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Berlitz, Maximilian Delphinius

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Born: 1852 AD
Died: 1921 AD, at 69 years of age.

Nationality: American
Categories: Educators

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1852 - Born in Württemberg, Germany. American-German-born language educator.

         - Maximilian Delphinius Berlitz, the founder of the Berlitz Schools.

1872 - Berlitz came to Rhode Island where he worked for a while as a private language teacher in Westerly before accepting a permanent position as a teacher of French and German at the Warner Polytechnical College in Providence.

1878 - Founded the Berlitz Language Schools in Providence, Rhode Island.

         - The institute wasn't doing very well, Berlitz purchased it from its owner, becoming not only the director but also the only teacher.

1880 - The success Berlitz achieved with his new method encouraged him to open up a second language school in Boston.

         - He not only taught but managed to set his ideas down in writing, developing them into a systematic method which he then presented at the World's Fair in Paris.

         - Berlitz traveled extensively and received many honors and distinctions from countries all over the world.

1921 - He remained an active language instructor until his death on April 6th, in New York City.

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