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The Matt Christie Institute of Australia

"striving for academic excellence"

English Foundation Course

Course Description

The MCIOA foundation program is a pre-course with proven success in preparing students for the English for health professional’s course at the Matt Christie Institute of Australia or another *education provider*. As a Foundation student, you’ll develop your academic English skills to the level expected of MCIOA students, while studying topics that prepare you for your future course.


Our supportive learning environments, dedicated educators, student services staff, librarian and others will guide you each step of the way, helping you to achieve your academic potential.

Students will study reading, writing, speaking and listening skills on a daily basis.


This program was designed in consultation with the Australian health care sector to meet the growing needs of overseas qualified health professionals.


MCIOA Accreditation:

The CPD Group accredited the Matt Christie Institute of Australia in November 2017 for its learning activities, events and e-learning courses across various sectors.

Who is the English for Health Professional Certificate suitable for?

· Overseas qualified health professionals

· Undergrad graduates from health-related degrees

· Direct entry to the MCIOA Certificate of English for health professionals

· Those seeking to improve English communication foundation skills in health

· Health professionals seeking career progression

· Those who work in an English-speaking environment & need to further develop their English skills


Course Content:

Subject 1: Introduction to the Australian health care sector

Subject code: MCAH

Subject description: Students gain a working knowledge of the Australian health care sector and an understanding of the different types of health care organisations in Australia.

  • Private health care settings
  • Public health care settings
  • Department of health state and federal

  • Common health care problems in Australia


Subject 2: Meeting patients

Subject code: MCMP

Subject description: During this subject students learn and develop skills for appropriately meet and greet of patients.

  • Medical specialists 
  • Verbal cues
  • Self-introductions
  • Yes and no questions 


Subject 3: Interacting with patients

Subject code: MCIP

Subject description: Students will learn and establish skills of appropriateness with patient interaction.

  • Filling out forms, terms of address
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Greetings
  • Small talk and follow up questions
  • Comprehension checks
  • Refusals
  • Intonation questions 
  • Pronunciation with names


Subject 4: Young patients

Subject code: MCYP

Subject description: As a student you will learn the skills of how to deal with younger patients in all different types of health care settings.

  • Age appropriate words and phrases
  • Invented words or euphemisms
  • Distracting someone
  • Stress in adjective
  • Noun pairs


Subject 5: Talking with family members

Subject code: MCTF

Subject description: Learn the skills of how to deal with family members of patients in any context.

  • Words for family
  • Emotions
  • Rephrasing language
  • Making excuses
  • Non-verbal communication
  • Visiting hours and small talk topics
  • Verb endings
  • Sentence stress


Subject 6: Communicating with colleagues

Subject code: MCCC

Subject description: Communicating is the key to success in any place you work and throughout this subject we expose you to every facet of communication.

  • words related to work,
  • acronyms,
  • words about serious illness or injury
  • and idioms associated with understanding and not understanding
  • Referring to others
  • Requesting and giving help
  • Thank you and your welcome
  • Clarification requests for meaning
  • Using the telephone
  • Repetition requests
  • Agreeing
  • Responding
  • Apologising
  • sh and ch sounds
  • th, ph and gh sounds
  • stress in numbers
  • intonation to show surprise


Subject 7: Maintaining a patient record

Subject code: MCPR

Subject description: Students learn the administration skills from start to finish of a basic administration stream of a health care setting.

  • Abbreviations
  • ADL checklists
  • Work duties
  • Frequency of duties
  • Confirmation checks
  • Soliciting information
  • Double checking information
  • Drawing conclusion
  • Clarification requests
  • Summarising 
  • Listening to instructions
  • Telling a story
  • Abbreviations and numbers 
  • Primary sentence stress
  • Moving the primary stress
  • Past tense endings


Subject 8: Knowing healthcare settings and locations 

Subject code: MCSL

Subject description: Throughout this subject students will familiarise themselves with the major health care settings in Melbourne CBD and within a 25km radius of Melbourne CBD. Students will become familiar with the offerings of each of these health care settings.

  • Locations within in a healthcare setting
  • Prepositions
  • Adverbs of place
  • Word partnerships
  • Emergency code
  • Describing the functions and locations
  • Making comparisons
  • Asking for and giving directions
  • Giving longer or more complex directions
  • Giving warnings
  • Reporting and accident or an event
  • Responding
  • Following phone conversations
  • Compound nouns
  • Two-word nouns
  • Rhythm
  • Reduced speech verbs


Subject 9: Caring for patients 

Subject code: MCCP

Subject description: As a student you will learn the communitive skills involved in the care of a patient and the effectiveness of your spoken language with simulated patients.

  • Common injuries and related words
  • Personal hygiene
  • Common medication
  • Body parts
  • Symptoms and remedies
  • Angry or violent behaviour
  • Near death and death idioms
  • Checking for understanding
  • Giving instructions
  • Offering help
  • Stating intentions
  • Discussing options
  • Giving advice
  • Correcting someone
  • Interrupting
  • Gestures
  • Dealing with complaints
  • Disagreeing
  • Avoiding the issue
  • Expressing condolences
  • Contrastive stress
  • Can vs can’t
  • Linking consonant to consonant
  • Intonation to choose questions
  • Linking consonant to vowel
  • Trimming the letter h
  • Contractions 


Our Fees:

Tuition Inclusions: $300 per week Lectures and accredited certificate of completion

Admissions, service and materials fee: $200 Student workbooks, handouts, Wi-Fi and use of library

MCIOA provides complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits for all students


Duration: 10- 52 Weeks   


Course Delivery Modes:

Students will participate in lectures, tutorials, one on one assessment and a weekly progress test


Admissions Dates:

14 January 2019 (Term Break: 18 March- 29 March 2019)

1 April 2019 (Term Break: 10 June- 21 June 2019)

24 June 2019 (Term Break: 2 September- 13 September 2019)

16 September 2019 (Term Break: 25 November- 6 December 2019

9 December 2019 (Term Break: 2 March 2020- 13 March 2020)


Entry Requirements:

MCIOA diagnostic test or previous English language test results or English language course certificate from an accredited English school (ELICOS).