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Early bird discount

Early bird discount

Starting 30th September, alpha beta piccadilly launches its autumn season with a variety of in-person and online courses in German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, French, and English!
 
Secure your spot by taking advantage of our early booking discount!
(Registration and payment by 15th August 2024)
 
→ 15% discount for anyone who has attended a group course in the last 12 months
 
→ 5% discount for everyone else

 
To find the perfect course for you, we invite you to take our free, non-binding entrance test (if your last course was more than 12 months ago).
 
For detailed information about all our courses, visit our course finder or stop by our offices in Bolzano and Meran.
 
We look forward to welcoming you back to our courses.
 
info@alphabeta.it
0471 - 97 86 00
0473 - 21 05 60
Are you ready for school?
08.07.2024
Are you ready for school?
alpha beta piccadilly has a long tradition of language courses targeted at the different school stages and therefore at different age groups. Our courses apply the principles of learning through play, adapting as much as possible this to the ways through which children (younger and older) learn best. Using songs, games and storytelling the children are immersed in the language. Reading as well as writing is practised to reinforce vocabulary and grammar. The games are adapted to the age of the children.

The next GermanItalian and English courses specifically for primary, middle and upper school students begin in July and August. Fun lessons with games focusing on listening, reading and, of course, speaking!

Junior, Middle and High School Italian and English
​22.07. - 02.08.2024
19.08. - 30.08.2024 (9 - 12.30)

Junior, Middle and High School German
19.08. - 30.08.2024 (9 - 12.00)

info@alphabeta.it

All other information can be found in our coursefinder.
17.05.2024
Use the prettiest time of the year to learn a language! 

Intensive English, Italian and German courses - online & face-to-face
These courses are designed for you to make a big improvement in a short time. Master in just three weeks what is usually learned in three months. The recipe: two hours every day in either ItalianEnglish or German
 
Course Model: 15 x 120 minutes, Monday to Friday
Course Start Times: 1st July, 22nd July and 21st August

Superintensive German courses 
For those who want to do even more, we recommend the super-intensive German courses: every morning from 8.30 to 12.50 for three weeks.

Course Model: 15 x 225 minutes, Monday to Friday
Course Start Times: 1st July, 22nd July
 
German Exam Preparation Courses 
These courses prepare you for the officially recognised  language certificates in German -  telc B1telc B2 or Goethe C1. Practice and improve reading, listening, writing and speaking skills. Our experienced teachers will guide you and give you tips on how to do particular tasks successfully. You will also carry out a complete mock speaking exam.
 
Course Model: 15 x 120 minutes, 3x/week
Course Start Time: 19th August
 
Conversation Course: English or Italian
Do you want to keep using your English throughout the summer in a lighter and more entertaining way? In this once-a-week course you will not only have the opportunity to keep practicing your spoken English but also your listening and reading skills too. Using different media sources (videos, articles, podcasts, news items etc) participants will have interesting and motivating topics to discuss together with a variety of vocabulary. 
 
Course Model: 10 x 120 minutes, 1x/week
Duration: July - September
Summer programme for children and teenagers
06.05.2024
Summer programme for children and teenagers

What’s on offer in summer at alpha beta piccadilly?
- a wide range of language camps and courses in English, German or Italian throughout the summer
- languages + fun activities in authentic learning situations = Learning by doing
- qualified and experienced didactic teams with native-speaker language skills
- age-specific small groups
- all-day offers including lunch
 
More detailed information and all registration forms can be found in our detailed summer brochure or in the course finder.

For a personal consultation you can reach us by phone or e-mail:
0471/978600
0473/210650
info@alphabeta.it

We look forward to seeing you!

 

Cambridge English Exams: enrolments for March 2024
22.09.2023
Cambridge English Exams: enrolments for March 2024
Put your English skills to the test! alpha beta piccadilly is the official examination center for the prestigious Cambridge Assessment English in South Tyrol. The next A2, B1, B2, and C1 level exams will take place in March. You can take the exams directly at our centres. In our exam calendar, you will find all the information about exam dates, registration deadlines, and prices.
Cambridge Assessment English certificates are recognized as qualifications by more than 20,000 universities and employers worldwide. You can find all further information and registration forms hereWe also offer exam preparation courses for adults and children!
The Language Cafè is back!
18.09.2023
The Language Cafè is back!
People and cultures come together again at the Language Café where, in a friendly environment, you can converse in German, Italian, English, Spanish, and French. Choose a table with the language that interests you, and a native speaker moderator will help you break the ice...
 
The event is free, no reservation is required, just show up!
 
When? Every first and third Monday of the month from 6 pm to 8 pm.
Where? At Bar St. Josef, located at Franz-Innerhofer Str. 2/4 in Merano.
 
International Literacy Day 8th September
08.09.2023
International Literacy Day 8th September
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.
Learn a language in Tandem
04.09.2023
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.

Opening hours:
Meran/o: Mondays from 5 pm to 6 pm
Bolzano/Bozen: Tuesdays ​from 5 pm to 6 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

 
Spanish for holiday
19.04.2023
Spanish for holiday
Summer vacation already booked? Then it's time to brush up on your language skills! These course is for beginners who want to learn the essentials and prepare for typical holiday situations such as asking for directions, ordering in a restaurant or having short conversations. The focus is on spoken communication.

Español para las vacaciones
8 lessons, 2x/week
09.05. - 01.06.2023
18:00 - 19:40
Courses for children & youngsters during the school year
16.01.2023
Courses for children & youngsters during the school year
alpha beta piccadilly has a long tradition of language courses targeted at the different school stages and therefore at different age groups. During the school year, youngsters can improve their language skills in German, Italian and English in a fun way - but beware, this is not playing! On the contrary, the courses apply as much as possible the principles of learning through play to all exercises for vocabulary, reading and speaking, and grammar activities. This enables the youngsters to develop their learning strategies in a fun but productive way.
NEW: exam preparation for English from Cambridge Key (A2) to Advanced (C1).

The courses take place in the afternoon, online or face-to-face at our school in Bolzano/Bozen. 
Click here for more information and enrolment forms.
 
23th September 2022: Happy Birthday alpha beta piccadilly!
19.09.2022
23th September 2022: Happy Birthday alpha beta piccadilly!
Our offices in Merano/Meran and in Bolzano/Bozen are closed on 23th September 2022. The language courses will not take place.
Kinderfestival: We're there too!
02.09.2022
Kinderfestival: We're there too!
Also this year alpha beta piccadilly is part of the programme at the Kinderfestival. Our motto? Learn a language through playing!

We will be there Friday (6th September 2019) and Saturday (7th September 2019)!

This is what you can do:

Friday, 9th Septembre 2022

15:30 - 16:30 and  17:00 - 17:30   Storytelling (3-5 years) in Spanish
15:30 - 17:30   Facepainting in English and Latvian
16:00 - 17:00 e 17:30 - 18:30   Make a bracelet in Portoguese

Saturday, 10th September 2022
14:00 - 18:00   Facepainting in English and Latvian
14:30 - 17:30   Storytelling - Raccontare una storia per bambini dai 3 ai 5 anni in lingua spagnola
16:00 - 17:00 and 17:30 - 18:30  Make a bracelet in Portoguese
 
alpha beta piccadilly is ISO 9001:2015 certified
20.06.2022
alpha beta piccadilly is ISO 9001:2015 certified
alpha beta piccadilly is once again ISO 9001:2015 certified, with our high standards of efficiency, service and quality confirmed.
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.
Early bird discount
28.03.2022
Early bird discount

Don’t miss out on the discount! Enrol before the end of the day on April 1st to take advantage of the early booking discount for our summer camps! More detailed information and all registration forms can be found in our detailed summer brochure or in the course finder.

Why enrol your child in a language camp with alpha beta piccadilly?
- a wide range of language camps and courses in GermanItalian or English throughout the summer
- languages + fun activities in authentic learning situations = Learning by doing
- qualified and experienced didactic teams with native-speaker language skills
- age-specific small groups
- all-day offers including lunch


For a personal consultation you can reach us by phone or e-mail:
0471/978600
0473/210650
info@alphabeta.it

We look forward to seeing you!

 

03.04.2020
alpha beta piccadilly will be coming to you

A special offer for our language course that start on 20th April

 
alpha beta piccadilly will be coming right into your homes to do the next courses
Enrolments are now open!

Classes will be held online, in virtual classrooms, at a scheduled time (e.g. Monday & Wednesday, 5:50 pm to 7:50 pm) and all participants can actively take part from their homes: everything that normally happens in the classroom will also be possible digitally. All you need is a computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection. As soon as we get the go ahead the courses will move back into our normal classrooms.
 
As an act of solidarity for the coronavirus pandemic, the course price has been reduced by up to 40%.
 
Further information on our special offers can be found here
Detailed information on the ItalianGermanFrenchSpanishRussian and English courses can be found in our Coursefinder
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
Conversation course in French
27.09.2019
Conversation course in French
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!

For all those who want to have a chat in French about all topics under the sun – you are cordially invited to the ‘Bistrot français’. Every fortnight you have the opportunity to brush up your spoken French and to finish off another busy week over an aperitif.

Au bistrot français
Dates: 23 February – 20 April 2018, 5 evenings
Time: 6.30 – 8.00pm
Venue:  Bistrot 12, Sparkassenstraße/via Cassa di Risparmio, Bolzano/Bozen.
Cost:  €41,00

Contact us for further information on info@alphabeta.it or call 0471 978600.
Practise your French and Italian
16.09.2019
Practise your French and Italian
Have fun and take part in lively discussions, improving your oral competence in French or Italian? If this sounds like something you fancy, then join us for "Au bistrot français" or "Buongiorno"! We offer these conversation courses to activate, above all, your speaking skills.
 
Au bistrot français
All those of you who like the idea of exchanging your opinions in French about various stimulating topics are invited to take part in our “Bistrot français”. Here you have the opportunity to improve your spoken French and wind down on a Friday evening with an aperitif.
Dates: 5 evenings as from 11th Oct 2019
Times: 6.30-8.00pm, always on Fridays, every fortnight.
Where: Bistrot 12, Sparkassenstraße/via Cassa di Risparmio, Bolzano-Bozen
Cost: €41,00

Buongiorno! (only Meran/o)
All those of you who like the idea of exchanging your opinions in French about various stimulating topics are invited to take part in our “Bistrot français”. Here you have the opportunity to improve your spoken French and wind down on a Friday evening with an aperitif.
Dates: 15 mornings as from 4th Oct 2019
Times: 8.30 - 10.30am
Cost: €145,00

Contact our secretaries’ office in Bolzano/Bozen (0471-978600) or Meran/o (0473-210 650)or write an email to info@alphabeta.it.
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.

 

Italian in the office
16.01.2018
Italian in the office

Prepare yourself for office life in Italian! Whether it's emails, phone calls or meetings, this course uses practical learning activities such as  interactive roleplays to improve all your Italian language skills: speaking, listening and writing. You will also significantly increase your  knowledge of office related vocabulary. The next course starts on 21st February 2018 in Merano.

English & Cooking
20.10.2017
English & Cooking
Do you want to practise your English in a relaxed atmosphere? Do you like cooking? Then join our English and Cooking evenings, where you’ll improve your language level by discovering, preparing and tasting English and International dishes under the direction of one of our English teachers (who’s also a great cook!). You’ll then taste the prepared meals together in a pleasant atmosphere. Minimum level A2.
 
3 evenings: 8th, 15th and 22nd November
Always on Monday from 6 pm to 9:30 pm.
 
Learn a language while doing something you love!

 
English & Cooking
Dates: Wednesdays 8th, 15th and 22nd November - 3 evenings
Time: 6.00 - 9.30 pm
Where:  Kolpinghaus Bozen/Bolzano
Cost: € 58,00 (ingredients inclusive)
A different French course
20.09.2017
A different French course
So the idea here is to combine something you like doing anyway with a new language. That’s the idea behind our “Learning by doing” courses. Learning together with other nice people makes it even more fun!
 
During the course “Cuisiner en français” you will dip into the world of French cuisine in three evenings: you chop, cook, bake and at the end, taste the dishes all together. And, of course, all in French – bon appétit!  Minimum language level: A2
 
There are many ways to learn a language …….. why not try an unusual, effective and fun way?
 
More information in the secretaries’ office in Bozen/Bolzano 0471 978600 or info@alphabeta.it and www.alphabeta.it.
 
Cuisiner en français
Dates:  Mondays  2 October,  16 October,  23 October  2017 - 3 evenings
Time: 6.00-9.30 pm
Where:  Kolpinghaus Bozen/Bolzano
Cost: € 58,00
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.
​Can I help you?  - English in the tourism sector
14.09.2016
​Can I help you? - English in the tourism sector
alpha beta piccadilly has organised successful language courses in Val Gardena / Grödnertal for many years. The next courses start at the beginning of October.
 
In the course “English for hotel employees” you will learn useful vocabulary for working in restaurants and hotels, such as how to greet guests, explain the menu, talk about various spa services, etc. The necessary vocabulary will be consolidated through role plays. (Minimim level A2).
 
Ski instructors, mountain guides and ski lift operators can take the course “English for tourism” to improve their ability to talk to guests about skiing, climbing, moutains, weather and equipment. In this course you will practise typical situations through role plays. (Minimim level A2).
 
The placement tests will take place on 21 September from 17:00 to 19:00 at the Nëus Jëuni Gherdëina, Via Rezia Straße 102, Ortisei / St Ulrich. Further information is available here or in our secretaries’ office in Bolzano (Via Talvera / Talfergasse 1A, 0471 978600).
You couldn't miss us!
01.06.2016
You couldn't miss us!

Last weekend the Talvera promenade was filled with yellow alpha beta balloons as part of our participation in the 13th Kinderfestival. Hundreds of children (and adults) enjoyed linguistic activities including origami in Japanese, Zumba in Spanish, Arabic writing, face painting in Welsh and salt-dough model making in English. This event was a great success and participants and alpha beta teachers all had a wonderful time. Many thanks to everyone who made the event so special. We look forward to seeing you all there next year!

New website for our publishing house
02.03.2016
New website for our publishing house
Visit www.alphabetaverlag.it or www.edizionialphabeta.it to see the new website of our publishing house. Ideal for smartphones and tablets and you can now buy our books online. Amazon eat your heart out!
 
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