Posted on 25 January 2012
Access UK, developed by the University of York, is a video-based, interactive language programme that prepares international students for the whole range of situations they may face in the UK: a visit to the doctor, sorting out visa problems, disputes with flatmates, personal safety in a UK city... essential input for a smooth transition to campus life.
The programme focuses on language and guidance, with a particular emphasis on the spoken skills and vocabulary needed for practical and social situations. Challenges such as making friends, walking home late at night or dealing with a theft, are illustrated in a series of video scenes. Filmed in and around a UK university, the course gives learners access to authentic English and genuine situations, and the opportunity to bring this to life through active viewing.
The programme covers the areas most relevant to international students:
Make Access UK available pre-departure so that students arrive with a solid grounding of the skills they need, or post-arrival to help them settle in and prepare for their course. The programme comes in two versions: