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ERIC Number: EJ926435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
English Proficiency Tests and Communication Skills Training for Overseas-Qualified Health Professionals in Australia and New Zealand
Wette, Rosemary
Language Assessment Quarterly, v8 n2 p200-210 2011
This commentary reviews recent literature on a number of problematic issues arising from the use of English proficiency tests by registration bodies as the sole assessment of the professional communication skills of overseas qualified health professionals from non-English-speaking backgrounds. It discusses differences between the assessment decisions of language specialists and those of medical communication specialists and the difficulties that many overseas qualified health professionals who have met the English requirements report experiencing as they endeavour to acquire professional communicative competence. It proposes that language specialists and medical communication specialists collaborate in the diagnostic assessment of overseas health professionals' language and communication needs and in the provision of appropriate courses of instruction. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; New Zealand