Museum Of Knowledge, Learn a Language in University blog, 29122017

Benefits of learning a language with a University, @MOKKnowledge guide

With so many options available to learn a language, the Museum of Knowledge explores the benefits of developing this key skill via traditional Universities.

Face-to-face- The majority of language learning course programmes in Universities are face-to-face. Some students may prefer this type of learning and the opportunity to engage in regular dialogues with a teacher, participate in live sessions and ask questions whilst they learn.

Group classes Classes within Universities normally consist of 15-20 students at a time. This factor alone may present another supportive element for students learning a language who can exchange ideas in classes with fellow students who have reached the same level of language competency as them.

Additional teacher support- As part of the student’s tuition fees within Universities, students can access professors on an appointment basis after class time for additional support. Any work completed such as assignments receives additional support including grading on a regular basis so that students can track their progress.

Accreditation- Universities are able to offer students accreditation via Honours degrees, a recognizable qualification that can be used to assist in their progression in the world of work.


There are clearly advantages for those who wish to learn a language via a formal University education and/or undertake online courses via language institutions such as the Museum of Knowledge. Both routes can generate excellent results for students. With all language learning programmes, it is important to embrace various resources so that a holistic understanding of the language is attained.

Museum Of Knowledge blog, Fluent in English 22122017

Museum of Knowledge tips: How to become fluent in English

Museum of Knowledge students often ask us how they can become fluent in English. Are there any special tricks they can adopt to learn English more quickly than their counterparts? The truth is, becoming fluent in English requires a number of skills. Taking into consideration that learning a language requires a foundation of knowledge across four key disciplines, reading, writing, listening and speaking, students will need to factor this into their study timeline.

Reading– Depending on the student’s level, reading exercises can range from books, newspapers, magazines and website content. All of these disciplines can give students a comprehensive understanding of the English language, enable them to gain essential skills, grasp essential vocabulary and perfect sentence structure.

Writing- Many students who wish to learn English may find writing to be one of their biggest challenges. The key to writing good English is accuracy and grammar. Verb conjugation skills are also essential. It is much more difficult to hide a mistake when writing in English, and the best way to ensure that mistakes are not made is by taking regular spelling tests, understanding sentence construction, syntax and grammar.

Listening- Gaining good listening techniques is also critical for students who wish to become fluent in English. Of course there are many accents that students will have to be exposed to in order to really perfect their skills and be able to understand spoken English. Across the UK for example the South East, North East and North West have very distinct accents. Then of course, even wider than this we consider other accents found in the United States of America, Australia and New Zealand.

Speaking- To be truly fluent in English, being able to master verbal communication is imperative. Once again accents play a strong part in this and depending on where the student has been taught will affect the accent used when speaking. Developing strong verbal skills in English requires students to express themselves with subtle tones and pronunciation that identifies the English language.


Museum Of Knowledge blog, encourage learn a language 15122017

Which factors encourage people to learn a language?

There are many reasons why people to decide to learn a language and much depends on the objective and purpose of language learning. The Museum of Knowledge highlight some key pointers that may encourage the adoption of language skills.


For mandatory subjects in High School, having language skills is essential. Some schools and may require students to take one language as a core subject in the curriculum, others may require students take two languages. Learning a language broadens the mind and spirit and facilitates the effective communication between nations with differing cultures and languages. Most language course modules in schools cover both social and cultural studies combined with key language skills.

Business professionals

Developing new business leads and negotiating contracts across international frontiers is greatly simplified when all parties speak the same language. Some business professionals may feel that the language of business is English but the Museum of Knowledge would always encourage visitors to various countries around the world to learn the language of the indigenous people where the language is spoken. “When in Rome do as the Romans do!”

The Museum of Knowledge has developed a range of online language learning modules tailored to various industries including Hospitality, Travel and Leisure, Fashion, Business, Retail, Sales and Marketing and Technology, Telecommunications, Multimedia and Digital.

In all instances an important focus of the Museum of Knowledge language modules is not only the development of language skills but also our ability to ensure that language skills are directly related to specific industry sectors. This is one of the key advantages of the Museum of Knowledge. Business professionals can at last negotiate in various languages with their sector specialism in mind. Vocabulary and useful phrases are especially tailored to the industries that business professionals are specialists in.



Museum of Knowledge Essential skills, learn a language blog, 08122017

Essential skills students need to learn a language

Learning a language takes time and dedication and the Museum of Knowledge team would suggest that any student who wishes to embark on the journey of language learning bears this in mind.

Of course, some students may have a natural instinct for languages but the key determinant factors that ensure language learners reach high levels of competency are openness to new language learning techniques and the ability to practice on a regular basis. Other skills that are a recipe for success include;



Listening skills

Understanding grammar

Spelling skills

Writing skills

Punctuation skills

Pronunciation skills

Accentuation skills


Once a language learner is aware of the key skills they need to perfect, learning a language, meeting expectations will become more realistic. Regular practice through dedication will enable language learners reach their full potential and communicate effectively across international frontiers.