GOGOKID Online Teaching Overview
GOGOKID offers 1-1 lessons with ESL Chinese students looking to learn English online.
Do you need a degree for GOGOKID?
- You will need a laptop and headset
- A fast internet connection
- You must have a teaching certificate (TEFL, TESOL, CELTA)
- You must have a bachelor’s degree or above
- You must be a native English speaker from the United States or Canada
- Pay range is from $7.00-$10.00 for a 25-minute lesson.
- Earn more by increasing your credit score.
- Your credit score starts at 100. Once it increases to 110, you will get a 10% increase in pay.
- Your credit score increases as you teach more classes.
- Pay is once a month via PayPal.
Gogokid Credit Score
GOGOKID Hours and Schedule
Monday-Friday 6-10pm, and Saturday-Sunday 9am–10pm.
You can choose your regular availability within this time frame.
Teachers have control over what hours they choose to teach.
Parents book classes when you have openings. For example, if you only have free time on Mondays, you can choose to teach only on Mondays.
Communication with Gogo kid
You will receive an email reminders of your teaching time one day before your lessons begin. You will also receive e-mails informing of programs, upcoming events, or teaching suggestions.
GOGOKID Application Process
Introduction to GOGOKID Teacher Portal
Is there career development with GOGOKID?
You could have the chance to be an interviewer/recruiter/trainer/mentor/social media specialist and even work as a full-time staff in their office.
How to make a GOGOKID Introduction Video?
Your introduction video is what will attract students to your classes:
How long are GOGOKID ESL classes?
- 1-1 lessons lasting 25 minutes.
- 5 minutes between classes to fill out a short evaluation form.
- The lesson plan is laid out for you and has songs and interactive activities
- No extensive lesson planning is needed.
- Option to download teaching materials from the Gogokid teaching portal.
What Do Current and Former Teachers Have to Say About Their Experiences With GOGOKID?
Because Gogokid is relatively new compared with other online ESL platforms, it doesn't have the same digital footprint in terms of reviews from current or former teachers.
That said, there is plenty of information out there regarding teachers' experiences on the platform. On Glassdoor, Gogokid has a 3.7/5-star rating, which is respectable for the industry and close to the standard score.
A typical review of the pros and cons of working with Gogokid goes like this:
Curriculum, opportunity, kids, workshops, and incentives.
Low pay, constant changes, and competition.”
While taking a look at what the people with actual experience have to say is valuable, you are wise to take reviews of Gogokid, as with all employers, with a grain of salt – the people with the strongest opinions (either positive or negative) are usually the most likely to leave comments on the web.
Here are some more PROs and CONs from teachers:
You open slots on a weekly basis (a couple weeks out is ideal) and can open any that you are available. Classes will not be booked within 24 hours. There is no minimum working requirement.
Gogokid utilizes a credit score system, where you earn points for doing good things, like teaching classes and getting 5 star reviews- even no shows and cancellations count!
When you reach a score of 110 (you start at 100), you get 110% of your base pay and when you reach 120, you get 125% of your base pay. We’ve also been getting some pretty sweet holiday incentives for opening slots.
The courseware is fun and bright and features reoccurring characters, which are diverse.
Some of the core classes are a bit random when moving from story/reading to phonics, but does have some built in games on the slides (word finds, matching, mazes) which I really like.
The courseware has a lot of repetition for the younger kids, which is fantastic to me. The upper levels have more of a conversational focus, which I really dig. They are currently in the process of rolling out an interactive platform as well – the K (beginning levels) and trials are live.
It’s a new company and there are some bumps in the road. The parents/students book you, so it can be unreliable and/or slow (esp. at first).
The credit score pay is calculated on a monthly basis. Your credit score at the end of the month determines the pay for the following month. So if you have a bump in the road (cancellation, IT issue), at the end of the month, it sucks. However, I think of this as a bonus (and most of my other companies have these restrictions for monthly bonuses as well).
Company Communication: GGK uses Freshdesk where teachers send in tickets to communicate. Based on my experiences and others I have read, sometimes this is really fast and efficient and other times rather slow.
How Does GOGOKID Compare to Other Companies? (GOGOKID vs Magic Ears)
Here is a review from a teacher's perspective on working for both companies:
It is very important in the online ESL teaching industry to have your eggs in more than one basket. Many teachers begin using VIPKID as their first company but when it is time to add a second company, I find teachers often thinking about Magic Ears or GoGoKid.
I began teaching with Magic Ears as my second company. I was comfortable teaching group classes since I had been a traditional brick and mortar teacher already so the 1:4 platform was not a concern coming from the 1:1 VIPKID environment.
Which company suits you the most?
Magic Ears offered one of the higher base pay offers in the industry at the time and had a track for advancing into leadership roles that was more transparent than VIPKID‘s track. Although I was fully booked at VIPKID, I know that many teachers struggle with bookings at VIPKID. VIPKID is a parent booked company and Magic Ears books the classes for the teachers. This makes Magic Ears a great option for teachers who really need to be making money right out of the gates.
While I was teaching at Magic Ears, GoGoKid became the new company on the block.
They offered a more competitive salary, the 1:1 classroom environment that I preferred, and opportunities for leadership positions which I valued. I felt GoGoKid‘s curriculum set students and teachers up for success more than the curriculum at Magic Ears and it was very easy to switch back and forth between VIPKID and GoGoKid within the same month, week, or even day.
While it was nice to have some bookings given by the company at Magic Ears, few Magic Ears teachers experience a fully booked schedule.
At GoGoKid I could fill my schedule with ease and make the best use of the times that I was available to teach. I left Magic Ears quickly and felt much better having two 1:1 companies to work with. There were many reasons that I felt Magic Ears was a company that I did not want to continue to be a part of and I discuss them in this video:
GoGoKid's journey began with incredible bonuses that first summer to convince teachers from other companies to give them a try and I came to GoGoKid with many of my VIPKID colleagues.
Here is a snapshot comparison of the three companies mentioned:
How long are GOGOKID ESL classes?
Is Lesson Planning Required From Teachers Working With Gogokid?
As with other online platforms, there is no lesson planning required. Gogokid employs the same curriculum for all of its lessons to ensure the same high-quality, standard learning experience for every student.
That is good news for teachers because, as anyone who has taught ESL previously can attest, lesson planning can be time-consuming. With GOGOKID, you simply review the content before your lesson and then you're ready to teach.
Do Teachers Pay Taxes on Earnings From GOGOKID?
Gogokid is headquartered in China. All taxes owed to the Chinese government are handled by the company; there is no tax liability to the Chinese government on the teacher's part.
However, that might not necessarily mean you don't owe anything in taxes – depending on your local or national tax laws, you may be on the hook for taxes back at home or in your current place of residence. This is due to online teachers being independent contractors and not employees.
Check your local tax laws to ensure you are in full compliance with the law.
How Can I Learn More About GOGOKID on Social Media?
How Can I Prepare For My Interview With GOGOKID?
To help you prepare to nail the interview and make a lasting impression on the company, Gogokid has put together a handy little document outlining the top tips for preparing for your interview:
TPR -Total Physical Response:
One of the main things to remember is enthusiasm: because you will be teaching young learners over webcam, the main goal of teaching through this medium is to generate and maintain the interest and attention of the student throughout the lesson.
Keep your energy levels high.
Of all the items on this list, TPR might be the most critical. Young learners respond best when the teacher uses his or her whole body to engage with the student.
Is Communication With Parents a Part of the GOGOKID Job?
No, the company handles all communications with parents. The main reason for this is perhaps the most obvious: most of the parents of these children do not speak fluent English and chances are that you do not speak Mandarin.
That said, parents may communicate either their pleasure or displeasure with your services indirectly, so it's always a good idea to put your best face forward while you are ‘on the clock.”
How long are GOGOKID ESL classes?
What Is a ‘TEFL Certificate' and Why Is It a Requirement?
Newcomers to the English as a second language (ESL) industry may be understandably confused about the acronyms that are tossed around. “TEFL” stands for “teaching English as a foreign language.” It is a credential that shows that the teacher has completed training on teaching English to non-native learners (in this case, Chinese kids).
More and more employers in the industry now require TEFL or similar certification to land a job. Other types of certifications that are often interchangeable with TEFL include TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) and CELTA (certificate in teaching English to speakers of other languages).
Whereas, previously, earning such an accreditation required weeks or months of in-person training at a designated facility, it's now possible to earn a valuable 120-hour TEFL certificate entirely online for as little as $19 – such as this one here:
If you are planning to spend any amount of time in the ESL industry, then getting TEFL-certified is a wise financial investment.
Does It Matter What Type of Degree I Have When Applying to GOGOKID?
No. While many applicants may believe that they need a degree in English, education, or some other related field, the reality is that any bachelor's degree at all from an accredited university is acceptable – even organic chemistry or public relations. The important thing is to demonstrate to the school that you have a higher echelon of education that qualifies you to impart knowledge to your prospective Chinese students.
Is There a Minimum or Maximum Number of Hours Required From Teachers?
No. One of the major benefits of working with GOGOKID is that you don't have to commit to a minimum number of hours each month. Other platforms providing ESL education online often require teachers to offer a standard number of hours to remain on the platform, but with GOGOKID your time investment is entirely up to you. This is the same with similar company – Magic Ears.
Similarly, there is no upper limit that restricts how much time you can devote to teaching on the platform. In fact, many teachers make this their full-time job.
It's important to note, however, that the site may penalize teachers who schedule classes but subsequently do not show up. So be careful not to over-extend yourself by committing to more hours than you are truly prepared to teach.
How Do I Apply for GOGOKID?
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