Introduction to the language of tax
What you'll learn
- Learn or review fundamental vocabulary/terminology related to tax
- Learn or review most important collocations related to tax
- Learn or review most important prepositions related to tax
- Practice and perfect listening, reading and comprehension skills based on videos and readings that discuss relevant tax issues
- at least low-intermediate level in English
Do you find yourself stuck when reading a legal text on tax law due to the language used? Are you confused or feel lost when listening to native English speakers discuss a tax issue due to the complexity of the terminology?
This course is intended for anyone either studying or working in some capacity in the field of tax law (and particularly for non-native English speakers). It introduces students (or provides a good review for those already with some knowledge) to key vocabulary, concepts, collocations and prepositions in the area of tax law. It can also be a good introduction to the world of tax law for those with no background in that field whatsoever.
The focus of the course is on key terminology, collocations, prepositions and reading/listening comprehension based on current global tax issues. By the end of the course, you should have the basics of the language of tax law to be able to understand and communicate with others smoothly and accurately.
You will learn key terminology related to both personal taxation; corporate taxation; VAT or GST terminology; audit terminology, etc. You will perfect your reading comprehension skills based on a VAT related reading based on the UK Tax Code. Similarly, you will also perfect your listening / video comprehension skills based on two videos dealing with current global controversial tax issues: the first one relating to Amazon's corporate taxation issues and the second related to Apple's corporate taxation battle with the European Union.
This mini course is not intended to go in-depth into any of the above mentioned tax related areas and issues, but rather, provide you with the very basics to be able to speak, read and understand content related to basic tax.
The approach is rather practical with an introductory session of approx. 80 minutes accompanied by a pdf script of everything said in the video along with key exercises in order to put the theory into practice. All the materials mentioned in the video are attached as resources in each of the 5 Lectures.
Feel also free to leave your comments and thoughts related to the tax issues raised in the course, particularly in the two video comprehension excercises on the course forum.
Who this course is for:
- The course is intended for both business and legal professionals as well as university or college students seeking to expand or check their knowledge in the area of basic tax
I am a lawyer licensed to practice law in Canada, with nearly 10 years of experience in preparation, review and finalization of all types of legal and financial documentation. From 2003 until 2009 I worked in the above mentioned capacity at one of Canada’s oldest and well established law offices, Green and Spiegel, L.L.P. For the following 6 years I owned and managed my own full-service law practice.
I am currently living in Madrid where, for the past 8 years, I have been teaching Legal, Finance and Fiscal English (Ingles Juridico/Financiero/Fiscal) and preparing/reviewing legal translations. My clients include or included a number of private educational institutions such as IE, CUNEF, C.U. Villanueva, the offices of important law firms such as Ontier Espana, Cuatrecasas, Kennedys, Mavens, Dentons and legal departments of large companies such as Bankinter and El Corte Ingles.
My courses are both face-to-face and online, often tailor-made as per the specifications and needs of each law firm or educational institution where I teach, focusing on commercial law (the language of contracts, business formation, corporations, mergers & acquisitions, real estate, etc.), litigation, criminal, tort and practical skills areas such as the language of emailing, negotiating, etc.
I also develop all-original course materials, including video-based exercises dealing with key legal terminology, collocations and prepositions related to latest legal news from around the world that usually make up not only for interesting content but also spark debate in class.