Dietetics: Building vocabulary for OET

Watch this video where Jo guides you through the world of dietetics and how to learn vocabulary useful of the OET exam.

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0:00 – 0:40 – Intro
0:40 – 1:26 – What dietetics involves?
1:26 – 2:04 – Dietetics in OET
2:04 – 2:23 – Activity 1
2:23 – 2:39 – Answer 1
2:39 – 3:05 – Activity 2
3:05 – 3:57 – Answer 2
3:57 – 4:14 – OET Listening A
4:14 – 4:31 – Activity 3
4:31 – 4:42 – Answer 3
4:42 – 5:44 – Relevant information for dietirians
5:44 – 6:25 – Top Tips
6:25 – 6:55 – What new word did you learn today?
6:55 – 7:55 – Bloopers


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Dietetics is a specialized field that involves the study of food and nutrition in relation to health and disease. As a healthcare professional in this field, it is crucial to have a strong grasp of the English language to effectively communicate with patients and colleagues. The Occupational English Test (OET) is a language proficiency test designed specifically for healthcare professionals, including dietitians.

To succeed in the OET, it is essential to build a strong vocabulary that is specific to the field of dietetics. This includes terms related to nutrition, food science, and medical conditions that affect diet and nutrition. For example, a dietitian must know the difference between macro and micronutrients, understand the role of enzymes in digestion, and be able to explain the effects of dietary fiber on cholesterol levels.

In addition to technical terminology, a dietitian must also be able to communicate effectively with patients and other healthcare professionals. This requires a broad vocabulary that includes words and phrases related to patient care, counseling, and communication. For example, a dietitian may need to explain a patient’s dietary restrictions in simple terms, or use motivational interviewing techniques to encourage healthy eating habits.

To build a strong vocabulary for the OET, dietitians can use a variety of resources, including textbooks, medical journals, and online resources. It is also helpful to practice using new vocabulary in context, such as through role-playing exercises or mock patient consultations. By building a strong vocabulary in dietetics, healthcare professionals can ensure that they are able to effectively communicate with patients and colleagues, and succeed on the OET.


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