Discover Benelux, Issue 63, March 2019

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Discover Benelux  |  Top Flemish Education  |  Building a Bright Future!

The revolutionary Berlitz method was introduced in 1878.

Becoming a global citizen TEXT: EVA MENGER  |  PHOTOS: BERLITZ DATA BANK

How can global communication be improved? That is the question underpinning Berlitz Language School, an institution that has its roots in the United States, but now exists all over the world. With over 500 language centres spread across 70 different countries, it is the ideal place for people to become global citizens. It was 1878 when Maximilian D. Berlitz introduced the revolutionary Berlitz Method in the United States. Centred on providing an immersive experience with native teachers, whilst also focussing on oral communication, this innovative way of learning has forever changed the world of language education. In helping to build 40  |  Issue 63  |  March 2019

the confidence of new language speakers, it has become the foundation for effective global communication. When Maximilian D. Berlitz introduced the revolutionary Berlitz Method® in the USA, he changed the way language was taught forever. Based on providing an immersive experience with native teachers and focusing on oral communication, the Berlitz Method® is capable of accelerating learning and building the key foundation for effective communication – learners’ self-confidence.

Various formats “What makes us unique is our ability to offer education in all kinds of formats,”

explains managing director Serge Langerock. At Berlitz, language courses can be taken in almost any way, shape or form, from sitting in a traditional classroom to having a telephone conversation one-on-one. The school wants to cater for people from all over the world, without any limitations. Students can completely tailor their courses to their lifestyle and personal interests. Those who travel a lot can opt for virtual classrooms, while those keen to explore new cultures can sign up for language-focused field trips. Ultimately, all these options can be integrated into a blended formula – held together by some hours of self-study.

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