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The occupational english test dec 2013

  1. 1. The Occupational English Test: medical English testing By Virginia Allum
  2. 2. Why test medical English? • Compulsory in some countries for registration as a healthcare professional • Useful as proof of language competence • Healthcare professionals must be safe practitioners – language proficiency is part of this
  3. 3. What tests are available? • IELTS – but not specific to medical environment • CELBAN – for nurses wanting to register in Canada • sTANDEM - Standardised Language System for Medical Purposes ( doctors, nurses, pharmacists) • OET – Occupational English Test for healthcare professionals wanting to register in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore
  4. 4. OET – what is it? • Medical English testing of reading, writing, listening and speaking • Covers 12 healthcare professions • Used as a benchmark to prove language proficiency for registration as a healthcare professional
  5. 5. Professions covered • Dentistry • Pharmacy • Dietetics • Physiotherapy • Medicine • Podiatry • Nursing • Radiography • Occupational Therapy • Speech Pathology • Optometry • Veterinary Science
  6. 6. What is the reading test like? • The reading test is the same for all professions • may cover any topic relating to the 12 professions • reading texts may include graphs or tables • may contain medical terminology
  7. 7. Preparing for the reading test • Practise locating key words in each paragraph. • Websites like BBC Health, ABC Health, MedlinePlus and have texts on health topics – use them to scan for key words. • Review medical terminology including prefixes and suffixes
  8. 8. The listening test • The listening test is the same for all the professions. • There are two parts: part A is a dialogue, part B is a lecture style text. • Whilst the listening is only heard once, it is paused after each section to allow candidates to write
  9. 9. Preparing for the listening test • Practise listening for key words – the speaker may pause a little or emphasise the key words when speaking. • Use websites such as ABC Radio National Health Matters – listen first then check the transcript. • Check pronunciation of medical terms – they may be different from your language
  10. 10. The speaking test • Consists of two role plays – each professional has a slightly different type of role play but • All role plays practise communication skills • Each role play presents approx. four examples of communication strategies e.g. explaining, reassuring, advising.
  11. 11. Format of the speaking test • A two-minute introduction – the interlocutor gets to know the candidate briefly and checks ID. • Two 5 minute role plays – a variety of health topics. • Most role plays have two issues which are connected in some way.
  12. 12. Preparing for the speaking test • Role plays follow a basic conversation structure – introduction, discussion of topic and rounding up of the conversation. • Prepare and practise phrases of basic communication strategies e.g. asking open questions. • Review everyday language for medical terms
  13. 13. What is the writing task? • Each profession has a specific task – usually a letter. • Stimulus material is provided (no underlining or note taking allowed) – only relevant details to be used. • The letter must be set out correctly and be clearly written and well organised.
  14. 14. Prepare for the writing task • Practise of handwriting essential – writing must be legible • Review abbreviations of medical terms e.g. ECG, sats. • Practise a standard layout of letter – identify the parts which do not change and which can be used each time. • Review how to set out the address, salutation and ending
  15. 15. Other things to consider • Clear communication is the key – review common grammatical structures e.g. verbs + infinitives with ‘to’ and verbs + infinitives without ‘to’, gerunds, discourse markers. BUT CLEAR COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY