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Oxford English for Careers: Finance 1 Student Book

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Oxford English for Careers: Finance 1 Student Book

A course for pre-work students who are studying for a career in the finance industry.

Format: Paperback

An Intermediate course that provides the language, skills, and practice to help students pass the ICFE exam, and follow a career in the finance sector.

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-456993-4
  • Pages: 144
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Dimensions: 276x210 mm

Finance 1 is ideal for pre-work students, studying at intermediate level, who will need to use English to communicate effectively in the financial workplace.

Finance 1 develops the vocabulary, language, and skills that students need for use in a range of financial careers such as accounting, economics, auditing, tax, banking, insurance, trading, and statistics.

  • Student's Book
  • Teacher's Book
  • Class Audio CD

Key features

  • Authentic and up-to date information in every unit, written and checked by finance industry insiders
  • Topic-based syllabus, covering a range of subjects such as banking, stock markets, and company internal finance
  • Teaches English in context, so students practise the language and skills they need for the job in real work situations
  • Real-world profiles from genuine professionals in the 'It's my job' section offer authentic and engaging insights into the finance industry
  • Extra facts, figures, quotations, and specialist terminology included in the top margin of unit pages
  • The Teacher's Resource Book provides specialist background to the industry for every unit, as well as industry tips to support non-expert teachers


Finance 1 is suitable for intermediate students studying for a career in the financial industries. Finance 1 gives students the language, information, and skills they will need for a career in these industries, and the preparation required to pass the ICFE exam. The Reading Bank in the middle of the book provides practice in reading and vocabulary skills, using questions in a similar format to the Test of Reading in the ICFE.

The Webquest in each unit is a short, practical internet-based task for students to do in class time, or longer more involved tasks to do outside the classroom. Webquest tasks can be linked to other sections in the unit, and range from a simple internet research project, to an instruction to interview someone in their native language, and then write up a summary in English.

The 'Professional Skills' feature in each unit covers a range of skills, including making presentations and negotiating, and addresses subjects such as professional ethics in the financial industries.

The course supports teachers in the vocational teaching situation, providing them with specialist background information for the industry.


1 Choosing jobs
First impressions, researching financial employers, reasons for going into finance, what can you expect from a career in banking?

2 Personal finance
Customer relationship management, the banking code, financial check-up, customer complaints

3 Company financial services
Outsourcing, controlling business expenses, scheduling appointments

4 Economic indicators
Investing in emerging markets, presenting figures, interpreting data, presenting data, explaining trends and their causes

5 Economic cycles
How to behave in meetings, the IMF and World Bank, The 'Great Depression', managing the world economy, recession and recovery

6 Economic sectors
Regional development agencies, investment decisions, competing in the global economy, the road to development

7 Banking
Selling on the phone, researching a bank, types of banks, an organisation chart for a bank

8 Stock markets
Investment strategies, researching a share's performance, why do stock markets move?

9 Company internal finance
Negotiating, finance for small businesses, cash flow, financing the company, insisting on payment, annual reports

10 Company reporting
Annual report of a bank, the chairman's statement at the AGM, forecasting

11 Accountancy and auditing
Accountancy and professional ethics, working in accountancy, the steps of an audit, accounting and auditing, the auditor's letter to management

12 Insurance and risk
Tips on getting the best policy, insurance claims from a national disaster, how do companies manage risk? Reporting on insurance claims

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