Good language skills are important nowadays; this is especially true if you want to work abroad. If you want to refresh your school knowledge or learn a completely new language, you do not necessarily have to attend a classic language school,you can learn foreign languages online. Courses on the Internet are becoming increasingly popular because of the low costs and the meanwhile increasing level of quality. A well known online language school is Lingoda, which offers live lessons with teachers who are native speakers.
The online language school was founded in 2013 by the brothers Felix and Fabian Wunderlich in Berlin. Today Lingoda has over 30,000 students according to its own information. In addition, more than 1,000 native-speaking teachers work for Lingoda, located all over the world. English courses, for example, are taught by qualified teachers from the USA, Canada, Great Britain, Australia and New Zealand. The distribution allows Lingoda language courses to be held around the clock.
In addition to private individuals, many companies also use Lingoda’s language courses for the further education of their employees. These include well-known companies such as Adidas, BMW and Google.
What languages does Lingoda offer?
Lingoda currently offers English lessons, but also courses for French, Spanish and German. For English learners, Lingoda offers a special course “Business English” in addition to the standard course, which teaches job-related English skills.
Is Lingoda suitable for beginners and advanced students?
Lingoda is a fully-fledged language school on an online basis with learning opportunities for all levels (A1 – C2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages). A1 is for absolute beginners and provides basic language skills. In advanced courses of language level C2 you can participate in complex conversational situations and are almost at the level of a native speaker. If you do not know your level in the respective foreign language, you can take a free placement test on the website, where multiple-choice questions as well as questions on listening and reading comprehension are asked. You should take half an hour for the 60 questions.
As Lingoda’s teaching is based on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), the courses can also be used to help students prepare for the internationally recognised language certificates such as BULATS, ILEC, IELTS, TOEIC and TOEFL as well as the Cambridge Certificate.
The learning concept of Lingoda
Learning takes place in group and individual lessons, the lessons are led by qualified teachers and native speakers. In addition to an Internet connection, the student only needs a headset, microphone and webcam. All learning materials are already included in the course (PDF example for download) and there is no need to buy an additional textbook as in many face-to-face courses. The free video conference tool Zoom is used for teaching. Although smartphone / tablet users can also take part in the virtual lessons via Zoom app, Lingoda recommends the use of a PC or laptop for the lessons.
Almost around the clock, 60-minute lessons begin every full hour and are led by native English speakers. Students can choose from a wide range of courses with different focuses such as grammar, conversation and writing. The courses are well suited for people who are professionally involved during the day and can only study in the evening or on weekends. In group lessons, a maximum of five other students take part in addition to the teacher.
In group lessons you can determine the learning pace yourself. The Standard Course is one lesson per week, the Intensive Course 1 hour per day (see Lingoda prices). The minimum duration of group lessons is one month. This is automatically extended by one month if the course is not cancelled before the end of the month.
As an alternative to group lessons, students can also book lessons with a private teacher. In the private lessons, students can also suggest their own topics, for example to prepare for an exam, an interview or a presentation at work. As with group lessons, the pace of learning can be adjusted to suit individual needs and ranges from 1 hour per week to 1 hour per day (see Lingoda Prices). As with group lessons, the minimum duration is 1 month.
In addition to group and individual lessons, Lingoda also offers the “Lingoda Marathon”. As the name suggests, this is a long-term language course with durations of 3, 6 or 12 months. The marathon includes lessons on every second day, which makes it very intensive to attend. The language marathon can be booked as a group or individual course and the price of the lessons is even lower than for a 1-month course (see Lingoda prices).
Lingoda also offers language students their own certificate. Students receive this certificate after completing a course level (A1, A2, B1, B2, B2, C1 or C2). The Lingoda Certificate provides detailed proof of the student’s progress and level of listening, speaking, writing and reading in English. The certificate is internationally recognised and can be used, for example, for application documents. An example of such a certificate can be found here.
Linguaskill test from Cambridge
In addition to the in-house Lingoda certificate, students can also take the “Linguaskill test” of Cambridge Assessment English (part of the renowned Cambridge University in England) via Lingoda. The Linguaskill test is a multi-level online test that includes the elements of speaking, listening, reading and writing. The complete test takes 2 hours 15 minutes and can be booked through Lingoda for 149 Euro. Participants receive their test result within 72 hours. Students who have booked the Lingoda Marathon for a period of 6 or 12 months can even take the Linguaskill test free of charge as part of the course.
Lingoda offers three price levels for group lessons. The cheapest course includes one lesson (60 minutes) per week and costs 59 Euro per month. The next higher package includes 2 to 3 group lessons per week for 139 Euro per month. For people who want to learn a new language as quickly as possible, Lingoda offers a package with daily lessons. For the price of 239 Euro per month, 30 hours of group lessons are already included.
With regard to private lessons, Lingoda offers comparable packages with a similar number of hours. Private lessons cost between 139 Euro and 599 Euro per month.
The course duration for group and individual lessons is one month and is automatically extended if the course is not cancelled before the end of the month. As payment methods Lingoda supports credit card (Visa, Mastercard), PayPal and instant bank transfer.
If you are looking for a long-term language course, the Lingoda Marathon offers a very attractive price. Depending on the chosen duration, the costs per hour are only between 6 and 8 Euros. Those who take part in 90 percent of the lessons and complete them will also receive a partial refund / cashback of the costs. Depending on the duration of the course, the refund can be between 50 and 400 euros.
Lingoda is a good platform to learn new languages or refresh existing knowledge. The costs are extremely fair; for group lessons with a native speaker teacher you pay only 8 to 12 euros per hour, for a private teacher for the same duration 20 to 28 euros. Also the short duration of 1 month and that the services can be used 24 hours a day are good reasons to try it out!Lingoda 7-day free trial