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The Centre for Foreign Language Study

Courses for people at work

“70% of responding businesses value language skills among their employees, particularly in helping to build relationships with clients, customers, and suppliers.”

Confederation of British Industries, Education and Skills Survey 2013

North East Language Training is a new venture brought to the business community by Durham University. Building on years of experience in the training of both students and members of the public in foreign languages, we offer short, semi-intensive language training courses to anyone for whom knowledge of a foreign language will be an asset in their work. These courses are designed and developed with business language use in mind. Linking explicitly to the regional international trade and inward investment priorities, courses are available in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish, from Beginners level upwards. Other languages may be available upon request, including French, Italian, Japanese and Korean. Individual registrations are accepted for language groups of typically 8-12 learners.

Opening doors

"Being able to speak Spanish has opened doors to the Mexican oil & gas market that would otherwise have taken years to get through. Being able to write proposals in Spanish is fine, but the ability to build trust and friendships with customers not only helped earn revenue, but has allowed us to gain influence on advisory boards and steering groups as part of a long term strategy." (MC, subsea industry)