Berlitz being the world’s largest training centre on language learning with an experience of above 130 years. The wide expansion of this organization across 75 countries over the globe can make it possible to learn any language in any country. For instance one can learn Arabic in Singapore too ! The reason for this success of training people in millions around the world as many as 52 languages since the establishment in 1878 is the successful method called the Berlitz Method.
It starts with all the natural talk as anyone does it on their first meet with a stranger. Slowly, with the inputs of vocabulary and grammar by the native speaking instructors the output of learning the target language is achieved. This technique and the supportive materials are the result of continuous research and development of the instruction methodology and guidance. Also, various programs are introduced in learning language through this method like face to face and even online or virtual.
The core attributes of the Berlitz method are four in number. They are targeting the target language, participating actively, real conversations and grammar. All the four play a vital role in achieving this method and gain accurate results of learning language and speaking confidently such that one is always ready to face the changing and demanding needs globally and professionally. The detailed process on how each attribute contributes to this method is as follows.
* Targeting the target language – The belief of this Berlitz method starts with talking only in the targeted language. If supposedly one is registered to learn Arabic in Singapore, instructor do not translate in English or mandarin or any other language that student knows. All the conversation, teaching and guiding takes place only in Arabic (target language) from the starting. Even if the student is a beginner or advanced learner, one has to complete all the sessions only in the target language.
* Participating Actively – Every student is required to participate dynamically and actively in all the sessions in target language with the sessions being mostly conversational. This method gives a constructive feedback on learning, relaxed and encouraging atmosphere. All which can place in to boost the confidence of standing to speak up the language.
* Real conversations – As the method of approach is practical so is the process to deal it is. Students were placed with real time scenarios in which they were pushed out of the comfort zone in using the target language to avoid difficulty of translation. Instructor always guides through the target language so that a step is taken to learn it easily. Because to learn to speak is absolutely an oral phenomenon.
* Grammar – Grammar is the base to usage of vocabulary aptly and in the right situations. This helps to create strength in learning the target language. The building block process allows the student to receive proper points and tips from the instructor which are the fundamentals in learning a language.