Absolute Financial English is a new coursebook for students following a course of study in Financial English, written in particular for candidates preparing for Cambridge ICFE. With answers and an audio CD.
Written by Julie Pratten it contains 10 units which provide over 60 hours of teaching material. Each unit is divided into four sections with each section covering one of the four skills; closely following the organization of Cambridge ICFE. Absolute Financial English contains an introductory unit which describes the ICFE exam in detail including an introduction to each paper. Absolute Financial English includes a SKILLS focus and an EXAM focus in every section of each unit, so both language and exam skills are introduced and practiced in a stimulating and methodical way. Absolute Financial English provides extensive practice of the text types and tasks featured in the exam, contains tips and hints to assist candidates with each section of the exam and focuses on training, not testing. Absolute Financial English can be used successfully in class and also for self-study and comes with an Audio CD and includes a Language Bank of Useful Language, as well as all tape scripts and the answer key.
About the exam Introduction to the four ICFE papers / Exam hints / Time Management
Unit 1 Introduction to ICFE Accounting Standards / Accuracy of Accounts / History of Accounting
Unit 2 The Financial Environment Financial Institutions / Developments in Accountancy / Chartered Accountancy
Unit 3 Accounting systems Accounting Qualifications / Accounting Software / Accounting Interviews
Unit 4 Company Performance Financial Statements / Company Reporting / Disclosure
Unit 5 Auditing Basic Auditing Principles / European and US system / Harmonization
Unit 6 Ethics Accounting Ethics / Ethical Reporting Principles / Sarbanes-Oxley
Unit 7 Fraud Corporate Fraud / Changes in Accounting Law / Forensic Accounting
Unit 8 Banking Financial Reporting of Central Banks / Banking Supervision / The Credit Crunch
Unit 9 Insurance Key Insurance terms / Principles of Insurance Accounting / Regulatory Framework of Insurance
Unit 10 Bankruptcy Language of Bankruptcy / The Role of Insolvency Practitioners / Debt
"After teaching both business and general English in 20 countries or more, including Brazil, Germany, Lithuania and Paraguay, I entered the world of finance via the Czech Republic, where I was sent as the materials writer for a British Know-How Fund project at the Czech National Bank. After attending several Barclays Bank crash courses to get to grips with the financial terms used in international banking, I developed a series of Banking English courses covering a range of financial topics from Foreign Exchange Operations to International Trade Finance. Since then I have written several business and finance related books, including the old favourite 'Banking English'. More recently I wrote 'Absolute Financial English' – the main coursebook for the Cambridge ESOL 'International Certificate in Financial English', which is the finance sector's new benchmark qualification. In the early days of my financial English teaching, bankers and financial experts only really wanted to learn some specialist terms related to their own field of finance. They are now expected to possess a high degree of competence in all language skills – as well as being able to perform in meetings and presentations.
Nowadays I live in Turkey, with my husband, two cats, one dog, chickens and geese. Although I live in a rural setting – just a stone's throw away from the sea, I provide language consultancy for a number of banks and financial institutions and deliver courses at the Banks Association of Turkey and the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. Since 2005 I have also been the CFBT's editor, which involves checking all its regular publications, including the Annual Report and key speeches of the Governor."
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