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Your training to be a foreign language assistant

Full-time or part-time training

With training to become a foreign language assistant you have the opportunity to practise a responsible and varied job in your future career. You deal with foreign correspondence, take on translation work and simple interpreting jobs, conduct telephone calls in foreign languages and professionally support foreign customers and business partners. You can complete your training in daytime lessons or in the evenings and on Saturdays at inlingua Cologne..

inlingua Cologne offers training for the following languages: English, French, Spanish and Russian.

Our qualified trainees have a variety of job opportunities open to them at international companies. For example at:

  • Import and export companies
  • Law chambers, banks or insurance firms
  • Authorities and institutions
  • Airlines and IT companies

Foreign language assistant course content

Training objective

With our training you acquire all the language skills and abilities you need for the foreign language assistant examination at the Chamber of Industry and Commerce. The training concludes with the inlingua diploma or the certificate from the Cologne or Bonn Chamber of Industry and Commerce.

Course duration

The full-time training takes 24 months with 10 to 20 sessions a week.

  • 2 academic years
  • The training may be shortened to 1 academic year with appropriate prior knowledge in both foreign languages, which is evidenced by a test.
  • Full-time training with 10 to 20 sessions per week with core session times from 8am to 2pm (Monday to Friday)
  • It is possible to start the course in April and October.

The part-time training takes 12 months with 4 sessions a week.  

  • 12 months / 180 sessions
  • The training may be shortened to 1 academic year with appropriate prior knowledge in both foreign languages, which is evidenced by a test.
  • Evening classes with 4 sessions per week with core sessions times twice a week from 7:10pm to 9pm or on Saturdays from 9:10am to 1pm.
  • It is possible to start the course in January, April and October.

Course content

Written and spoken foreign language assistant skills

  • Vocabulary and grammar
  • Speaking skills and telephone training

Business correspondence and essays

  • Independently handling business correspondence
  • Translating business letters and economics and politics texts

Specialist knowledge and regional studies

  • Specialist knowledge and terminology (business), specifically banking
  • And the stock market, foreign trade and transport, customs and
  • Excise, economic geography, regional studies, culture and politics

Admission requirements

  • Evidence of a secondary school leaving certificate (Mittlere Reife from a Realschule, Wirtschaftsschule or Gymnasium, the M path from a Hauptschule, QuaBi)
  • English skills equivalent to Mittlere Reife level (placement test)
  • No prior knowledge required for the second foreign language, French or Spanish.
  • For applicants whose native language is not German, additional evidence of very good German skills

Language combinations

Our students can choose the following language combinations:

  • English 
  • French, Spanish or Russian as second language
  • 3rd foreign language as optional subject (Japanese, Russian

Job description

As a foreign language assistant you deal with foreign correspondence, take on translation work and simple interpreting jobs, conduct telephone calls in foreign languages and professionally support foreign customers and business partners. At the same time, foreign language assistants often perform commercial and administrative tasks. Besides your native language, you usually master two foreign languages, orally and in writing.

  • You write letters, contracts, invoices, confirmations, delivery notes, customs documents etc. in different foreign languages
  • In doing so you always observe the target language’s communicative practices and formal regulations  
  • You know the specialist business language and specialist language specific to the sector
  • You translate incoming documents and letters
  • You conduct telephone calls with foreign business partners and take on simple interpreting jobs at meetings and business negotiations
  • You are involved with working on trade fairs, conferences and congresses
  • You take on general office and administration tasks
  • You ensure the office organisation of foreign language correspondence and build up folders, files, databases for foreign language texts and requirements or standards for text modules

Your trainers

Our experienced international team of trainers provide competent, practical and professional training. The language lessons are only taught by native speakers. As a result, our students learn the correct pronunciation.

Summer semester / winter semester 2019

Full-time training:

  • Winter semester from 7.10.2019
  • Summer semester from 1.4.2019 (Just join now!)

Foreign language assistant course full-time

name time price (€)
English Mo-Fr, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 400 per month
Spanish Mo-Fr, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. 400 per month
French Mo-Fr, 12:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 400 per month

Part-time training

180 hours overall, 4 hours weekly

Foreign language assistant course part-time

name start time price (€)
English 06.04.2019 Saturday 09:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 350 per month
English 01.04.2019 Mo./Wed., 7:10 p.m. - 8:40 p.m. 350 per month
Spanish 06.04.2019 Saturday., 9:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 350 per month
French 06.04.2019 Saturday., 9:15 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 350 per month

Do you have any questions? We are there for you!

We would be happy to personally advise you. Pop in and see us and get an idea yourself of our specialist trainers and rooms. We are happy to provide you with comprehensive information about the training to become a foreign language assistant. Simply arrange an appointment with our training advisor. She will be happy to make time for you and assess your language skills free of charge.
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