Journal article

A comparative discourse study of simulated clinical roleplays in two assessment contexts: Validating a specific-purpose language test

Robyn Woodward-Kron, Catherine Elder

LANGUAGE TESTING | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate from a discourse analytic perspective task authenticity in the speaking component of the Occupational English Test (OET), an English language screening test for clinicians designed to reflect the language demands of health professional–patient communication. The study compares the OET speaking sub-test roleplay performances of 12 doctors who were successful OET candidates with practice Objective Structured Clinical Examination (OSCE) roleplay performances of 12 international medical graduates (IMGs) preparing for the Australian Medical Council clinical examination. The premise for the comparison is that the OSCE roleplays can represent communication pr..

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