Homework Assignment Ideas For DaDaABC Online English Teachers

Assessment Test DaDaABC | DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

If you are often sat scratching your head trying to come up with DaDaABC homework assignment ideas for your online English student, then worry no more!

Here is a list of possible homework examples to keep your student improving and excited to share their progress in your next class together.

1) Pronunciation and Phonics – DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

One that I mainly do is to take note of all of the words the student mispronounced throughout the class in the chat box, then after class, paste these words into the teacher report.

Then proceed to instruct them to break these words down into phonics for their homework.

For example, let’s say the student mispronounced ‘apple’,  I would write it out like this:

a-p-p-l-e

2) Proper Nouns and Sentences – DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

You can instruct the student to write a sentence using a proper noun that you learned in that class and advise them to make sure to use correct capitalisation.

3) Ask Mum and Dad About Their Job – DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

You can set your DaDaABC student a task to ask their mum or dad about their job and tell them to be ready to tell you all about it for the next class.

4) Practice the Words for the Next Class – DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

Tell your student to read the courseware ahead of the next class and to practice the key words ready for the next class.

5) Make a List of Objects That Are The Same Colour – DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

Find out your student’s favourite colour and ask them to find 5 things that are all that colour!




 6) Practice the Words Learned Today – DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

You can also simply ask your online English student to practice the key words that were learned in the courseware that day.

7) Practice the Greeting Conversation – DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

Ask your student to practice their answer for regular questions in the greeting conversation, such as ‘What classes did you have today at school?’

8) Questions to Ask Teacher – DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

Ask your DaDaABC student to think of three questions they would like to ask you. Instruct them to ask them at random times throughout the next class.

9) Find an English Book To Read Out Loud – DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

Ask your student to find an English book they have that they really like and tell them to find a passage that they would want to read out loud to you next time.

Whenever I have set this, the student is always really excited to share a book they love.

10) Link Your Student to Educational Resources – DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

You can send an educational resource link to your student and ask them to memorise some of the verses if it is a song, or to generally practice what the resource teaches them, such as phonics or spelling.

Below is a list of resources:

‘We all go travelling by’ song:

http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XMTI1MzQxOTU0OA==.html

Food and drink game:

http://www.eslgamesplus.com/food-drinks-vocabulary-esl…/

A story to read:

http://www.starfall.com/n/short-a/sa/load.htm?f

A story to read:

http://www.starfall.com/n/short-e/se/load.htm?f

An interactive comic with pronunciation:

http://www.starfall.com/n/level-c/comics/load.htm?f

A game to practice their English:

http://www.eslgamesplus.com/animals-colors-colours…/

And There You Have 10 DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas!

So there is ten ideas for you to help you worry less about what to set for homework!

Just keep it relevant to what they are currently studying and appropriate to their ability level and everything will be fine.

If you have any more ideas for homework assignments, please feel free to share them with the DigiNo community in the comments below!

And you can also click the image below to read about a DaDaABC lesson plan activity involving a fun animation:

Lesson Plan For DaDaABC | DaDaABC Homework Assignment Ideas

DaDaABC Class Activity: ‘Mr Bean’ Animation [ManyCam]

Mr Bean ESL

If you are like me and sometimes struggle to come up with activities related to the courseware, I’m here to share with you a video and lesson plan to teach to your DaDaABC students!

The lesson plan is built around a great animation from YouTube below that is relevant to multiple topics in the courseware.

[Please note: watching a video with your students requires the virtual webcam software ManyCam, which you can download for free by clicking this link].

The video is a clip from the ‘Mr Bean Animated Series’:

What Happens in The Video ‘Mr Bean – Food Shopping with Teddy’? [Lesson Plan For DaDaABC]

In this video, Mr Bean is shopping at the supermarket with his teddy bear and is deciding between all the different foods he wants to buy. He then notices a baby stealing apples.

The baby and his mother turn out to be bad guys in disguise and they steal his teddy bear. He chases after them in his car and eventually finds his bear.

[However, I stop the video just as he sees the silhouette of his bear up in the tree as it turns out not to be the right one. I stop it early to provide a happy ending for the video.]

Lesson Plan For DaDaABC - Teddy Bear

So What Teaching Topics Can You Expand On From This Video? [Lesson Plan for DaDaABC]

The video covers:

  • Good and bad behaviour (stealing apples and toys)
  • Toy animals (teddy bear)
  • Living and nonliving things (Mr Bean treats the teddy bear like a living thing when it is nonliving)
  • Food types (great for pausing and asking the DaDaABC student what food he is holding in his hand)
  • The setting of the supermarket

Very relevant to the courseware and such a fun video!

It is perfect for an exercise of comprehension and pausing and asking the child what is happening frequently.

Why is the Mr Bean Animated Series Perfect for Online English Teaching? [Lesson Plan for DaDaABC]

The Mr Bean Animated Series is great for ESL teaching because there is very little spoken language…

…wait, hear me out.

This is good because it allows for younger children to comprehend what is going on without having to concentrate on translating the dialogue in their minds.

It communicates mostly through body language, expression and music to tell the narrative. This gives you a lot of opportunity for your own narration…and for a good bit of discussion with your online English student.

You watch more of Mr Bean on Amazon Prime here.

Or there are plenty of clips and full episodes on YouTube here.

How Do I Show This Video To My DaDaABC Online Student Using ManyCam?

You can stream the video through ManyCam within your online classroom by right-clicking your camera and selecting the YouTube URL function (or the media file function if you download the video).

To read more about using ManyCam in your DaDaABC online classroom, click the image below:

Use ManyCam For Your Online ESL Classroom

If you have any more lesson plan ideas you want to share with the DigiNo community, feel free to discuss them in the comments below!

ManyCam Fruit Guessing Game For Teaching English Online

ManyCam Fruit Guessing Game

The virtual webcam software ManyCam has made teaching online for DaDaABC an even more enjoyable experience. One example of this is the ManyCam Fruit Guessing Game.

But first, if you don’t know…

Read more about what ManyCam is by clicking this link.

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.

ManyCam Fruit Guessing Game

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!

If you want to download ManyCam for free, or get the 12 month standard subscription (which I am using in the video) then click the image below (affiliate link):

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ManyCam Fruit Guessing Game

Have fun DaDaABC teachers!

Benefits of Regular Students with DaDaABC

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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.

 

Click the image below to get ManyCam for your DaDaABC classroom! (Affiliate link)
ManyCam | Regular Students and DaDaABC

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.
So having a dedicated student that has signed up to see you at a routine time each week gives you confidence that your monthly income will remain a similar number on pay day.

Final Thoughts on Regular Students and DaDaABC

So those are the benefits of having regular students with DaDaABC. Ultimately, like with any job, it’s great to build connections.
And having regular students allows you to have a familiar face to build a fun connection with and to create a wonderful education environment.
If you want more tips on how to become the best DaDaABC online teacher that you can be, then click the image below:
Regular Students and DaDaABC

Use ManyCam For Your Online ESL Classroom With DaDaABC

DaDaABC and ManyCam

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.

Click the image below to get up to 30% off ManyCam:

Use ManyCam For Your Online ESL Classroom With DaDaABC

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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.

Click the link below if you want super-boost your online classroom with these ideas:

Download ManyCam here for free!

(Affiliate link – DigiNo will receive a small percentage of each sale to help keep creating content!)

Setting up ManyCam with Windows

ManyCam with Windows

Setting up ManyCam with Windows is fairly straightforward. You can begin this process by clicking on this link.

Setting up ManyCam with Mac

ManyCam with Mac

However, setting up ManyCam with Mac is not as straightforward.

Fortunately,  here at DigiNo, we have created a post explaining the step-by-step process in detail. Click the link below to find it:

How To Set-Up ManyCam With Mac For Your DaDaABC Online Classroom

Get ready for your DaDaABC online ESL classroom to get a turbo boost with ManyCam!

 

Using ManyCam With Mac For Your DaDaABC Classroom

ManyCam with Mac

ManyCam is the perfect addition to any DaDaABC online English teacher’s classroom. But can you use ManyCam with Mac?

If you are unsure of what ManyCam is, read our previous article below:

Use ManyCam For Your Online ESL Classroom With DaDaABC

How To Set-Up ManyCam With Mac For Your DaDaABC Online Classroom

Click the image to download the free version of ManyCam!

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Can I Use ManyCam With Mac?

You may have already discovered that ManyCam’s compatibility with Mac for your online classroom leaves a lot to be desired.

ManyCam with Mac

But don’t fear!

There is a way…

Here is a Step-by-Step Process on How to Set-Up ManyCam with Mac Computer or Apple MacBook

ManyCam with Mac

But before you begin, make sure you have everything you need:

    • An Intel-based Mac – Click the image below to find a suitable Mac on Amazon (affiliate link):

  • A Microsoft Windows installation media or disk image (ISO) containing a 64-bit version of Microsoft Windows 8 or later

Download the Windows disk image from here.

  • At least 55GB of free disk space on your startup drive

Go to here to discover how to free up space on your startup disk.

  • A blank 16GB or larger USB 2 flash drive

You can find a 16 GB USB 2 flash drive on Amazon by clicking the image below (affiliate link):

  • Make sure your Mac is installed with all the latest updates.

Follow These Steps To Set-Up ManyCam with Mac

  • Back up your mac onto and external hard drive through Time Machine if you don’t have it backed-up already.

Here is a walkthrough on how to back up through Time Machine

Click the image below to find an external hard drive on Amazon (affiliate link):

  • Go to Bootcamp Assistant in your Applications

Instructions on how to use Bootcamp Assistant

If these aren’t clear enough, then there is more detailed instruction here.

  • After following the Bootcamp Assistant instructions, you now have to create a partition between Mac and Windows on your hard drive.

Here are instructions for setting-up a Windows partition on your Mac.

  • Now Windows will be installed on your Mac after following the on-screen Windows installation instructions.
  • You can switch between Mac and Windows by holding down the ‘Options’ key after restarting.
  • Now that you are on Windows you simply have to go the ManyCam website and download ManyCam. (The free edition won’t have enough features for your DaDaABC online classroom).

You can purchase ManyCam from the official website by clicking the image below:

 

Pros and Cons of Being an Online ESL Teacher for DaDaABC

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What are the Pros and Cons of teaching English online with DaDaABC?

In every job there are positives and negatives…and the same applies to teaching ESL online.

So in this article we will explore 3 pros and 3 cons of working for DaDaABC.

Or alternatively, you can watch the video below:

If you would like an introduction to online teaching with DaDaABC then go to this article:

Earn Money as an Online ESL Teacher with DaDaABC

Now let’s get to the Pros and Cons…

PRO #1 –  The Platform

You teach students on a video conference platform called DaDaClass that is similar to Skype or Zoom, however it has a guided lesson plan on the screen.

This on-screen lesson plan can consist of written activities, stories or questions.

It allows the teacher to focus their energies on keeping the student engaged, rather than coming up with lesson plans constantly.

Definitely a PRO!

If you want to learn more about keeping the student engaged and standing out as an online teacher, then click below:

Teaching for DadaABC: How the Hiring Process Works and Standing Out

CON #1 – Trial Classes

Trial classes are 14 minutes long and are new students testing out the DaDaABC service.

A lot of the time these students can be low English ability, so you may find yourself using a lot of energy to keep them engaged with body language and props, such as puppets.

Puppets for DaDaABC online teaching

Click the above image to find these puppets on Amazon.

If you have several trial classes all in row, you may end up constantly doing the alphabet on the courseware which can be very tiresome.

Click this link for tips on how to keep online students engaged during class.

PRO #2 – Regular Students

Along with trial classes, you also have your regular students. These are students that you see on a weekly basis which allows you to strike up a bond.

Here is a video talking all about regular students and DaDaABC:

This is a great part of the job as you get to see the weekly development and progression of the student.

You also develop a sense of humour with the student and it is always great to have fun whilst learning!

Pros and Cons of DaDaABC

Click here to see 4 of the best warm-up activities to keep your student engaged throughout your online English class.

CON #2 – Class Reports

After each online class with DaDaABC, you have to fill out a class report for the parents of the student

This is simply summing up what you studied together, what they did well, what they could improve upon and homework to be done.

The drawback of this is if you see your student quite regularly they aren’t progressing enough to warrant writing a report about every one of their classes.

So you may end up writing the same thing each time of how they mispronounced a word, which can get very repetitive.

PRO #3 – The Community

There is a fantastic Facebook group for DaDaABC online teachers, as well as one for hopeful applicants.

Pros and Cons of DaDaABC | Facebook Group

It is a great community for people to ask questions and share problems or funny moments.

Working from home does create a certain degree of isolation, so the DaDaABC community provides a great source of workplace camaraderie.

Pros and Cons of DaDaABC | Community

CON #3 – Half-Pay Rule For Stand-by Time

When a student cancels the class beforehand or doesn’t turn up, or if you have an empty slot in your contracted hours, you will receive half of your hourly rate for that time period.

Therefore you are only paid full-pay for the time that you are teaching in your contracted hours.

This does seem relatively fair, however, to lose money for something that is out of your control is always going to be a con rather than a pro.

One More Thing…

Let’s not end this article on a sour note! Being an online English teacher for DaDaABC is a fantastic job.

It is also an opportunity to be part of the current online innovation in education.

So if you want to be part of the future of education then click the link below to apply to be an online ESL teacher with DaDaABC:

One of the biggest online English Schools | DaDaABC

Getting Hired as an Online ESL Teacher with DaDaABC

DaDaABC Interview Process

If you want to earn money as an online ESL teacher with DaDaABC, then this post is here to provide all the tips necessary for making it through the application, interview and demo class.

Or if you prefer, here it all is in video form:

DaDaABC is a Chinese education company that uses an online platform allowing teachers from all over the world to run one-on-one online classes to Chinese students.

Click the picture below for a post detailing all the information about becoming an online ESL teacher:

Teach ESL Online From Anywhere in the World | DigiNo

However, if you are already in the know…then here’s the juice:

Getting Hired by DaDaABC

The process of getting hired involves sending your CV and a picture of yourself through this link:

http://bit.ly/DaDaABC-apply-now

Please note: avoid sending a picture of yourself passed out at a party.

What To Put in Your CV

In your CV, focus on any relevant teaching experience.

But a hot tip for you is…DaDaABC want fun teachers! So prove that you are fun!

Think of any extra-curricular activities that prove that you are fun and active…such as being part of a sports team, or maybe you are passionate about science…or you might even be in to kayaking.

7 Tips For Online ESL Teaching

They just want to see that you will be able to passionately discuss topics with an older student…or be fun and active enough to entertain a younger student.

Succeeding at the Interview

With any interview, the key to success is to smile, talk positively about your relevant experience and convey your value to the interviewer.

How to convey your value

For example, I mentioned how I am musical. I mentioned how I can sing and play music with the student to aid their learning. This conveyed value.

I also mentioned how I have a written a children’s fantasy novel called War Drum.

War Drum | Jason McCarthy

I mentioned how I could run storytelling and writing classes. This conveyed value.

Have a think about your value and how to package it in a teaching scenario.

Succeeding at the Demo Class

The demo class is where you teach a child through the online platform (training with the platform will be provided beforehand).

This will not only determine if you are capable of performing the role…but it will also determine your hourly rate of pay.

If you would like to read more about the pay working for DaDaABC, then click the link below:

How Much Does DaDaABC Pay?

Or if you would like to find out some awesome tips on how to do an outstanding job at the demo class and drastically improve your chances of getting hired, then click the link below:

7 Tips For Online ESL Teaching

 

How Much Does DaDaABC Pay Online ESL Teachers?

DaDaABC Pay

Let’s be honest…

…money is pretty great.

How much does DaDaABC pay? | DigiNo

It buys you things and it buys you time.

And both are great commodities.

So when you initially apply for a job, there’s no shame in the first question that comes to mind being:

‘What’s the pay like?’

And that question is even more important when you discover that you can actually work and earn money from home teaching English online!

So if you are thinking about applying to become an online ESL teacher with DaDaABC, then you are also probably thinking…

How Much Does DaDaABC Pay?

And if you’re not sure what DaDaABC is…

…or you want to find out exactly how to work from home online and earn money without any investment, then be sure to click picture below and read the post explaining everything there is to know:

How much does DaDaABC pay online ESL teachers?

But for this article, let’s focus purely on how much DaDaABC pays you as an online ESL teacher.

(I’m assuming that you are currently on the search for the highest paying online English teaching jobs…if you are anything like I was of course!)

So without any more suspense…the pay is between $15-$25 per hour.

If that seems like a good amount of money to you for working from home teaching English online, then apply through the image below:

What does DaDaABC pay online ESL teachers?

However, the actual number for your DaDaABC teacher salary is determined by how well you perform in your demo class.

Demo Class [To Determine Your DaDaABC Teacher Salary]

The demo class is where you teach a child through the online platform before you are officially offered the role (training with the platform will be provided beforehand).

This will not only determine if you are capable of performing the role…but it will also determine your hourly rate of pay and your DaDaABC teacher salary.

For more about the hiring process of DaDaABC, click the link below:

Getting Hired as an Online ESL Teacher with DaDaABC

Or for tips on how to perform well at your demo class and get the best wage possible, click the image below:

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