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News & Events

01.11.2021
From 2nd until 5th November 2021 the language courses will not take place. Our offices are open and can be contacted by phone or by email.

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10:00 - 12:30 and 15:30 - 18:30 
Wednesday: 8.00 - 15.00 
Friday: 10:00 - 12:30 

info@alphabeta.it
0471-978600
0473-210650
26.11.2021: Training Day
25.10.2021
26.11.2021: Training Day
This autumn, our Training Day will once again provide the opportunity for a (virtual) exchange of views through workshops, webinars and debates on a variety of topics connected with language teaching and learning, participating in and reflecting on our teaching practice here at alpha beta piccadilly. "Interlanguage / Interlingua” is the main theme that will inform our training sessions and that is why we are already looking forward to welcoming Prof. Gabrielle Pallotti, a proven expert on the subject of Interlanguage, who will give us his take on this interesting topic and its implications for teaching and learning.
 
Please refer to our event announcement for details.
Quality management: short observations
22.10.2021
Quality management: short observations

In the week from 25th to 29th October 2021 the Heads of Studies of all languages will be doing short observations in all courses. We will try to be as unobtrusive as possible so as not to disturb the lessons and we thank you for your understanding.

The aim of the Course observations is to monitor the overall quality of the teaching we provide.

Learning by doing for adults!
01.10.2021
Learning by doing for adults!
Combine whatever you like doing with a language you want to learn – that’s the concept behind our ‘Learning by doing’ meetings. Add to that some nice people in your group and that makes learning all the more fun! You can discover your artistic talent and improve your Russian skills in our sessions of “Russian & Painting”.


Russian & Painting
Dates: 5 fridays, as from 12nd November 2021 on
Time: 6.00 - 7.30 pm
Venue: alpha beta piccadilly Bozen/Bolzano
Cost: € 29,00


There are many ways of learning languages….. try out an unusual, entertaining but effective way! For more information contact the secretaries’ office in Bolzano/Bozen 0471 978600 or at info@alphabeta.it.





 
Learning before and after the course
27.09.2021
Learning before and after the course
At alpha beta piccadilly we firmly believe that learning doesn't start at the classroom door and doesn't end there either. We therefore offer our students and others who may be interested a whole range of opportunities for autonomous learning: from Tandem to the Language Café, an online English course and the Self Access Centre.

You can also improve your speaking skills at the Language Café. Like at a real café, people sit together and talk to each other in a relaxed atmosphere. The difference is that each table is dedicated to a different language, with a moderator present to break the ice. This relaxed meeting takes place in Bolzano/Bozen and Merano/Meran several times a month.
 
The Self Access Centre at alpha beta piccadilly in Bolzano/Bozen is equipped with a wide range of multimedia learning resources, which can be used to improve your language skills in combination with a language course or independently. Our tutors are available to give individual advice.
 
The Macmillan Online Campus (MEC) offers over 5000 listening, reading, grammar and vocabulary exercises. You can also work on your pronunciation, play language games and when necessary consult a monolingual dictionary. Our tutors will first evaluate your level then provide you with a specific online course. In case of problems or questions you can always contact your tutor, who monitors your progress in the background.
 
Has your curiosity been aroused? Then get your skates on and give it a try! Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, for exam preparation, as a complement to a group course or just by yourself: all you need is a bit of self-discipline!
 
Learn a language in Tandem
13.09.2021
Learn a language in Tandem
Tandem brings together two speakers of different languages who wish to learn the language of the other. The Tandem advisers at alpha beta piccadilly will find you a suitable partner and support you in planning and setting up your learning partnership. Instead of attending a regular course, Tandem partners decide when and how often to meet and what topics to talk about.
Language learning in Tandem is the ideal solution for people who do not have the time to attend a regular language course or don’t feel comfortable speaking in large groups. Here they have the opportunity to practice the language with native speakers in real situations.

Office hours:
Meran/o: Mondays from 4.30 pm to 6 pm
Bolzano/Bozen: Mondays from 4 pm to 7 pm

Watch our short film here to see what else alpha beta piccadilly has to offer you for autonomous learning.

MacMillan English Campus
Self Study German Course (livello A1 e A2)
Self Access Center

 
Learning a language online
09.09.2021
Learning a language online
How do online courses work at alpha beta piccadilly? What sort of activities can you do? What about the atmosphere in the group? Our video will give you a taster of what an online session may look like!
 
​Hygiene procedures for lessons in the classroom
06.09.2021
​Hygiene procedures for lessons in the classroom
Distances, masks, disinfection and disinfectant…take a look at this video in which you’ll find all the hygiene procedures to follow in our in-school courses.
01.09.2021
International Literacy Day
08.09.2020
International Literacy Day
Those who are unable to read and write are often excluded from society. This is especially true for refugees who, without literacy skills, find it extremely difficult to gain a foothold in our society. Maybe in their home countries they had little or no opportunity to attend school. Whatever the reason, what we see is that in the 20 to 30 literacy courses in German and Italian that we organise annually in South Tyrol, the majority of participants are refugees.

The lessons in these courses are not limited to teaching the basic skills of reading and writing. Our teachers also take the participants to the post office, to a clinic or to the registry office, to name but a few. Specially trained literacy teachers work together in teams to prepare teaching materials adapted to the needs of their individual groups, accompanying their students through the four stages of literacy that we have defined.

Our literacy courses are free of charge, with the next ones starting in the autumn. For further information on enrolments and a simple entrance test, see here.
alpha beta piccadilly is ISO 9001:2015 certified
29.06.2020
alpha beta piccadilly is ISO 9001:2015 certified
Having received certification for the nineth time, the largest language school in Alto Adige/South Tyrol confirms its high standards of efficiency, service and quality. 
 
The strengths of our cooperative are:
 
·         Significant commitment and presence of the management in all company processes
·         Competence and commitment of the RGQ and of the people interviewed
·         Attention focused on the customer to always provide a quality service
·         Training of teaching staff

A heartfelt thanks to all our staff who implement these high quality standards in their daily work without which there would be no quality certificate.
alpha beta does it again
17.02.2020
alpha beta does it again
alpha beta piccadilly was inspected by Eaquals in November 2019 and met the high standards required for Eaquals accreditation. The teaching, the course programmes, as well as the course organisation, the learning resources, testing and evaluation were all judged to be of high quality. It was found that the institution takes great care to protect the welfare of its clients and staff, and all publicity materials produced by the institution are accurate and truthful.

The Inspectors identified points of excellence in the following categories:
  • Teaching
  • Learning Environment
  • Course Design and Supporting Systems
  • Academic Resscources
  • Client Services
  • Quality Assurance
  • Staff Profile and Development
  • Internal Communications
  • Management and Administration
Learning before and after the course
24.01.2020
Learning before and after the course
At alpha beta piccadilly we firmly believe that learning doesn't start at the classroom door and doesn't end there either. We therefore offer our students and others who may be interested a whole range of opportunities for autonomous learning: from Tandem to the Language Café, an online English course and the Self Access Centre.

Tandem brings together two speakers of different languages who wish to learn the language of the other. The Tandem advisers at alpha beta piccadilly will find you a suitable partner and support you in planning and setting up your learning partnership. Instead of attending a regular course, Tandem partners decide when and how often to meet and what topics to talk about.
 
You can also improve your speaking skills at the Language Café. Like at a real café, people sit together and talk to each other in a relaxed atmosphere. The difference is that each table is dedicated to a different language, with a moderator present to break the ice. This relaxed meeting takes place in Bolzano/Bozen and Merano/Meran several times a month.
 
The Self Access Centre at alpha beta piccadilly in Bolzano/Bozen is equipped with a wide range of multimedia learning resources, which can be used to improve your language skills in combination with a language course or independently. Our tutors are available to give individual advice.
 
The Macmillan Online Campus (MEC) offers over 5000 listening, reading, grammar and vocabulary exercises. You can also work on your pronunciation, play language games and when necessary consult a monolingual dictionary. Our tutors will first evaluate your level then provide you with a specific online course. In case of problems or questions you can always contact your tutor, who monitors your progress in the background.
 
Has your curiosity been aroused? Then get your skates on and give it a try! Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, for exam preparation, as a complement to a group course or just by yourself: all you need is a bit of self-discipline!
 
Honouring someone who really deserves it!
20.02.2018
Honouring someone who really deserves it!

Over the last 30 years Aldo Mazza has made a name for himself encouraging the two South Tyrolean language groups to live together rather than just to coexist and for this he has been decorated by the Province of Tyrol. 100 years after the region was divided following the First World War, the award of the decoration to Aldo Mazza, a native of southern Italy, has a special significance. He came to South Tyrol some 50 years ago and with the founding of the Alpha & Beta Cooperative created an organisation that has always aimed at promoting intercultural communication and multilingualism. Today the cooperative runs both a language school and a publishing house. Really living together is an art, with language skills being only the first step along this path. Aldo Mazza's decades-long endeavours to achieve this have received official recognition with this decoration of the Province of Tyrol.

 

New Academic Year
03.10.2016
New Academic Year
"Living Multilingualism - between normality and challenge" was the introductory paper at this year's conference to inaugurate the new academic year for the alpha beta piccadilly team last Friday.

In addition to listening to Georg Stoumbos' presentation,  it was a good opportunity for us to celebrate the end summer and toast the new academic year, while interacting with colleagues from across South Tyrol in a relaxed atmosphere.
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