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.
- 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.
1 Apr 2008
Number of pages: 133
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
Marie McLisky is the author of English for Banking in Higher Education Studies and English for Public Relations in Higher Education Studies in the ESAP series. She holds an MA (Sociology) and M.Ed (educational Technology and TESOL).
Marie tutored Sociology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, then at the University of Maryland (Asian Division) in Korea. While in Korea, Marie gained her RSA Certificate in TEFLA, and worked as an ESOL instructor to Korean university students and adults.
In 1992, Marie moved to Indonesia to work as an English language instructor and trainer for the British Council, and as a certified examiner for the IELTS exam. Her work in Indonesia included ESP and ESAP materials development. While working in Indonesia, she completed the RSA Diploma in TEFLA, and her MEd. at the University of Manchester.
Since her return to New Zealand, Marie has worked in a variety of roles, including teacher trainer on the Trinity College Certificate in TESOL Course.
Terry Phillips has worked in ELT for more than 35 years as a teacher, teaching supervisor, manager and language school owner. As a consultant, he has worked in more than 20 countries in all parts of the world, advising state and private language institutions on all aspects of school management.
For the last ten years, he has been a full time freelance writer with his wife Anna, producing more than 160 published books in ELT. Although he and Anna have worked for all the major publishers, all recent works have been for Garnet Education.
Terry is the series editor of the English for Specific Academic Purposes series for Garnet Education, which aims to prepare students to entry into a particular faculty for English-medium tertiary education. The series won the ESU award in 2009.
"... 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