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OET Speaking: The Pre-Active-Practice Plan

We all know that the best way to become more fluent, confident and to sound more natural in speaking foreign languages as well as in your native language, is through engaging yourself in conversations . It is the only natural way to develop the feel about how to react, how to reply, what to say, to listen and to answer without any delay. The same applies to the OET speaking setting - interaction and one-on-one conversations are the key to good OET speaking performance. However, effective and efficient OET speaking practice also depends on something else -a comprehensive plan which will always aim to activate reading and listening, too. Why do we need that?

Speaking means producing language. In order to be able to produce language we first need to expose ourselves to language similar to the one we are looking to improve.. In that sense, the above mentioned plan for your OET speaking practice, should revolve around proper exposure to relevant content and creating a set of strategies to boost active use of it, before you start the actual interaction. What does that mean? You need to equip yourself with the right expressions, words and phrases and then use them to articulate your ideas more successfully.

Here are a few ideas on how to prepare yourself for the actual speaking practice and make it more effective.

  • You should first identify your target language. That could be either the language used in the OET interviews in general, or specific challenging areas you wish to improve. It could be frequently used vocabulary over all, it could be collocations, structure, grammar whichever part you want to polish up- you and your teacher will define that together.

  • Based on the areas you want to improve, next comes deciding on sources of relevant content- what to read or listen to and where to find it. This decision should be made together with your teacher, and it should be based on prior assessment and careful observation of your performance. But to give you the idea, medical platforms, very often those discussing conditions, symptoms and treatment options in a very simple layperson language, will be the perfect place to go to and start creating your target vocab.

  • Active use of the newly acquired language. Once you've created the useful vocabulary list, going through different OET role-play cards (a set provided by your teacher) you will identify common conditions and aspects the OET role-pay cards usually discuss. After that, you can simply group vocabulary based on which issues it is typically used for (treatment, diagnostic procedures, conditions, symptoms...) and reach for the right expressions whenever you need them.

So, next time you try to explain the importance of early treatment for diabetes to a patient, instead of using clumsy sentences or a lot of time to get the idea across, you can simply utter the model sentences: "Some people don't find out they have it until they get problems from long-term damage caused by the disease", and what's more, you can save it and use the same sentence whenever you come across a similar topic.

Good luck!

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