Financial English

Financial English


Can you spot the mistakes in the following sentences?

I worked as a financial specialist for 5 years.
The rise of the euro was caused by the result of the elections.
I look forward to meet you soon.
We expect prices to raise considerably in the coming few months.

If you are not sure, it is time for a language training Financial English. This training will give you the necessary English language and communication skills to discuss financial topics with your clients. It will increase your confidence when discussing financial documents and data and you will be able to prevent errors and misunderstandings.

This course is organised in cooperation with the Academic Language Centre of Leiden University.


Target group

This training is for finance professionals who are looking for a practical course focusing on key finance concepts. The course is suitable for professionals working in business or private practice with intermediate or higher level of English language.


Learning goals

Build your financial vocabulary through reading, listening and writing,
Develop your comprehension of English financial texts,
Improve your speaking skills through discussion and role plays,
Practice specific language functions such as suggesting, agreeing, clarifying, etc,
Explain the pitfalls for Dutch speakers of English.


4 days from 3 to 6 pm.

  • Monday 27 May 2019
  • Monday 3 June 2019
  • Monday 17 June 2019
  • Monday 1st of July 2019


Course day 1
  • Key vocabulary of finance 1
  • Correspondence / formal vs informal style
  • Permission / likelihood and probability
  • Grammar: tenses
  • Listening exercise
  • Talking about figures 1
  • Role play: a current financial topic
  • Assignment 1
Course day 2
  • Key vocabulary of finance 2
  • Meetings
  • Advising and suggesting
  • Talking about figures 2
  • Grammar: conditionals
  • Listening exercise
  • Prepositions 1
  • Role play: a current financial topic
  • Assignment 2
Course day 3
  • Key vocabulary of finance 3
  • Writing reports
  • Linking words
  • Clarifying, summarizing and paraphrasing
  • Grammar: continuous
  • Listening exercise
  • Prepositions 2
  • Confusing words 1
  • Role play: a current financial topic
  • Assignment 3
Course day 4
  • Key vocabulary of finance 4
  • Presentations
  • Describing cause and effect
  • Disagreeing diplomatically
  • Listening exercise
  • Confusing words 2
  • Role play: a current financial topic


Course materials

All participants will receive a course book (Ian MacKenzie, English for the Financial Sector, Cambridge University Press, 2008) – the price of this book is included in the course fee, and additional printed material.

Over docent

  • drs. Gea Hakker-Prins

    Docent Engels, gespecialiseerd in Business English/Financial English
    Na een academische studie Engelse Taal en Cultuur is Gea Hakker werkzaam geweest in de financiële sector en consultancy ...
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