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Woospeak Review Summary
Woospeak is a well-established France-based language training provider for adult professionals. They pay English and German Native Speakers €17-25 an hour to conduct 1v1 classes between 9am-6pm CET, but you must have a fast internet connection and 1-2 years of professional training experience.
|Pay (per hour):||€17-25|
|Language/location requirements:||English and German Native Speakers/|
work from home worldwide
|Teaching certificate required?||Preferred|
|Teaching experience required?||1-2 years|
|Student age?||Adult professionals|
|Internet speed required:||50MB download, 15MB upload|
Woospeak Pros and Cons
- Well-established reputable company
- Short application form
- Free to work from anywhere in the world (with a fast enough internet connection)
- Daytime hours could supplement an evening position elsewhere
- Native English or German Speakers only
- Must have 1-2 years of experience in professional training
- Not suitable for those who prefer teaching children
- Relatively small sample of shared teacher experiences
What Is Woospeak and Is It Legit?
Woospeak is a legitimate and well-established language training company that was founded in 2006 and is based in France. It employs over 500 trainers to teach more than 20,000 learners across 400,000 training hours each year, producing an annual growth of 30%. Its legitimacy is underlined by working with 1,000+ corporate clients, including major international brands such as Nestlé, Siemens, and Michelin.
Woospeak training courses include:
- General English
- English for Specific Purposes (ESP) – targeted at professions such as banking, nursing, HR, law, etc.
- More than 50 other languages (including German, Spanish, Italian, Russian, etc.)
- FLE (Français Langue Étrangère)
- Test preparation (TOEIC, TOEFL, Cambridge Test, Geothe-Zertifikat, etc.)
Classes are conducted remotely one-on-one using the Webex video conferencing platform.
Below is an example of the teaching materials, with a video that is used within Woospeak’s Business English lesson 1 (Level A2/B1):
Woospeak Salary Information
The Woospeak pay rate ranges between €17-€25 per hour.
Woospeak Hours and Schedule
While Woospeak’s clients may book sessions 24/7, the peak times that trainers should be available are between 9am-6pm (Central European Time), with schedules planned ahead though they can lighten during vacation periods.
Below are the requirements to become a Woospeak trainer:
- Must be an English or German Native Speaker (for English teachers, some knowledge of German and/or French is an advantage but is not mandatory for every level)
- Possess 1-2 years of experience in professional training (3-5 years preferred)
- Able to provide proof of freelance status
- Love dealing with people but also comfortable working independently
- Excellent communication skills, great friendliness, and first-class manners
- Good computer skills (knowledge of Microsoft Office including Outlook, Word and Excel)
- Access to a ‘powerful’ computer, a microphone headset, and internet connection with a download speed of 50MB and upload speed of 15MB
Currently, a degree and/or teaching certificate is preferred but not required to apply, though this may change depending on future vacancies.
Woospeak Teacher Application Process
To apply for language training jobs online, visit the Woospeak recruitment page and search for available positions (you may need to translate the page when prompted by your browser); there is a listing currently open for online teachers.
Within the job description you will find a short application form requesting your:
- Email address
- First and last name
- Attached documents (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .rtf, .txt format)
- Cover letter (optional)
Alternatively, you can email this information to [email protected].
The Woospeak interview (should you be invited) lasts around 40 minutes and covers questions about teaching adults and business professionals.
Woospeak Reviews – What Is It Like Working for Woospeak?
The Woospeak Glassdoor page provides an average rating of 3.3 out of 5, with 75% willing to recommend the company. This is calculated from just 4 reviews (at the time of writing), though they were all submitted within the last year and so reflect recent experiences. While the learners, online system, and flexibility receive praise, there is criticism of the pay rate, and mixed opinions concerning the company’s support/communication/management and the number of classes that are allocated:
- “Quick support, great team, wonderful learners
- Good online system, with students from different fields, countries and companies. Flexibility with regard to material and methods used, in order to fulfil the needs of clients
- They start you off with a lot of classes
- Flexibility, independence, variety of clients”
- “The salary could be higher.
- Sometimes communication can be difficult, and teachers use different methods, which can cause some issues when courses are split
- Then they say they don’t have enough classes for you. When you threaten to quit enough times because you don’t have enough classes, they give you some extras for a few weeks. It never lasts long. They are like an abusive spouse, promising they’ll get better and then sending you long, mean emails about how it’s your fault for xyz. But if that were the case, they’d fire me. Instead, they keep you around because they want you to take care of the few clients they give you. They say nothing when you do well, but when you get the slightest criticism from a client, it’s the end of the world and they grill you about it. I’ve worked for bad teaching organizations before, but at least they gave me classes. These people are a poor excuse for a company and I truly hope the go out of business one day and leave them all in the kind of financial wreck they’ve left me for the past few years. It’s also hilarious that they advertise 30 euros an hour on advertisements for positions on this website when that isn’t even close to what they actually pay. It’s a joke.
- Bad pay, distant management, no growth”
The Woospeak Indeed page currently gives an overall score of 4.8 out of 5 from 6 reviews, though only one has been provided by a teacher since last year. They concur about the flexibility and freedom, though with some complaints about the long hours and lack of meetings:
Conclusion – Is Woospeak Worth It for Teachers?
Woospeak is a reputable company that has been operating for over a decade and a half, offering some reassurance to teachers who have seen other companies come and go in that time. They offer a pay rate slightly above the current industry average, though they want years of professional training experience in exchange. Those who lean more towards teaching ESL to young learners may prefer alternative teaching jobs.