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in today's video we're going to look at
useful language for the speaking test,
we will look at common verbs used, how to pick
out the imperative verbs from the OET Role Card
and useful language for these functions. So, what
verbs are commonly used in the OET speaking test?
Let's look at some of the most common verbs you
would find on the OET Role Card. This is not an
exhaustive list but the verbs here are often
seen on your roleplay card and they will help
guide your interaction with the patient in
the roleplay. Find out, explain, for example
treatment or a procedure, empathise, reassure,
advise, encourage, persuade and reinforce.
So, when do we find these verbs on the role
card? Let's take a look at an example.
On this role card, the setting is A&E and a mother
has brought her child who has eczema and the
imperative verbs can be found at the start of each
bullet point in the task. So, you should focus on
the tasks on your card and underline or circle
these verbs, these are the actions that you need
to demonstrate in your roleplay using appropriate
language. So, how do you do this? Let's look at
some example language that you can use for the
verbs we just saw on the role play about eczema.
So, here are some functional phrases that you
can see in the speech bubbles and these can be
used in many different role plays, let's see them
in action in the case of the child with eczema.
The "find out" phrase is an ideal chance to ask
an open question at the start of your roleplay,
to establish what the mother already does for her
daughter's eczema. By asking a phrase such as,
could you tell me how you normally look after your
daughter's eczema? You open up the chance for the
parent to give you information which will help you
decide what to explain as the roleplay progresses.
The second function verb "explain", expects you
to clarify what the mother should do and why.
The verb "reinforce", expects that you will stress
what is important, sometimes it's something that
the patient or carer does not want to do, for
example here, the role card said that the mother
is anxious about the use of steroid creams and
refuses to use them, and finally "give advice"
would be your care instructions such as, it
would be a good idea if you could, you should, I
recommend. Check the strength of the verb as well,
is it a suggestion or something that is
essential and must be followed?
As this will determine the phrase
that you use. So for suggestions,
you might use phrases like these...
and to advise the patient, phrases like these...
and sometimes you need to be
more assertive and persuade
the patient or stress the importance of
something using phrases such as these...
It's a good idea to build up a bank of
functional phrases that you can use in
different OET role plays, think of useful
phrases for things such as empathising,
persuading or giving advice. How can you
do this? You can watch OET sample speaking
tests on OET Official YouTube channel note
down phrases that you can use for different
functions such as empathising or giving advice
and use a notebook or keep it digitally. Refer
to your notebook from time to time and try and
use different phrases for the same function to
increase your language flexibility, for example
showing empathy, you do not always need to use
"I understand this is difficult for you", but you
can also use "I can see that you are worried" or
"I know this won't be easy at first but..."
Let's look at that list of common verbs
from the beginning of the video, can you
think of some useful phrases for each one?
Here are a few ideas.
So, that brings us to our top tips: focus on the
imperative verbs during your preparation time,
learn suitable phrases for each verb so
you have a range of functional language
to choose from and practice your phrases
regularly. So, thanks for watching if you
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