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English for Health Professionals (OET Preparation)

CRICOS Code: 080626C

Intakes: Every Monday

Course Length: 1–52 weeks

There is no minimum or standard course length.   Please contact us for a 1-4 week intensive course.

Campus: Melbourne

Hours: 20 hours per week (Monday to Friday)

Delivery: Face-to-Face

Age: 18 years +

  • International Students

  • Local Students

Online Endorsement:

Melbourne Language Centre has been recognised as an Endorsed Online Centre by NEAS–the peak ELICOS accreditation body in Australia. This distinction means that you can be assured of the high quality standards of our online courses.

For those of you who are currently in your home country, there is no need to delay your studies. You can study ELICOS now with the confidence that you will be able to commence your Australian pathway courses sooner.

Online delivery is also available to students who are in Australia and unable to attend face-to-face classes in Melbourne due to COVID-19 government restrictions.  However, once these restrictions are lifted, student visa holders will be required to return to face-to-face learning in accordance with the requirements of the Department of Home Affairs.

MLC is a Premium Preparation Provider (PPP).  What does it mean?

As an endorsed Premium Preparation Provider, we have successfully completed an OET teaching skills programme and have shown expertise in quality materials construction and curriculum planning. All our teachers have also completed specific lessons as part of the OET programme and successfully demonstrated a thorough understanding of the OET test structure, assessment criteria, and teaching skills.

MLC as an OET Premium Preparation Provider will offer courses with specific entry-level requirements and course length that provide you with the required language level and skills to reach your targeted OET score.

You can view of the introduction video on our course on the OET official Facebook page.

Course Overview:

This course is designed to help your prepare for the language and communication skills needed in a variety of clinical contexts.

The test components include:

  • Patient Led Dialogues
  • Hospital Announcements
  • Referral Letters
  • Discharge Letters
  • Medical Conferences
  • Professional-Patient Consultations
  • Journals
  • Hospital Staff Briefings.

The course focuses on improving your language skills (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) as well as sub-skills (Pronunciation, Vocabulary, Grammar, Writing conventions, and Punctuation) in your particular professional situations and increasing your chances of passing the Occupational English Test (OET).

While practice tests are of benefit, they are not sufficient on their own to prepare you for the exam; therefore, the course also:

  • Recreates an exam room environment to help you adjust to a test setting
  • Helps students prepare for a medical workplace in Australia
  • Teaches exam skills and tips for each of the four OET exams
  • Provides feedback and individual training plan from a trained OET teacher
  • Runs regular Speaking and Writing workshops
  • Offers plenty of practice materials

The full course is offered to: Doctors, Nurses, Dentists, Pharmacists and Physiotherapists. 

A course is also offered to Occupational Therapists, Radiographers and Veterinarians which consists of a full reading and listening course and a limited writing and speaking course. We don’t have materials for speaking and writing skills for Dieticians, Speech Pathologists, Podiatrists, and Optometrists.  Please contact us for further details.

This course is on CRICOS which means students can get CoE (Confirmation of Enrolment) and study OET for a longer period of time to not only practice for OET exam but also improve your communication and language skills in clinical contexts and your professional field. The length of time you can study this course depends on your profession. For more information, please contact us.

Only limited time to prepare?:

Are you among many other OET candidates who:

  •  have a limited time to prepare for OET?
  •  look for OET last minute preparation?
  •  have tried the test before and failed one or more of the skills?
  • have never taken the test but have a fairly advanced proficiency level?
  • are during their main course semester break and want to get OET out of the way?

Then, this course can still help you prepare for all four components of the exam (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking) and improve your performance under test conditions within 1 to 4 weeks.

For more information please contact us.


Time Monday Tuesday
10:00-11:00 Introduction* /
11:00-12:00 Writing workshop
12:00-12:30 Break Time
12:30-13:30 Listening Part A Listening
Part B
13:30-14:30 Reading Part A Reading Part B
Time Wednesday Thursday
10:00-11:00 Grammar and punctuation workshop /
12:00-12:30  Break Time
12:30-13:30 Listening Part C (1st ) Listening Part C (2nd)
13:30-14:30 Reading Part C (1st ) Reading Part C (2nd)
Time Friday
10:00-11:00 Writing
12:00-12:30 Break Time
12:30-13:30 Vocabulary and expression workshop
/ Speaking

(effective 22/06/2020 until further notice)

*Every two weeks, the Thursday class will be replaced by ‘OET mock tests’ in writing, listening and reading, and the Friday class that week is the speaking test, followed by a post-test discussion and feedback session.



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A consistent IELTS band of 5.5 (Academic) is recommended as a minimum entry requirement for this course. If you are unsure of your English level, please contact us for consultation.  Melbourne Language Centre also offers a free placement test at our City campus every Monday. Bookings are essential, contact us for more information.

School Dates:

At MLC, classes are run continuously throughout the year – the school is open every day except Saturday, Sunday and public holidays and does not close for term or school holidays.


 View fee list here.   Contact us for details of ‘Special Offers”.   Limited time only.

How to Apply:

Find the course(s) that meet your interests and needs and follow these steps.


Is the course run and taught by a teacher who is experienced in OET teaching?

All our OET teachers have extensive experience in teaching OET and have successfully completed all the lesson modules in the process of obtaining Premium Preparation Endorsement.

Are the practice materials used in the class of high quality?

Our materials are upgraded on a regular basis.  None of these materials are currently available from other places. As a Premium Preparation Provider, we have demonstrated high levels of quality in material creation and curriculum planning, approved by the OET Centre.

Does Melbourne Language Centre prepare your for the updated OET test?

Yes.  As one of the oldest running OET providers, MLC will prepare OET candidates for the updated OET test which started in September 2018 and ensures that you will practice all the components of the test based on the test modernization.

What are the benefits of this course over online courses?

Preparing for exams can be a challenging process and at times daunting. Classroom learning helps students and teachers know each other in a better manner. This allows teachers to know you and evaluate your strengths and weaknesses better, act as mentors, and better guide you in your preparation for the test.

Online classrooms usually offer pre-set materials for all their users (one size fits all!), which are not generally differentiated based on the particular needs of the students. Also, constantly doing practice tests is not the best way to pass OET. Feedback on your answers and resolving problems with language skills or test strategy is also necessary to actually improve your scores. Without feedback or troubleshooting, you are only reinforcing the problems you have rather than fixing them. Sometimes it’s difficult for online courses to provide the sufficient feedback students need.

We are able to provide both one-on-one and group feedback for students in our classes. We also teach methods where you can troubleshoot your own work and each other’s work.

Is the course structured in a way that maximises learning?

We run our course in a way that gives you sufficient time between lessons to reflect and learn. We also teach self-study methods which you can employ between classes. Some courses are generally structured in a ‘cram course’ style, which is not the recommended way to study for OET. When you cram, you are memorising information you can recite later. However, OET is a skill test, not a knowledge test. For a skill test, high volume study over a short period of time can have a negative effect on results.

What’s the school’s involvement with the OET?

MLC is among the very few Language Centres that are endorsed as Premium Preparation Providers by the OET Centre. Our OET team attend the OET forum which is held annually by the official OET Centre and keep themselves appraised as to the latest updates about the test.

Is it cost effective to take the course rather than just do self-study?

Some students feel they can study at home by themselves rather than attend a preparation course as this will save them money. The fact that many test materials are available online at a cheaper rate further suggests self-study could be a better option.

Many of these online materials are out of date, which can cause more harm than good to a student’s performance. In addition, simply doing endless practice tests will not help improve your level in a significant way, as feedback is needed on WHY mistakes are being made, rather than what mistakes are being made. Without assistance in this area, improvement is hard to attain.   MLC provides personalised feedback on writing and speaking tests. We can also look at reading and listening tests to find out what patterns are occurring in mistakes.

Does the school offer courses for single skills?

Our course prepares you for all four language skills (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) as well as sub-skills (pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar, and writing conventions).

My IELTS band scores are lower than 5.5, can I still take the course?

It is not generally realistic for you whose current proficiency level is lower than 5.5 in IELTS (lower than upper-intermediate level) to be able to pass the test by only completing a short period of OET preparation course. Therefore, you may need to spend more money and time on repeating courses and resitting the exam over and over again. We recommend that these students sit our academic English course to improve their English language skills and then sit the OET preparation course to increase your chances of passing the test.

Who recognizes OET?

The OET is now accepted by many organizations and countries as a proof of English proficiency for overseas-trained doctors for registration purposes. Also, The Department of Homes Affairs recognises OET for various visa categories including student visas (For more details, please visit here.).

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