Accounting English


Our Accounting English course provides intense training on current and relevant Accounting topics. With around 30 hours of online learning, spread over ten modules, you cover accounting principles, business entities, financial statements, tax accounting, management accounting, investments, payroll and auditing.  You will develop and test your speaking, listening, reading and writing skills as well as finesse your grammar. Read below for full details of the course.

To get the most from this courses you need to ideally be B2 on the CEFR or level B on the CASAS scale. You should be able to listen and understand the main ideas of complex text and abstract topics, including technical discussion. You should be able to speak with a degree of fluency so you can interact with native speakers without any problems for either side. You should be able to write clearly on a wide range of subjects and give views on topical issues.

Your Course

By the end of this course on English for Accounting, you will:

  • Refine your technical speaking skills and pronunciation linked to advanced accounting terminology
  • Improve your listening skills as you hear to the correct use, content and pronunciation of highly technical accounting terminology and principles
  • Develop your reading of technical terms, documents and phraseology and complex mechanisms, instruments and metrics used in accounting
  • Finesse your business writing skills in a professional accounting environment
  • Improve your grammar to help construct and understand sentences

Throughout the course you will cover the following topics

  • Introduction and overview on accounting
  • Accounting principles
  • Financial statements and ratios
  • Tax accounting
  • Management accounting
  • Payroll accounting
  • Inventory accounting
  • Auditing
  • Investments

Prior knowledge

This course is for accounting students and professionals anywhere int he world. You ideally need to be an English speaker at CEFR level B2 or CAFAS level B. The better you can speak English, the more this technically complex subject will be easy. As you develop your career, there will be a constant requirement to not only refresh and update existing technical learning but also to develop new skills and ways of thinking and behaving.

Technical Skills

Whether you’re in production, distribution, sales, finance, human resources or management your technical skills will always need to keep up with the latest developments in technology and change. The learning for this will generally come from your peers, industry trends and specialised training.

New skills

However, as you move up in seniority through an organisation or become and entrepreneur, you will be faced with learning a much wider array of skills. You will need to learn how to be a generalist but with the ability to look at the whole of a business and how it all interlocks.

People Skills

Most importantly, you will need to master your own behaviours and character and emotional intelligence in order to influence, inspire and bring people along with your vision. Your career, personal and professional development should never stop, whether you are learning because of a company or professional body requirement or whether you are just wanting to grow.


The course includes:

  • 30 hours of on demand e-learning
  • Speech Training app to help refine your pronunciation
  • Vocabulary app to help with specific terminology
  • Three months unlimited access
  • Access from any platform or device anytime


Module Introduction to Accounting

  • Speaking: Explain a Chart of Accounts, accounting methods, asset and liability accounts, journals & ledgers, the cash method, single and double entry book-keeping.
  • Listening: Applying for an auditors and book-keeper’s job. Company services and values. Source documents.
  • Reading: Single and double entry systems. Cash and accrual accounting. Understanding the Chart of Accounts.
  • Writing: Matching parts of source documents. Single and double entry systems.
  • Grammar: Present Simple. Present Continuous. Tag Questions. Pronouns. Imperatives.
  • Module test

Module Two: Business Entities and Accounting Principles

  • Speaking: Explain accounting principles. Cause and effect. The conservatism, consistency, continuity, cost, matching and realisation prinicples.
  • Listening: Compare a partnership with a corporation. Record and match revenues and expenses. Set up a business entity.
  • Reading: Setting up a sole proprietorship, partnership and corporation. Prinicples of consistency and conservatism. Recognising revenues and expenses.
  • Writing: Writing meeting summaries. Testing accouting principles.
  • Grammar: Past Simple. Past continuous. Pronouns. Adverbs. Adjectives.
  • Module test

Module Three: Financial Statements and Ratios

  • Speaking: Shareholder equity and creative accounting. Financial ratios. Notes to financial statements.
  • Listening: Accelerated income and excessive write-offs. Channel stuffing. Balance sheet, assets and liabilities.
  • Reading: P&L statement. Introduction to financial ratios.
  • Writing: Using financial ratios to write an analysis. Matching footnoes to financial statements.
  • Grammar: Future conditionals. Relative causes.
  • Module test

Module Four: Tax Accounting

  • Speaking: Depreciation methods. US corporate taxes – income, VAT and sales tax.
  • Listening: Tax planning, capital gains and losses. Accelerated and straight line depreciation.
  • Reading: Types of tax systems. Depreciation methods. FAQs on capital gains. Completing corporate tax returns.
  • Writing: Features of corporate taxation. Explaining capital gains.
  • Grammar: Present Perfect continuous. Present Perfect Simple. Past simple. Tag Questions.
  • Module test

Module Five: Managing a Business

  • Speaking: Explain line-item budgeting. Costing systems. Calculation of cost per unit. Chapter 7 & 11 Bankruptcy.
  • Listening: Budgeting. Bankruptcy procedures. Five year forecasts.
  • Reading: The perfect budget. Forecasting for success. Bankruptcy.
  • Writing: Explaining the costing process. Forecasting income and expenses.
  • Grammar: Modals and semi modals.
  • Module test

Module Six: Management Accounting

  • Speaking: Defining management accounting and its role. Asset management and utilisation. Debt structure and funded debt. Working capital.
  • Listening: Strategies for guaranteeing payment. Cash flow control amidst uncertainty. Cash conversion cycle.
  • Reading: Cash is King article. Using credit management tools.
  • Writing: cash flow management. Managing working capital.
  • Grammar: Passive
  • Module test

Module Seven: Payroll Regulations in the US

  • Speaking: Explaining FICA and giving information about employee compensation and payroll regulations in the US.
  • Listening: Maintaining payroll records and expenses.
  • Reading: US labour laws. Employee compensation and benefits.
  • Writing: A letter about payroll deductions and labour laws.
  • Grammar: Nouns. Gerunds. Infinitives.
  • Module test

Module Eight: Inventory Accounting

  • Speaking: Inventory costing and average cost methods. The lower of cost ormarket rule. Specific costing methods.
  • Listening: Tracking inventory transactions. Comparing perpetual and periodid inventory.
  • Reading: Inventory systems and costing methods. Lower of cost or market rule.
  • Writing: Explaining perpetual inventory.
  • Grammar: Reported Speech.
  • Module test

Module Nine: Auditors

  • Speaking: Explaining audit options and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act. Discussing auditor bias and advocacy and how to prevent it.
  • Listening: Giving a client information about GAAP and IFRS.
  • Reading: Protecting the public against fraud. Auditor objectivity. Audit reports.
  • Writing: An auditor engagement letter. Audit reports.
  • Grammar: Present Simple. Present and Past Continuous. Present Perfect. Past Simple. Future. Modals and Semi-modals. Nouns. Conditionals.
  • Module test

Module Ten: Investments

  • Speaking: Reviewing a client’s business plan. Give advice on foreign investments and managing risk. Advising on exports and internationalising.
  • Listening: Risks involved in cross border acquisitions. Comparing global and international funds.
  • Reading: Overseas acquisitions. Globalisation. Preparing a business plan.
  • Writing: Cover letters for an export business plan. Financial highlights and an Executive Summary.
  • Grammar: Adjectives. Words of Sequence.
  • Module test

How can we help?

Are you an organisation, institution or tutor looking for a comprehensive learning solution for you and your teams and students? We have a portfolio of general and specialised English language and business short courses that are available online and on-demand as well as for a blended solution in the classroom environment or delivered via live webinar based tuition.

These ready to go courses cover all key areas of adult professional English language learning as well as a catalog of short courses covering finance & operations, sales & marketing, human resources to administration and management. As well as hard skills that range from elementary to advanced, there is an array of people and soft skill development.

Our e-learning is comprehensive, up to date and produced by a high quality learning and editorial team. It combines the latest in business thinking with the latest in learning technology. Learning can be delivered wholly online through self-study, with virtual tutor support or in a group & classroom environment by our qualified trainers.

  • All online learning is tracked and courses can be used as part of a personal development plan
  • Learners can study out of hours or in breaks with bite-size learning
  • Get management reports on learner progress
  • Cost efficiently solve any training, compliance, insurance, regulatory or union requirements
  • Choose and pay for only the courses you need or look at our library models for even greater value
  • No lock-in contracts – pay monthly or get a highly competitive price for annual and multi-year commitments
  • No big installations necessary – a simple web browser is all that’s needed to get started
  • New courses being added all the time

If you want to know more, get in touch with Connor, Marius, Stephen or Adam  for more information.

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