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If you are reading this, I am assuming you are in the process of becoming a fantastic Gogokid teacher. If not, I definitely recommend reading my Gogokid Pay and Review to find out more about this home opportunity.
Preparation for this ESL role is vital because not only do you want to pass the Gogokid interview demo with flying colors, but you also want to secure the best possible base pay rate for the job.
We got you!
Gogokid has given us all the information you need to succeed in the interview stage. In fact, many of the strategies they’ve given us have been covered in our previous post about being an excellent online teacher. Hehe… We know our stuff!
It’s safe to say that you can apply these tips across the board. BUT these guidelines were explicitly given by Gogokid marketing and recruitment themselves, so let’s dive deep into what they had to say.
Prepare Your Classroom
There is nothing that says ‘hello’ like your dress and body language when you enter an interview room. The same goes for your online ESL classroom, as this becomes the “interview room.” They’ll judge the environment where you conduct your online class, so make sure it’s neat and prepared, just like you!
What Gogokid Have to Say About Your Classroom:
- Wear neat and appropriate clothing, with no lettering or distracting patterns
- Decorated background
- Make sure the camera is front-facing and eye-level
- Make sure that you are visible and at an appropriate distance from the camera.
- Appropriate lighting, so they can see you and your teacher background clearly.
Check out teacher Brett’s video for more guidance:
This is what Gogokid wants to see more than anything. Check out some of our online teacher supplies here, such as lighting, headset, and laptop stand.
The Most Important Component:
If there’s anything you take away here today, it’s this.
The Key Takeaway
Gogokid wants to see their teacher’s energy and enthusiasm in the interview. Smile, make eye contact and engage with students in a friendly way. Use props and body language most of the time for the interview.
Here are 9 Essential Strategies to help you pass Gogokid Interview:
TPR, also known as “Total Physical Response,” is the body language and facial gestures we use to show what we mean.
TPR helps children remember what they learn in context without rote learning a bunch of new words. You can even encourage the students to do the movements with you, as doing the action and saying the word will help them remember it better.
Many children are elementary or beginner level, so they need lots of TPR to understand concepts and instructions.
We can use educational and instructional TPR to engage with the students and help them understand what we mean.
- Instructional TPR is when we show what we mean when we say instructions. For example, if you want the student to say something, you could point to your mouth ‘say’ and then cup your ear to show that you are listening.
Other instructional TPR to watch out for: click, circle, and repeat.
- Educational TPR is the body language and gestures we use to explain concepts and topics as we go through the lesson material. For example, we might explain ‘basketball’ by pretending to shoot a hoop.
Continue to use TPR throughout the interview, and don’t stop or forget to use it when explaining something. Watch the video below to learn more:
Props make the students feel more comfortable and safe. It can provide a fun atmosphere for young students.
We can use props to model what we mean. For example, we can show them an apple and say the word ‘apple.’ For more information on modelling and props, please check out our article How to Be a Good Online Teacher.
Some basic props mentioned by Gogokid: whiteboard and markers, star or reward item, puppet or stuffed animal, flashcards. Gogokid likes to see teachers use a minimum of 2 props in every class. Check out more teacher props here.
Make sure to use a few props in your demo interview. Check out this video for more:
3. Simple Language
What is simple language?
Simple language is using level-appropriate language with minimal unfamiliar words. It is not goo-goo-gaga.
What I mean is, no baby talk or using broken, incorrect language. That diminishes student confidence and reduces their learning. You can use TPR to help you limit the need for extra language.
4. Student Output
Students should be speaking at least 50% of the time. Gogokid thinks this is #1 priority.
High student output increases their learning and language acquisition.
You can set expectations earlier on in the session that students should speak in full sentences.
For lower level learners, the teacher should ask lots of questions and encourage the students to repeat.
For upper level learners, the teacher should ask concept-checking questions to ensure that the student understands the material and increase their talk time.
Give them plenty of time to answer; they have to translate everything in their head, not to mention the internet delay time that slows down the transmission.
5. Speak slowly and clearly
Speak naturally, at a slightly slower speak but don’t sound robotic. Repeat yourself when necessary.
Break down longer sentences into chunks so the student can repeat after you.
For example, you may want the student to say “This is a cat.”
The student might have the vocabulary word ‘cat’ but have yet to put it into a sentence.
You can chunk by saying “This is” and getting the student to repeat.
“A cat”. Get the student to repeat.
Then say the full sentence “This is a cat.”
See if they can say the sentence now. Repeat if necessary.
“I do, We do, You do.”
Again, this is covered in our other article. Essentially, the teacher does the thing first, next the student does it with the teacher. Then the student does it by themselves.
When a student is confused, we need to be able to demonstrate by modelling. You can use TPR and props to help you model.
7. Positive Corrections
Don’t say the student was wrong. Gogokid wants you to make corrections in a positive way, without saying ‘no.’
Praise the students for trying and then tell them the answer. Repeat the mistake correctly. Praise them again when they do it correctly.
Here is what Gogokid suggests:
- Listen to what the student has to say, without interrupting them
- Focus on only one correction at a time
- Have the student repeat the correct a few times
- Have the student use the correction in a complete sentence
Don’t forget to implement this in your Gogokid interview demo. Watch the video below to learn more:
Finish the lesson within the allotted time, so this requires good pacing. Teachers typically spend one minute per slide. Adjust this based on the number of the slides in the lesson.
You may need to use a timing system, such as a timer, clock or stopwatch to help with the time. One thing I like to do is check for the halfway point and divide the number of slides by two, to see what slide I should be at after 15 minutes so I don’t get lost or confused with the time.
9. Synthetic Phonics
Synthetic phonics is about breaking up words into their sounds. Students learn and pronounce the precise sound for each letter.
For example, take the letter m. The letter M sounds like mmmm, not muh.
Don’t add extra sounds to letters and words, which is a common mistake made by teachers. Watch this super helpful video to learn how to sound out words correctly:
If you’ve got this far, you’ve covered the essential strategies you need to succeed at the Gogokid interview. Well done, you now the secret sauce to a perfect online class! Put what you’ve learned into pracitce for the demo interview. Best of luck!
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