English for Finance

Business English for Finance

Duration: 5 days Monday – Friday 09.00 – 17.15

Location: Linguarama London - Non-residential Hotel and Host Family accommodation available

Address: 101 Finsbury Pavement, London EC2A 1RS

Why should you attend? 

In today's global economy, multi-national companies manage assets and financial resources worth billions. As the global economy diversifies, so companies need to become more effective in managing the financial health of subsidiaries in diverse and complex international markets. In addition, global investors carefully analyse quarterly financial reports and companies who communicate improved performance successfully can expect further investment.

As the global economy increases its reliance on English as the global language of finance, so CFOs, Financial Controllers and Financial Directors need to master their understanding of written and spoken English within the context of their roles. Whether it is handling major shareholders and investors or addressing the financial media at results time, excellence in English has become an invaluable skill.

Turning Theory into Practice

Key in our series of Specialist Group Programmes, this course encourages participants to share ideas and experiences in order to facilitate the development of communication skills in relevant financial situations and contexts. The programme will be based around the needs of the participants, developing language skills through discussion, role-plays, presentations, vocabulary development, language analysis, negotiation practice all in the context of the core functions of a Finance Professional.

Practical language skills will be developed in the following contexts:

  • Understanding the Vocabulary of International Finance
  • Successfully presenting the business accounts
  • Understanding the framework of the business cycle
  • Describing accurately financial trends
  • Assessing terminology associated with bad debt and debt recovery
  • Analysing the vocabulary of recession and its implications
  • Comparing American vs. British terminology – common mistakes
  • Discussing currency variations and forms of money

Reporting Successfully

  • Understanding the correct use of English within financial reports
  • Drafting emails and letters to reflect financial events
  • Discussing the terminology of takeovers and mergers
  • Examining examples of company reports

Evaluating Case Studies

  • Enron
  • Shell Shock
  • Handling the financial press
  • Discussing Ryan Air and the low cost model
  • Analysing a leading brand
  • The language of the takeover bid

Applying Role Plays

  • Mastering the language of persuasion
  • Expressing strong opinions and recommendations
  • Successfully addressing Risk

Describing Company Performance

  • Comparing Company performance quarter to quarter
  • Describing and presenting company performance to investors and media
  • Successfully addressing the future – financial uncertainty & financial projections
  • Discussing the regulatory environment

Language Development

  • Finance Specific Vocabulary
  • Grammar clinic
  • Complex pronunciation
  • Reading and interpreting the financial press
  • Perfecting the language of lobbying and persuasion
  • Developing effective written English

Benefits to you:

  • Improving your English language skills in a variety of financial contexts
  • Developing your ability to communicate technical financial terminology in English
  • Benchmarking your knowledge with other finance professionals
  • Improving the skill and speed at which you read financial documents
  • Discussing financial case studies
  • Perfecting your skills in presenting financial reports and information in English to be more persuasive and effective
  • Building on your skills in drafting financial letters, emails and reports in English
  • Increasing your confidence when dealing with clients & colleagues in English face-to-face, on the phone or in writing
  • Fast tracking the development in your overall language ability

Who should attend:

Financial professionals working in international consultancies, audit firms or multinational companies, who deal with international clients or discuss financial issues with colleagues in English. Financial professionals responsible for presenting financial information to international investors and the financial press.

Case Studies


  • "Best language teachers I have ever had"
    J.D., Audit Manager, PWC
  • "The content of the course was varied and interesting. The teaching was open to the different learning styles of the students, and picked up correctly on all our strengths & weaknesses."
    N.W., Manager, GSD, Germany.
  • ".. informative and detailed, lots of role-plays, very practical. I'll definitely recommend this training to others."
    Joo Myung Hur, Production Manager, Korea
  • "Perfectly selected content, tailor-made and individual to my demands. My teacher was experienced, she was a good communicator and perfect at encouraging me. 'Individual programme'"
    Bernd Pompetzki, Commerzbank
  • "My programme was tailored exactly to my individual needs – all my expectations were met completely."
    T.E., Consultant, Bearing Point, Germany.
  • "The course was well prepared, the teachers were really good with professional and financial backgrounds. 'English for Finance'"
    Lukasz Szarawara, Adamed Sp, Poland
  • "The teaching is very good; they are able to control our discussion and encourage us to speak as much as possible. The feedback is also very useful."
    Y.I., Engineer, Nisshin Engineering, Japan.
  • "The host family was very comfortable, they were friendly and interesting. I had my own bathroom. 'Executive Group Programme'"
    Yoann Vidalenc, Areva France
  • "I was offered a programme that met completely with the requirements and even exceeded my expectations."
    U.G., Member, Italian Parliament.
  • "My programme and course was very helpful for me. Everything was well-prepared, and the materials were perfect (I will be keeping all of them as my “treasures”)."
    D.H., Engineer, Seibu Oil, Japan.
  • "I collected the feedback of our team, which confirmed my valuation of the professional setup of your centre - both highly productive regarding the English training and a lot of fun and entertainment ."
    KC, HR Manager, Austria
  • "The atmosphere is very professional and welcoming, and gives an excellent first impression. It is like my family."
    R.S., Lecturer, Bocconi University
  • "We learned a lot through clever role plays and other situational conversations. This was an excellent way to increase conversational skills and build our confidence"
    T.F., Manager, Nevitel, Slovakia.
  • "The teachers are very professional and competent, and they are very helpful for us. Because their teaching styles are very good and varied, lessons were never boring."
    A.A., Chemist, Boehringer Ingleheim, Germany.
  • "My teaching programme was very interesting and helpful and contained an interesting variety of different activities."
    G.M., Manager, KH General Insurance, Hungary.
  • "Very intensive course !"
    M.C., Internal Audit, Unicredit
  • "The teachers had a perfect background for the financial course. 'English for Finance'"
    Petra Speidel, Magirus International, Germany
  • "Course content had good balance between theory, practice and exercises!"
    T. M., Research & Development, Novozymes
  • "Very good, very flexible to meet my needs"
    C.S., Logistics Dept., KLM Cargo
  • "Content - brilliant!, Resources - perfect! Social Programme - the best!"
    Gavin Sang Keun Yu, Production Manager,Kuala Lumpur
  • "Excellent course content"
    A.J., Manager, Derpart Reisevertrieb
  • "Teachers were perfect, flexible, challenging, giving clear rules and feedback "
    J.J. - Bayer Schering