Julie Pratten

About the Author

After teaching both business and general English in 20 countries or more, including Brazil, Germany, Lithuania and Paraguay, I entered the world of finance via the Czech Republic, where I was sent as the materials writer for a British Know-How Fund project at the Czech National Bank. After attending several Barclays Bank crash courses to get to grips with the financial terms used in international banking, I developed a series of Banking English courses covering a range of financial topics from Foreign Exchange Operations to International Trade Finance. Since then I have written several business and finance related books, including the old favourite ‘Banking English’. More recently I wrote ‘Absolute Financial English’ – the main coursebook for the Cambridge ESOL ‘International Certificate in Financial English’, which is the finance sector’s new benchmark qualification. In the early days of my financial English teaching, bankers and financial experts only really wanted to learn some specialist terms related to their own field of finance. They are now expected to possess a high degree of competence in all language skills – as well as being able to perform in meetings and presentations.

Nowadays I live in Turkey, with my husband, two cats, one dog, chickens and geese. Although I live in a rural setting – just a stone’s throw away from the sea, I provide language consultancy for a number of banks and financial institutions and deliver courses at the Banks Association of Turkey and the Central Bank of the Republic of Turkey. Since 2005 I have also been the CFBT’s editor, which involves checking all its regular publications, including the Annual Report and key speeches of the Governor.

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Julie's Recent Blog Posts

  • Financial Fridays with Julie Pratten – Creditworthiness

    Welcome to Financial Fridays, your bi-weekly helping of buzz words and hot topics from the world of banking and finance, plus some ideas for activities that can be used as warmers or fillers or full-blown lessons. This week’s feature is creditworthiness and we will be taking a look at what makes banks and clients creditworthy. [...]

  • Financial Fridays with Julie Pratten – Bailout

    Welcome to Financial Fridays, your usual helping of buzz words and ideas for Banking & Financial English activities you can use as warmers, fillers or full-blown lessons. This week’s Financial Friday feature covers bailout, another topic which continues to ignite heated debate almost a decade after the financial crisis emerged. If you have any requests [...]

  • Financial Fridays with Julie Pratten – Accountability

    Welcome to Financial Fridays, the first of a series of posts on Banking and Financial English.  I am Julie Pratten, author of Absolute Banking English and Absolute Financial English, and I will be providing you with a bi-weekly helping of buzz words, some hot topics in the world of banking and finance as well as ideas for [...]

  • ICFE Reading Part 5

    Some of you out there may be wondering why the blog has been a bit quiet recently. Tis the season of holidays and as the resident blogger I am afraid I forgot this minor detail when I volunteered to do it back in the spring. This month I hope to make it up to you. [...]

  • Dead Cat Bounce

    Hello and welcome to the ICFE blog. Over the next two months, we’ll be looking at various aspects of preparing students for the ICFE. But before we do that, let’s take a look at how the financial crisis has affected not only the funds of investors, businesses and countries, but has made our language even [...]