Why should you read aloud to improve your OET speaking?

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I want to tell you about one of my students, a nurse from a non-English speaking country in Eastern Europe. The big difficulties she had was that she couldn’t practice her English on a day-to-day basis. Can you relate to this?
If you’re in a native English-speaking country like the UK, you can get into a conversation easily with people around you. Thus improve your speaking quickly.
However, although it is great to practice your speaking with a native speaker. Most likely they will not try to correct your grammar while you are talking to them. As we know, this is one of the things you really need in order to improve.
If you ask native speakers ‘is there anything that I need to do to improve my speaking’? They will just say ‘oh, your English is perfect. You don’t make any mistakes.’ What they are really doing is just being polite and kind to you and they don’t want to upset you. Does this sound familiar?
So, since the only opportunity that my Eastern European student had to practice her English was during our Swoosh English classes and speaking mock exams. She decided to read articles aloud from beginning to end in her free time.
What I mean by reading out loud is to read any book/reading material. And actually read it by saying the words so that other people could potentially hear you. You can use good ones such as: British Medical Journal, Australian Medical Journal, BBC Health and ABC newsletter. By doing this, you’re exercising your mouth movements that you perform when speaking English. You can develop a consistent habit of those movements by doing them daily. And they will help you to internalize them in your mind. Make sure you implement this technique and do it every day even if it’s just one to two articles a day. It shouldn’t just be past examination papers like reading texts that you’re reading aloud, it should be all kinds of texts. Not only medical texts, but also texts from fiction books such as Harry Potter – even if it has is nothing to do with medicine. Simply read anything in English aloud that you can get access to. You have to train those facial muscles before you will start to see improvements.
The best, quickest and most effective scenario is always to get an OET teacher if you can whilst you do this technique on a day to day basis.
Go to www.swooshenglish.com to see how our UK OET teachers can help you.
When practicing pronunciation, you can use your friend ‘Google’ if you think you mistakenly pronounced a word. Just type in any word and listen to how it is pronounced. Also, since this is for your OET Speaking exam. Include in your practice vocabulary like: discharge, transfer, referral, empathy and reassure for example. Practice over and over and repeat those words out loud. Again, do all these and don’t mind if your family is in the next room and laughs at you because they will be celebrating with you once you pass with a grade B.
I would recommend that you read an article aloud three times per day for emphasis. And you will hear improvements each time you do this.
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The OET Interlocutor is There To Help You


Our VIP students took their OET examinations just over a week ago. I’m so eager to find out how they did in their examination. I want all my students to achieve their ambitions of passing this exam and starting their careers in the UK. That’s why I always post in our Facebook group: how did you do? How did you address the exam questions? Was it challenging for you? Do you think you got your four B’s? Of course, they will have to wait three weeks for their examination results to come through. We are waiting patiently.
Today, I want to focus on the OET speaking role play. If you came to our Facebook live session where we had Maureen, who’s an ex-OET speaking interlocutor. You would have learned a huge amount from her. To have an ex-OET speaking interlocutor – someone who’s been there, seen it and done it in real life, is helpful.
Anyway, when I looked through a lot of Facebook groups and read through lots of YouTube video messages. I found that some doctors and nurses were a little bit upset when they finished their OET speaking examination. They mentioned that they thought the OET interlocutor wasn’t helping them. And they felt that the interlocutors were trying to take marks away from them even though they are not examiners. They think that they’re against them. Like a medical professional against the interlocutor. It’s not like a fight. Keep in mind that they are there to help you. They are part of your team and they are part of your grade B team. And they’re trying to steer you in the right direction the whole way through. They’re not there to make your performance worse. They are not lowering your chances to get B. They don’t get on a Skype call with other examiners and have a big laugh about how you fail. There is a lot of gossip and rumours about that amongst students doing both OET and IELTS. It couldn’t be further from the truth. We’ve got two ex-OET speaking interlocutors working here at Swoosh. And it’s incredibly valuable for our VIP students. They’re taking advantage of that in our programmes. If you want to hear more about that, you can go to www.swooshenglish.com.
Anyway, as much as possible you should be looking to complete all the bullet points that are on the role play card. In a lot of cases, the interlocutor will try and steer you in that direction. You might have missed out a bullet point so they’re there to help you every step of the way. They also want you to give your best performance. They want you to display that English language ability that you have to get that grade B.
There might be some prompts from them, perhaps, on their side trying to tease that information out of you. Also, if you experience an interlocutor who’s angry, frustrated, worried, and upset. Always remember that they are just playing a role given to them. So, if the interlocutor is angry, that’s not the interlocutor’s personal feelings. That is the character that was provided to them on the role play card. You just have to play along. You and the interlocutor have to be like an actor or actress. I guarantee you will get a lot of these scenarios when you start your career in the UK. You’ve got a patient who’s angry, frustrated or upset etc.
So, you have to know how to take them on that journey from worried to relieved, or angry to calm.
In conclusion, remember that the interlocutor is on your side because they’re on your team. Remember that the interlocutor is trying to help you as much as possible. They are not the ones examining you. And they are trying to tease the English language out of you. Make sure that you give your very best performance because you only have five minutes for each role play so make the time count!
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OET Role Play For Nurses & Doctors: Do I Have To Do The Tasks In The Exact Order?

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Today, I want you to picture yourself in your OET speaking examination. We all know that it’s the last exam that you have of the four sections and it is usually done in the afternoon. You sit there and you are looking at your OET role play card that you’ve been provided.

Also, remember that you get two role plays that you have to complete. For example, maybe you’re a doctor and you’ve got five bullet points on that role play card. Perhaps, you may have taken this exam already and you may be able to picture this very well because it’s in recent memory.

The OET Speaking Role Play For Nurses & Doctors

As you’re asking the questions to the interlocutor upon playing the role of the patient, you’re questioning yourself whether it’ll be natural to go through every single bullet point from the first to the fifth accordingly and how you can make the dialogue as natural as possible.

A lot of doctors and nurses and other medical professionals doing OET think they have to go in the exact order that the bullet points are listed. Frankly speaking, you don’t need to do that! It would be very strange if, for example, you took 10 different OET Speaking Exams in 10 different testing centers (UK, Dubai, India, Australia, etc.) and all the interlocutors answered the exact same way. Each role play would go down completely different channels and avenues since the interlocutors in those exam centers can give you different answers. So, if you answer the speaking exam exactly according to the provided bullet points, it would become unnatural. Therefore, you don’t need to follow it in the exact order listed.

Don’t be a robot!

You might, for instance, address the first two bullet points but then you miss out the third and fourth. You could just continue to the fifth and sixth questions. Although each bullet point tells you what to do such as: what the symptoms are, what to advise, reassure and recommend to the patient, you can just go back to the skipped questions later on. Those verbs are just doing words that are needed to be done as part of the examination. If you feel like you need to skip one, that’s absolutely fine. Just go back to it later on.

You don’t have to formulate your way out and be a robot because you’re an exam candidate. You have to reenact what a medical professional would do in that scenario in an English-speaking hospital.

Feedback is important

In fact, the consultations in the hospital don’t go in the same way every time as every patient is different. So that’s my quick tip for you today: you don’t have to follow the bullet points in the exact order because they’ll change according to the answers given to you by the interlocutor. If you’re just starting out on your journey with OET speaking, I highly recommend finding a native English speaking OET teacher to help you. If you can’t do that, then, at least, get a speaking study partner. This will help you because you can’t speak to the wall with the wall replying back to you. It’s good to keep practicing those scenarios but the best situation is to get a feedback as well.

I hope this article on OET speaking was helpful to you. If you have any questions, make sure you put them in the message box below and we’d be happy to help you.
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