Garnet Education

English for Banking in Higher Education Studies
Course Book with audio CDs

By Marie McLisky Series edited by Terry Phillips

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Mixed media product - Course Book with audio CDs, 133 pages £24.00
Published: 1st April 2008
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ISBN: 9781859649350
Format: 280mm x 210mm
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Category: English for Specific Academic Purposes
Level: Upper intermediate to proficiency
CEF: B2 to C2
IELTS: 5.0 to 7.5+

Series: English for Specific Academic Purposes


English for Banking in Higher Education Studies

The Garnet Education English for Specific Academic Purposes series won the Duke of Edinburgh English Speaking Union English Language Book Award in 2009.

English for Banking is a skills-based course designed specifically for students of banking who are about to enter English-medium tertiary level studies. It provides carefully graded practice and progressions in the key academic skills that all students need, such as listening to lectures and speaking in seminars. It also equips students with the specialist banking language they need to participate successfully within a banking studies faculty. Extensive listening exercises come from banking lectures, and all reading texts are taken from the same field of study. There is also a focus throughout on the key banking vocabulary that students will need.

  • Listening: how to understand and take effective notes on extended lectures, including how to follow the argument and identify the speaker's point of view.
  • Speaking: how to participate effectively in a variety of realistic situations, from seminars to presentations, including how to develop an argument and use stance markers.
  • Reading: how to understand a wide range of texts, from academic textbooks to Internet articles, including how to analyze complex sentences and identify such things as the writer's stance.
  • Writing: how to produce coherent and well-structured assignments, including such skills as paraphrasing and the use of the appropriate academic phrases.
  • Vocabulary: a wide range of activities to develop students' knowledge and use of key vocabulary, both in the field of banking and of academic study in general.
  • Vocabulary and Skills banks: a reference source to provide students with revision of the key words and phrases and skills presented in each unit.
  • Full transcripts of all listening exercises.

The Garnet English for Specific Academic Purposes series covers a range of academic subjects. All titles present the same skills and vocabulary points. Teachers can therefore deal with a range of ESAP courses at the same time, knowing that each subject title will focus on the same key skills and follow the same structure.

Key Features

  • Systematic approach to developing academic skills through relevant content.
  • Focus on receptive skills (reading and listening) to activate productive skills (writing and speaking) in subject area.
  • Eight-page units combine language and academic skills teaching.
  • Vocabulary and academic skills bank in each unit for reference and revision.
  • Audio CDs for further self-study or homework.
  • Ideal coursework for EAP teachers.
  • NEW 13th unit, dealing with the recession and the ongoing financial crisis, available online shortly.
  • Extra resources at www.garnetesap.com

Contents

Unit 1: What is banking?
Unit 2: The origins of banking
Unit 3: Banking institutions
Unit 4: Computers in banking
Unit 5: Bank performance
Unit 6: Central banks
Unit 7: International banking
Unit 8: Offshore banking
Unit 9: Banking in developing countries
Unit 10: Banking and ethics
Unit 11: Influences on banking standards
Unit 12: Banking governance
Unit 13: (Available online shortly) Banking and change

"... extremely well presented, with engaging diagrams and graphs"

- EL Gazette, November 2008

"I wish that I had had access to something like this when I did my banking training!"

- Ghazi Al-Shareef, Independent Schools, Qatar

"English for Banking in Higher Education Studies is designed for college level students who plan to take banking courses entirely or partially in English. The course book provides graded progression in the key academic skills that students need such as listening to lectures and speaking in seminars. It equips students with specialist banking language, bank operations and banking management concepts they need to participate successfully.

As a reformed banker (now a teacher), I was skeptical when asked to review this resource. Pleasantly surprised, I found it a motivating introduction. The layout of the text and supporting graphs were effectively and clearly organised. For example, in Unit 10, Banking and ethics, there are good case studies using writer's voice (stance). The target vocabulary is well-sustained and has enough reinforcement to solidify its use. However, I noted that aspects of banking customer service, product sales and quality assurance were missing.

The book is divided into 12 units, each based on a different aspect of banking. Odd-numbered units focus on listening/speaking and even-numbered units focus on reading/writing. Each unit is divided into four lessons: vocabulary; reading or listening skill development; reading or writing extension; and, a parallel reading or listening text where students have to use new skills. The final two pages serve as a summary of the unit content.

Each unit provides from 4 to 6 hours of classroom activity with a further 2 to 4 of added activities available. So, this course would be suitable as a foundation course of 50-80 hours. For successful completion, the minimal expectation would certainly be IELTS at level 5. I wish that I had had access to something like this when I did my banking training!

This book is part of the English for Specific Academic Purposes series from Garnet that covers a range of academic subjects, all with the same core skills and vocabulary points. Teachers at the tertiary level will find English for Banking a welcome addition to their foundation programme."

- IATEFL Voices, Issue 208, May-June 2009

"The subtitle of this book gives an insight into its approach: 'in Higher Education Studies'. This is essentially a skills-based course for banking students who are about to enter tertiary education. Hence, it focuses on academic skills such as listening to lectures and speaking seminars.

The twelve chapters cover a number of aspects of banking including the origins of banks, central banks, international banks and e-banking. So, specialist banking terms are practised through material with a focus on academic skills. The book, therefore, has quite a narrow user group. Nevertheless, much of the content is extremely well presented, with engaging diagrams and graphs. The teacher's book is comprehensive, and includes photocopiable worksheets."

- Pete Sharma for the Bournemouth English Book Centre, in the EL Gazette Issue 346, November 2008

The main aim of this course is to facilitate university students of banking to be familiar with the terminology and related context, as well as preparing them to enter English-medium studies or organizations. The teacher's book includes comprehensive teaching notes on all exercises, complete answer keys to all exercises, full transcripts of listening exercises, facsimiles of course book pages and photocopiable resource pages.

The main text is divided into 12 units, which focus on the rationale of banking, origins, e-banking, bank performance, central bank, international banking, offshore banking, banking in developing countries, banking and ethics, influences on banking standards and banking governance, and each topic focuses on different language skills. In this way, it is more convenient for teachers to have a focus in one specific lesson instead of having to design the particular language focus. In addition, the book lists some key vocabulary in relation to each unit, so that teachers can have a clear understanding of the vocabualry that should be covered.

Various images are incorporated in this book, such as flowcharts, diagrams, photos, crosswords, line graphs, pie charts, which vividly present the teacher with the key concept to be taught. There are exercises at the end of each unit, to ensure students' understanding of the necessary knowledge, which are practice-oriented.

The overall performance of the book is user-friendly, practical and up-to-date. It well satisfies the needs of English for academic purposes and covers the contents a student needs to know about banking. It develops students' English language skills as well as raises their awareness of banking, so it fulfils the original aim of serving university students with banking English.

- Kunwen Yuan, Student, University of Edinburgh


Publication Details:


Binding:
 Mixed media product - Course Book with audio CDs, 133 pages
ISBN:
 9781859649350
Format:
 280mm x 210mm
Contains full colour photos, tables and illustrations

BIC Code:
 EL, ES, ESB
BISAC Code:
  BUS007000, FOR007000
Imprint:
 Garnet Education


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