When teaching English to Chinese students online, it is so important to have warm-up activities or tricks for keeping the student engaged. If your lesson plan only consists of the courseware, then some students may start to lose interest and not absorb your teachings.
You may find yourself constantly scrambling for puppets or a ukulele if you notice your DaDaABC student start to yawn – but there is a much more dynamic way to bring their attention to life!
DigiNo have come up with an incredibly simple game using Many Cam to spice up your online ESL classroom using the virtual camera effects installed already within the software:
ManyCam Fruit Guessing Game [For Teaching English Online with DaDaABC]
So as you see, the ManyCam Fruit Guessing Game involves the child guessing the fruit effects on the screen to improve their vocabulary. Add a bit of humour in there and there you have a great all-round educational experience.
Such a simple game and it never fails to get the students laughing and engaged.
Then they are ready to get right back to work with a fresh perspective and a smile.
Using the virtual camera and effects in this way has really saved me so much time and money on finding props to improve my online classroom. Although, I still use my trusty puppets, ukulele and flashcards, it’s always good to have ManyCam to switch things up.
Nothing wrong with having too many options!
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One of the best parts of teaching English online with DaDaABC is your regular students.
As the weeks go by your schedule will fill up with regular students, so each time you teach you are gradually building a connection with them.
Below is an accompanying video to this article:
Build a Connection and Sense of Humour [Regular Students and DaDaABC]
It’s great to make your online ESL students laugh during class. If they are having fun learning then they will look forward to learning more – that’s the way I see it!
Seeing a student regularly allows you to create a sense of humour with them and get to know what gags make them laugh the most. As opposed to trial classes where you never know if your puppet routine is going to produce tumbleweed.
It’s good to realise that the child has already been to school that day, so it’s important to inject a bit of fun to keep them engaged.
Gauge Their English Ability To Help Craft The Lesson [Regular Students and DaDaABC]
You can also get a grasp at what the student’s strengths are in English and what areas need more work. This helps you to craft your lesson plan around this knowledge.
For example, if your regular student’s pronunciation isn’t quite there, then you can plan a phonics activity for each class to get them up to scratch!
Or if their vocabulary for things such as fruit isn’t as strong, you can play the ManyCam fruit guessing game like in the video below:
With trial classes being 14 minutes long and no guarantee that you will see the student again, it’s harder to cater for their educational needs.
That’s why regular students are a fantastic aspect of being an online teacher with DaDaABC.
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A Sense of Security With Full Pay Hours [Regular Students and DaDaABC]
Regular students also give you a sense of security that you will get your full-pay hours each week as they are less likely to cancel last-minute than a trial class.
As you are only paid your full hourly rate for the time that you are teaching in your contracted hours.
Teaching English online can be exhausting. Thankfully ManyCam exists to make the online teacher’s life a lot easier…and the student’s class a lot more fun!
Using ManyCam with DaDaABC
Having multiple classes in row where you must think up games and songs to keep the student engaged can take its toll. With ManyCam you can project a video or image to the student through DaDaABC’s teaching software.
You can display a sing-a-long YouTube video, or animal counting game whilst still remaining present on the screen!
Here is a video of a DaDaABC teacher using ManyCam in action:
What Exactly is ManyCam?
ManyCam is a video switcher/webcam software allowing you to use your webcam on most applications whilst simultaneously live streaming or using video chat.
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It can be used on applications such as YouTube, Skype, Twitch or Livestream.
You can record your screen, alter your background, add cool effects and much much more.
Benefits of Using ManyCam with DaDaABC
With ManyCam you can improve your online classroom by:
Putting filters over your face to make the student laugh. For example, you can become a cat.
You can play a song on YouTube and have the lyrics up so the student can sing along.
You can project guessing games on YouTube so you don’t have to spend countless hours gathering props for your own game.
You can project visual reward systems.
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ManyCam for Guessing Games and Songs! [DaDaABC Warm-Up Activities]
Teacher Nicola uses ManyCam to play animal guessing games and animal-related songs.
ManyCam allows for the teacher to present on screen whilst also playing YouTube videos to the student on their screen. It is a fantastic teaching tool for your online ESL classroom – and Teacher Nicola certainly knows how to use it well!
If you want to bring your warm-up activities to life: