Gogokid is an online ESL company that was established in 2018 by the tech giant, Bytedance, worth around $75 Billion US dollars.
They provide a platform that connects North American teachers with Chinese children in China in their interactive classroom.
According to their website, they state that their mission is to
“create a connection between children in China and the world by providing a global learning experience. Our mission is to foster our students to learn the English language as a tool, not as a goal, and to become individuals with creative and critical thinking skills.”
- Native English speaker
- Legally eligible to work in the US or Canada
- Have a completed Bachelors degree
- 1+ years of teaching related experience (tutoring, camps, Sunday school, etc…)
- Teaching Certification *
*As of Nov. 1, all teachers on the Gogokid platform, according to new Chinese regulations will be required to have a teaching certificate. This can be in the form of a TESOL / TEFL certificate which is easy to obtain. You can get your TESOL certification here for $19 from International Academy.
*As of August 22nd, 2019*
- Basic Information – this is where you will be required to submit the basic information on the application form. You must meet the Gogokid hiring requirements in order to pass this stage. If you fail but you feel that you do meet the requirements, you may need to apply with a new email address or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to explain your situation.
- Interview – this is where you will teach the 10 minute demo lesson. You will need to first schedule the interview and then ensure you have prepared the lesson. The interview will consist of some background information, introduction, teaching of the lesson and then some feedback. You should hear within 48 hours of the result.
- Orientation – there are 3 parts to the Gogokid orientation:a. Orientation Video & Quizb. One to Many live training sessionThis workshop will be conducted by a member of the Gogokid Workshop Coaching Team. It will last approximately 1 hour and will introduce you to the 9 Essential ESL Strategies as well as other information needed in order to become a successful teacher here at Gogokid. After this, you will need to successfully complete the associated quiz in order to move on to the next step.c. One to One Mock class training session
This Mock training class will last approximately 1 hour. During this class, candidates will be given a full introduction of our classroom and its functions, you will teach (2) 10-minute demo lessons (1 K level lesson and 1 L1 lesson), and will be given valuable feedback from our trainers on ways to improve their teaching skills. All candidates have to pass their mock classes in order to continue the application process.
- Documents Uploading – this will be where you need to upload your documents and create your profile.
- Contract Signing – the last step in the Gogokid application process – congratulations, you are now a hired teacher ready to make money!
The base pay is advertised as $7 – $10 USD / 25 minute class. This amount will be based on your qualifications, experience and interview performance. In addition to this, you are able to make up to 125% of your base rate with a credit score of 120 points.
For simplicity sake, if you have a base rate of $9, this is a per hour rate of $18 (assuming you teach 2 classes in 1 hour). If your credit score is 120 points, then you can make 125% of $18 which works out to $22.50.
Gogokid Credit Score Explained:
All teachers begin at Gogokid with 100 points. You have the opportunity to earn points or lose points for various situations. For the sake of this information, this is how you can earn points.
Teach 3 As_Scheduled class = 1 point
Recieving One (1) 5 star review = 1 point
There are also ways to lose points:
Cancellations, IT issues, No Shows, ending the class early, being late or demonstrating inappropriate behavior are all causes for points to be deducted. For exact situations and number of loss of points, please refer to your contract.
Your credit score at the end of the month will determine your pay for the following month.
100 – 109 points = base rate pay
110 – 119 points = 110% of base rate pay
120 points = 125% of base rate pay
There are other ways to make more money at Gogokid!
- If you convert a trial student, you will get paid $10.
- If you refer another teacher and they teach their 1st class, you will receive $120. There are also milestones for recruiting a certain amount of teachers.
- Gogokid has other peak slot incentives, challenges and ways to make more money – check the weekly updates for more information on these.
Gogokid is looking for enthusiastic teachers to join their team! The interview is a very important part of the process and it is extremely important to be prepared and show off your wonderful online ESL teaching skills!
Here are my top 5 interview tips for the Gogokid interview:
- Classroom Setup:
Space: Make sure that your classroom is setup well and ready to recieve students. You should have a classroom setup in a quiet area of your house, free of distractions and noise.
Lighting: You should be in a well lit area where you are not casting big shadows across your face and camera view. Sometimes lighting can cast shadows when it is unevently distributed. Try to have lighting in front of you rather than behind, overhead or on only one side.
Equipment: Make sure that your equipment works, and that you have a stable internet connection (consider using an ethernet cable to plug into your router).
- TPR & Props
TPR: This is total physical response and Gogokid wants to see that you are able to use TPR to help your student understand what you are teaching. TPR is using your hands effectively to help with meaning and understanding. Encourage the student to also use TPR. TPR can be instructional or educational. Instructional TPR would be instructing students to do something (ie: circle / draw a line / listen) and Educational TPR would be using TPR to help with a vocabulary word (ie: Throw = use your hands to demonstrate ‘throw’).PROPS: Try to have a variety of props when teaching the interview demo. A variety of props means that you are not just using one kind of prop (ie: cutouts). You will want to have a variety like real items, cutouts, a whiteboard, puppets, etc…
Practice the demo lesson! Use videos and supporting resources to help you see possible ways of teaching the slides, but please ensure that you are still remaining your authentic self and using your unique personality to teach the lesson while also implementing online ESL teaching skills. You can practice online with someone, or with friends and family and ask them for feedback!
- Use Online ESL Teaching Skills:
You will want to talk slowly, have the student repeat words multiple times, communicate clearly with simple sentences and little “incidental language”, and engage the student with your positivity and enthusiasm!
- Reach Out To A Mentor
Having a mentor through the application process can be invaluable and helpful. Using a referral code or using a mentor costs you nothing but in exchange for them getting a bonus when you get hired, you get free support, resources and someone to talk to and have your questions answered! You are welcome to use my link to apply, which you can find below, and I will be honored to support you throughout the process and after you sign your contract.
The online ESL industry is exploding with online ESL teaching companies and they all have their pro’s and con’s. The wonderful thing is that you get to pick and choose and as an indepedent contractor, you can work for more than 1 company.
- Flexible Schedule – no minimum hours required and you are in charge of creating your schedule.
- Pay – The pay is higher than most companies if you are able to attain the 120 points by the end of the month.
- Small Company – this is a positive for many people because of the opportunity to grow with a smaller company and potentially advance into other positions.
- Interactive Classroom – some people love the interactive classroom because it provides a lot of variety and is quite unique compared to other online ESL companies.
- An ideal second / backup company – I think that Gogokid is a great company to have as a secondary company so that you are not putting all your eggs in one basket. I think there is a lot of value in diversifying your income.
I wrote a comparison of Gogokid vs. VIPKid here if you are a VIPKid teacher coming over to Gogokid.
Rather than giving a list I am going to detail what concerns me about Gogokid. These are not isolated things that should deter anyone from applying and trying them out but these are just my personal opinions and observations.
It concerns me that Gogokid has recently introduced a lot of policies that hover on the grey line of treating their teachers like employees. They have moved into a penalty system for teachers who do not teach to their standards.
I also do not like that you have to play the numbers game and hope that you do not have a problem on the last day of the month as this one loss of a point can cost you the following month’s higher base rate pay. For example if you have an IT issue on the last day of the month and you have 120 points, you will lose a point which means that you do not get the 125% of your base rate.
Thank you for reading this far! I am hoping that you are excited about applying to Gogokid. I am a teacher and someone who refers and supports applicants to getting hired. This means that if you apply with my link or add my code to your application, I will give you my undivided attention and resources to help you.
There are 3 ways that you can get connected to me so that I can support you.
- Apply directly to Gogokid with my referral link (you can only do this if you haven’t applied before with your email). If you have, then you can make a new account with a new email address.
- Add my referral code to your application. My code is: CTDWBRRA.
You can do this during the interview (by telling the interview that I referred you) or during the paperwork stage when uploading your documents.
- Email Gogokid at email@example.com and say “I would like to add Tim Gascoigne (firstname.lastname@example.org) as my referral teacher to my application. His code is: CTDWBRRA