Honest Learnlight Review – Read Before Applying! (2022)

Published by Dr Daniel Spence on

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Learnlight Review Summary

Learnlight is a multinational EdTech Company that provides language learning, skills acquisition, and company training; it pays €6-12 an hour for teachers with degrees, a language teaching certification, and 2 years’ experience, to teach mainly adult students 1v1 or in groups for 10+ hours a week.

Pay (per hour):€6-€12
Location / language requirements?Remote or face-to-face/proficiency in language taught
Degree / diploma required?Yes
Teaching certificate required?Yes
Teaching experience required?2 years of language teaching experience
Adult / child students?Mostly adults
Class size:1v1 or groups up to 6
Minimum hours (per week):10 hours (1 year commitment)

Learnlight Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Easy to apply
  • Curriculum and lessons are already prepared
  • Supportive trainers are there to help teachers
  • Teachers create their own schedule
  • Generally positive teacher reviews

Cons:

  • Learnlight teacher pay is low
  • Teachers get paid in Euros, meaning currency conversion charges for many
  • Low student demand in summer
  • 10 hours of training to complete across 2 weeks
  • 1 year commitment

What Is Learnlight?

Learnlight is an EdTech company that started in 2007 and specializes in providing language learning, skills acquisition, and company training. The Learnlight headquarters is in Madrid, Spain, but they have satellite locations in Italy, France, and Germany. Learnlight has multiple kinds of jobs available and varied educational resources for companies around the world.

Is Learnlight Legit?

Learnlight is a legit EdTech company. Learnlight language teaching offers a diverse number of languages that people can learn and teach beyond just English. The Learnlight Facebook page boasts of many successes in the last year: Learnlight acquired two companies, got a facelift for their website, and won the eLearning Journal 2021 award for ‘Language Training’ with Siemens. The Learnlight company is growing and wants diverse language teachers, Learnlight tutors, and Learnlight trainers. 

Learnlight Online Teaching

Learnlight involves teaching in a flipped classroom. Students prepare their homework before class, get feedback and then do the next session. Learnlight Teachers are required to provide post-lesson feedback as well.

Materials are provided for all Learnlight English levels for group and individual lessons. Teachers need to understand how to use Skype and Microsoft Teams for online teaching. 

Learnlight Platform

When teachers are working with Learnlight they have access to and use the Learnlight platform. The platform includes a calendar that helps to coordinate in different time zones so that teachers don’t have to worry about when they need to be online. 

The platform also helps remind teachers of upcoming events, pending actions, and alerts. The platform allows the teacher to import or export customizable learning resources that include student monitoring and extensive materials. 

How Much Does Learnlight Pay?

The Learnlight pay rate is between €6-€12 an hour (some applicants only discover the lower amount at interview stage). Learnlight hourly rates vary depending on qualifications, experience and the language taught, and some teachers report that Learnlight offers bonuses when students give teachers high ratings.

Since the Learnlight payment method is in Euros, a bank may charge to convert the currency based on a teacher’s location.

Learnlight Hours

Learnlight English teachers decide their schedule, which is a plus. Learnlight jobs do require that teachers commit to a year of working at least 10 prime/peak hours a week between:

  • 06:00 – 09:00 (UTC/GMT)
  • 12:00 – 15:00
  • 17:00 – 20:00
  • 22:00 – 01:00

The Learnlight school runs from August to May, much like a regular school in many Northern Hemisphere countries. However, teachers report that this results in less work during the summer months. 

Learnlight Requirements

Learnlight teaching requirements are posted on their website here

The requirements for a Learnlight career in teaching are as follows: 

  • Foreign Language Teaching Certification (i.e. TEFL, CELTA, TESOL, FLE, DAEFLE, DELE, ELE, DaF, DITALS, EPE)
  • Minimum of 2 years of language teaching experience
  • Proficiency in language taught 
  • Ability to commit to a fixed schedule for a minimum of one year for 10+ hours per week during prime time hours:
    • 06:00 – 09:00 / 12:00 – 15:00 / 17:00 – 20:00 / 22:00 – 01:00 (UTC/GMT)
  • Learnlight requires teachers to have access to a laptop or desktop computer, headset, webcam, and a 10Mbps internet connection (you can test your internet speed here).

Learnlight does not require a second language but prefers it along with a business background. 

How to Teach for Learnlight – Learnlight Recruitment Process

Teachers can apply on the Learnlight careers website, where you will need to provide the following information:

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email address
  • Phone number
  • Resume
  • Skype ID
  • Nationality
  • City
  • State (province/county)
  • Country
  • Consent to your CV/resume being stored in a database for 6 months (Germany candidates only)
  • Are you permitted to work in the country where you are based?
  • Native language(s)
  • Second language spoken (at least to intermediate level) – optional
  • Third language spoken (at least to intermediate level) – optional
  • First language taught
  • Second language taught (at least to upper-intermediate level) – optional
  • Third language taught (at least to upper-intermediate level) – optional
  • Do you have a foreign language teaching qualification? If yes, please specify
  • Do you have a minimum of two years’ language teaching experience?
  • Years of language teaching experience
  • Specialized language courses taught (e.g. business, legal, finance, medical, exam preparation, young learners, etc.)
  • Other university degrees, certificates or diplomas
  • Are you willing to use webcam for online teaching?
  • Are you willing to deliver both one-to-one and group sessions (max. 6 students) online?
  • How would you define your teaching philosophy?
  • How did you find out about Learnlight?

Learnlight Interview Questions

Learnlight Interviews are held over Skype, and teachers need to provide their Skype ID for this when they apply. Here are examples of Learnlight interview questions that have previously been asked:

  • Tell us something about yourself that you didn’t mention in your CV
  • What do you know about Learnlight?
  • What is your experience as an English teacher? 
  • What do you enjoy about teaching English?
  • Which age group do you most like teaching?
  • Have you taught adults before?
  • What is your teaching method/style?
  • What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  • How do you think online teaching differs from face-to-face classes?
  • What do you think is the most important thing in conducting an online class?
  • What is important to make a lesson interesting? 

Learnlight Training

Once teachers sign their contract, they are assigned two Learnlight trainers. There are about 10 hours of training and orientation to complete which Learnlight spreads out over two weeks! 

Teachers in training will have access to student and teacher accounts to get a feel for the platform and how it looks on each end to best support students. 

Teachers report that the training provides them with confidence and the ability to teach students with only 30 minutes or less of pre-planning.

Learnlight Demo

There is a trial lesson that prospective teachers complete once they have gone through their training. The lesson taught will be relevant to the Learnlight English level or language they were hired to teach.

Working for Learnlight Reviews

Learnlight teacher reviews reflect that those who work for the company generally have a positive experience. The Learnlight Glassdoor page gives the company an overall score of 4.2 out of 5, with 85% willing to recommend them to a friend. Low pay and currency conversions are the biggest complaints, while there is praise for the support received from trainers and other members of the Learnlight team:

Learnlight Glassdoor reviews summary

Learnlight Indeed reviews are not as exuberant, providing an overall score of 3.6 out of 5. Teachers explain that creating your own schedule is beneficial, but some report that hours can be low and the demand is not as high in the 2022 year:

Learnlight Indeed review

Conclusion – Is Learnlight Worth It?

While the pay is low, and there are differing opinions about student demand and hours available on the platform, the overall opinion is that Learnlight is a positive place for teachers, with lots of training and support on offer. It could be a good part-time job or side hustle for supplemental income, depending on the affordability of where you live.

Teachers can apply for Learnlight online teaching jobs here

A list of other non-China companies can be found here.

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Dr Daniel Spence

Daniel Spence is the founder of Online Teaching Review. He has been an international teacher since 2008, an award-winning academic, author of two books, and holds a PhD, MA, BA (Hons), and TESOL.

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