“Even though I studied hard with an OET preparation provider and passed OET, I still have to keep learning English.”
– Shinu, OET candidate from India now working in an English-speaking setting
For healthcare professionals like Shinu, passing OET is just the first step in learning to communicate in an English-speaking environment. When it comes to understanding what patients are actually saying and how to interact with colleagues, that’s when the challenges can really start.
OET’s Living the Language guides are designed to help overseas healthcare professionals move beyond basic English to become competent communicators at work and at home. International nurses and doctors have contributed to the content, using their own experiences to provide advice and practical tips to help others.
What’s in the guides?
- Tips on handling common challenges such as speaking on the phone, written documentation and coping with regional accents
- Advice on workplace communication including the SBAR tool
- Guidance on patient communication focusing on person-centred care and active listening
- Help with settling into new multidisciplinary teams and different professional cultures
- Tips on everyday use of English in social settings