Minimum age: 25
Average age: 40
Maximum class size: 1 to 4 (depending on course)
25 hours (60 minutes) per week, plus 5-10 hours self-access
Options for an extra 5 hours
Start any Monday
Minimum 1 week
All levels for 1:1 classes. Group classes above level A2
The course is designed to develop the communicative competence and performance of banking staff in their dealings with both clients and other bankers in an international context. It is also intended to enable them to use standard banking terminology with appropriateness of linguistic context and style.
As well as formal classroom teaching to learn English, study activities include role-play, case studies and simulations, video and audio recorded simulations
The focus of the course is on practical & effective business English for professionals and communication skills may include:
• Meetings and Teleconferencing
• Making Presentations
• Dealing with Numerical Data
• Socialising and Networking
• E-mail, Letter and Report Writing
• Cross-cultural awareness
Specific Lexical Content
Subject to needs analysis of the participant’s requirements, the course may include vocabulary extension in the following areas:
• Company Structure
• Branches of Banking: Consumer, Merchant, Investment
• Trade – Import/Export & Payment in International Trade
• Banking Institutions
• Bank Performance
• Central Banks
• International Banking
• Off-shore Banking
• Banking in Developing Countries
• Banking and Ethics
• Influence on Banking Standards
• Banking Governance.
Special emphasis is placed on the relevant vocabulary, register and grammatical structures that are used in this field and the client is given the opportunity to practise using the language that he or she has acquired by means of seminars, group sessions and communicative practice activities.
Duration / Timetable / Programme
Course duration can be for between 1 and 4+ weeks (2 weeks is the average). The programme is highly intensive and includes 25 contact hours plus 5 to 10 self-access study hours plus 7.5 hours social English over optional teacher accompanied lunch per week plus optional evening social activities (such as restaurants, guided tours, live music, cultural events). We would recommend that most students do a combination course: 1:1 in the morning, giving the students the opportunity to not only study English but work on individual and specialised needs necessary for professional communication; mini group of maximum 4 people the afternoon, focusing on professional communication in an international context with students of different nationalities and cultures.
8:30 - 9:15 Optional guided self-study.
9:15 - 10:30 Period 1 with Morning Tutor (1:1)
10:30 - 10:45 Morning Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:00 Period 2 with Morning Tutor (1:1)
12:00 - 13:15 Lunch with teacher/s and fellow students (optional)
13:15 - 14:30 Period 3 with Afternoon Tutor (mini-group – max 4 participants)
14:30 - 14:45 Afternoon Coffee Break
14:45 - 16:00 Period 4 with Afternoon Tutor (mini-group – max 4 participants)
16:00 - 17:30 Optional Self-Access Study
Evening Social Activity Programme (optional)
An Executive language stay will maximise your exposure to native speakers while learning about the culture in England, and provides an opportunity to network and build long-term friendships. They offer high levels of comfort and convenience; most of our homestays are current or retired professionals, academics or senior business managers, often with considerable international experience
LSI/IH Portsmouth’s Executive Social Programme and its tutor accompanied lunch system, provides opportunities to practise social English, enhance intercultural awareness and network with professionals from all over the world and with all levels of English; a great preparation for real-life work situations. The optional evening social programme is full and varied and may include visits to restaurants, pubs, live music venues, theatres, cinemas, museums and many sporting activities including tennis, football and golf.