Language training organization
. The company
was started by Mr. Maximilian D. Berlitz in 1878 when he founded the first Berlitz school
, Rhode Island
. Currently Berlitz is owned by a Japanese publishing company
The company comprises several branches: language instruction, translation
, cross-cultural training
, and publishing. The language instruction
part involves more than 400 language schools, including 80 in the U.S.A.
The Berlitz method
training is a conversational method
. Students learn by listening, repeating and speaking, similar to the acquisition of the first language by children. The goal is to enable the student to use the new language in real-life situations, rather than to teach grammar and theory. The methodology aims to be fast, effective and fun.