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.

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Julie's Recent Blog Posts

  • Financial Fridays with Julie Pratten on Ethical Banking

    Welcome to Financial Fridays, your bi-weekly helping of hot topics from the world of banking and finance; ideas for activities that can be used as warmers, fillers or full-blown lessons. This week’s feature is ethical banking.  If you have any requests or questions about any particular aspect of banking and finance, we would love to [...]

  • Financial Fridays – Meet Julie Pratten at IATEFL!

    My next Financial Fridays post will be live this Friday 10th April to coincide with IATEFL 2015 in Manchester! I will also be attending IATEFL and will be on the Delta / NGL Cengage stands 9-10 on Sunday lunchtime between 13:00 and 14:20 if you would like to pop by and ask me any questions [...]

  • Financial Fridays with Julie Pratten – Stress Testing for Banks

    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, fillers or full-blown lessons. This week’s feature is on Stress Testing for Banks. In the aftermath of a series of crises, new methods have [...]

  • 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 [...]