to do it. For example, when teaching the word hand, lift up a hand then say the word hand. Don’t say, “Today we’re going to learn body parts. This is a hand.” That’s too much incidental language for a new learner to handle.
Here in the US and Canada we are taught not to correct too much. In fact, we are even taught that we should model proper grammar instead of explicitly saying, “Say it this way instead.” It’s the complete opposite in China. The Chinese absolutely love to be corrected. When you do your gogokid interview, correct the students every time they make a mistake whether it’s pronunciation or grammar.
Gogokid says, “play repetition games or use props” to engage your students. TPR is another great way to engage. Make sure you are friendly, patient, and creative throughout the lesson.
Praise the student consistently when they do well. If they answer incorrectly, offer praise and then correct them.
Adapt to Students’ Needs
If the student does well, you can extend the materials more based on the lesson objectives. Provide more sentence frames and ask more questions. If the student is struggling, simplify the materials, use repetition, teach one word at a time and stay patient. Notice how I do this in my YouTube video.
Tip 4 | Prepare Your Classroom Environment
When you apply to any online teaching job you need to have an educational setup, dress professionally, have proper lighting, and great audio. An educational setup means you have a teacher background that will appeal to the student. A lot of teachers use colorful maps.
I wore a blue blouse for my interview because Gogokid colors are blue and red. Make sure you have great lighting and that there are not any shadows on your face. You might have to buy some lamps. It’s worth it in the end because they take every aspect into consideration when deciding your pay.
The same goes for getting a headset. Make sure you buy a headset because without one there could be an echo. It’s never fun to have an echo, especially when you’re doing a demo lesson. It’s very distracting.
One more thing to consider is how close or far you are sitting from the computer. Be sure not to have too much space and try not to be too close. Your head and shoulders should be visible.
Now that you have done all this preparation, make sure to book your interview. If you are struggling to book your interview, check out this video by clicking here.