This is a program we offer for overseas professionals and international students in medical-related fields seeking registration in Australia, particularly doctors, nurses, dentists and pharmacists.
It is tailor-made for nurses and doctors who need to achieve the desired level (A or B) in the Occupational English Test (OET). In our experience the OET is easier to pass than IELTS.
This course improves reading, listening and writing skills related to medical and nursing practices. It teaches OET candidates how to communicate effectively with patients as part of their assessment. We use theories of applied linguistics and audio back-feed technology to aid rapid English learning.
The course offers up to 12 hours per week of intensive accelerated learning. Class size is kept small to about 6 students to ensure personalized learning and teaching strategies.
Changes to both the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (RSMS) and the Skilled Select Scheme that came into effect on 1 July 2012 have created the immediate need for such an intensive course to help International Students studying or seeking to study nursing, medicine or any of the 12 medical related occupations; who want to achieve registration in their medical related profession or who hope to gain permanent residence in Australia.
People in these medical occupations will need to pass the OET test with a minimum grade of B for Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening (in a single sitting) to qualify for RSMS or to earn 10 points for Independent Skilled Migration at the time of lodging their Expression of Interest (EOI).
International Students and overseas qualified professionals in the medical related professions such as doctors and nurses who wish to enter a course in Australia or obtain Australian registration must also pass the OET test at the prescribed level of B for reading, writing, speaking and listening.
We use a very different teaching method from other language colleges offering OET courses. Our main trainer has extensive knowledge of clinical practice and medical terminology as well as holding post-graduate qualifications (Applied Linguistics) in teaching English as a Second Language. We are proud of the results that our students achieve each month with success rates of between 60 - 80% in the OET exam. It should be noted here that each month only the top 20% of all OET candidates can receive a B or A grading.
In the most recent exam on 13 September 2014, eight out of ten of our students achieved 4Bs or higher in the exam. Our top student in this exam, a pharmacist, achieved 3As and one B. There were also 2 doctors and 5 nurses in this group who passed the exam. None of our students (including those who did not pass) achieved a grading below a C in that exam. By way of comparison, a C grading (equivalent to 6.0 -6.5 in IELTS) is considered a good level of performance although not acceptable by most medical registration bodies. B grading (equivalent to 7.0 – 7.5 in IELTS) means a high level of performance while an A grading (equivalent to 8.0 – 9.0 in IELTS) means a very high level of performance.
Our class sizes are limited to 6 students ensuring each student has close interaction with the trainer. Usually the groups are around 4-6 students.
Each student will be closely monitored to identify the exact areas where they need help and intensive coaching may be provided in an area where they are particularly weak in.
We use theories of Applied Linguistics to analyse each student’s speech and writing pattern so that timely feedback and coaching can be given.
We also use our own unique Audio Back-Feed technology to help students adjust pronunciation and accents in real time leading to permanent changes and improvement. So effective is our coaching that we have former students who have already passed the OET exam coming back for further individual coaching on speaking development.