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.

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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.



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If English is your native tongue, which foreign language should you learn?

Museum of Knowledge language tutees are often asked if there is a specific language they must learn if their native tongue is for example English. Maybe there is an easier language to learn or a quicker way to learn a language? Are there any short cuts? English natives who wish to learn a language other than English, may feel some languages are easier to learn than others. Alternatively an English-speaking language learner may prefer to choose an alternative language to learn that meets their social needs. If an English speaker travels regularly to a country for holidays or for business, they can of course decide to learn that language over and above any other consideration.

The question of which language to learn in terms of simplicity may be determined as Latin languages including Italian, French and Spanish however any language learner will need to commit the time and effort towards learning a language. If a potential language learner decides to draw up a shortlist, the best way a language learner can choose between one language and another is to make a choice according to how often and to what extent they are most likely to use the language as well as the purpose for the language use (business or social).

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How to speak English without translating from your native tongue

One of the key issues and barriers some students face when they decide to learn a language is thinking in their native tongue instead of the target language, in this case, English. The Museum of Knowledge employs various immersion techniques that aim to prevent language learners from adopting bad habits.

If a language learner is constantly thinking in Chinese for example, translating from Chinese to English in their head before speaking or writing in English, then the language learner is not truly adopting the correct techniques. It is true to say that in order to speak English, one must think in English. It is also helpful that to speak Chinese, one must be thinking in Chinese as Chinese is the target language.

The ability to think in English is related to language exposure. The more a student is exposed to a language, the greater the awareness of phrases and vocabulary and therefore the ability to express these thoughts without thinking in the native tongue. Immersion techniques offered at the Museum of Knowledge enable students to gain high levels of exposure to the language they are learning. These include vocabulary and terminology exercises as well as games.

The greater the level of practice the student undertakes, the greater the exposure and therefore the less need a student will have to consistently think in another language when the reality is their goal is to speak English.