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:
Now let's get to the Pros and Cons…
PRO #1 – The Platform
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:
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
If the pros outweigh the cons for you then click the image below to apply:
And if not, then don't worry, there's plenty more fish in the sea: