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