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Getting a first taste for a new language, or brushing up your existing knowledge of that language: that’s the concept behind our language aperitif! We focus on a different language each month, enabling you to enjoy a convivial evening dedicated to different countries and languages, focusing on interesting topics. Each evening is accompanied by snacks from the appropriate country.

To celebrate the bicentenary of the Prado Museum in Madrid, alpha beta piccadilly is organising a ‚Language Aperitif“ where we’ll be talking about art. Using the video „Beauty and Madness at the Prado“ where some pieces of the museum are presented in motion, there will be various guided communicative activities through which participants will encounter some of the most significant artists and pieces of this important museum. In a relaxed atmosphere, we will discuss the participants‘ reaction to and opinions about art, and the way it is represented. So don’t miss this opportunity to get to know new people, discover new things and, of course, improve your Spanish!

We look forward to seeing you!


When: 22nd November 2019  6 - 8pm
Where: alpha beta piccadilly, Talfergasse/via Talvera 1/a, Bolzano-Bozen
Cost: € 5,00
Further events:
7th February 2020   Russian
29th November 2019 Training Day
29th November 2019 Training Day
This teacher training day, focusing on the theme: ‘conscious & subconscious – implicit and explicit learning in language teaching’, will offer an insight into variety of teaching methodologies and will touch on perspectives to be found in our teaching at alpha beta piccadilly. Our offices in Bolzano/Bozen and Meran/Merano will be closed on this day, and there will be no courses.
Eaquals Inspection: teaching quality
Eaquals Inspection: teaching quality

From 12th to 14th November 2019 alpha beta piccadilly will be undergoing an inspection by Eaquals, Evaluation & Accreditatiion of Quality in Language Services. Course observations are an important component of the inspection, ensuring that we meet the high standards, and we ask all our students for their understanding if a course observation marginally disturbs a lesson. alpha beta piccadilly has been a full member since 1999, the only one in South Tyrol.

Learning by doing - Let's talk about films
Learning by doing - Let's talk about films
South Tyrol’s largest language school introduces new ways of learning with our series of ‘Learning by doing’ events - interesting free time activities in English. The idea behind this is easy but effective: Language learning is best learned when it is fun and when doing something practical at the same time. Different topics and a different language each month.

Let's talk about films
If you are looking to improve your language skills while doing interesting and fun activiies, you are in the right place! Improve your English by singing and having fun! This course is for all levels and abilities of English and singing, from beginners to advanced, and is an excellent way to improve your pronunciation and fluency. You do not need to read music. Everyone can sing, even if you think you can't!
Date: from 8th November 2019, 5 evenings, always on Friday, 18.00 - 19.30
Cost: 49 €
Future subjects:
English Literature Seminars (from 24th January 2020)
Italian + cooking
Italian + cooking
An Italian course without a classroom, without a coursebook and CD-player? But instead with a chopping board, saucepan and apron? Yes, learning Italian at "A tutta zucca" is fun! Dip into the world of Italian cuisine: you chop, cook, bake and at the end, taste the dishes all together. And, of course, all in Italian – buon appetito! 


A tutta zucca
This unknown pumpkin - after a brief introduction to the history and the main features of this vegetable, we will discover how it is used to prepare delicious pumpkin dishes in the tradition of the Veneto region (gnocchi, pumpkin and celeriac tagliatelle, lasagna). The seminar will be held in Italian, a minimum level of A2.1 is required.
Date: 18th novembre 2019
Cost: 30 €
Self Access Centre
Self Access Centre
The Self Access Centre in the first floor of our premise at alpha beta piccadilly in Bolzano / Bozen offers the opportunity to study with the advice of a tutor, possibly (but not necessarily) as a complement to a language course. 
Opening hours:
Mon-Thur  4.30 – 8.00pm
Tue + Wed 10.30-11.30am
Learn a language in Tandem
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.
Come visit us in the Tandem office! In Bolzano we are always open on Mondays from 4 pm to 7 pm. In Meran we are open on Mondays from 4:30 pm to 6 pm.
new brochure 2019/20
new brochure 2019/20

alpha beta piccadilly starts the new school year on 30th September 2019 with a mix of both new and the longer-running, well-established courses. So our programme encompasses the classical language courses in Italian, German, Spanish, Russian, French and English as well as conversation courses, exam-preparation courses, one-to-one courses and courses for specific professions. Autonomous learning programmes and other alternative language learning programmes such as our ‘Language Aperitif’, or ‘Learning by Doing’  appeal to those looking for new ways of picking up language. Have a look at our new 2019/2020 brochure.

We recommend you do our free entry test (no obligation!) to ensure you end up in the right course for your level. Our secretaries’ offices are available for more detailed information about the courses.


alpha beta piccadilly is ISO 9001:2015 certified
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
The publishing house was also involved in the inspection on the 14th and 15th of June 2019.
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.
Honouring someone who really deserves it!
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.


30 years of Language and Culture
30 years of Language and Culture
alpha beta piccadilly is celebrating its 30th birthday ..and that was celebrated in style! On the 17 November all existing and former members of staff, together with people who have accompanied us over the years, were invited to a full-day series of talks, workshops and round-table discussions  focusing on theoretical and practical aspects of  language teaching. The event was rounded off in the evening with music and dance. You can find videos and photos of the event on our YouTube channel and Facebook page!
New Academic Year
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.
New website for our publishing house
New website for our publishing house
Visit or 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!
alpha beta does it again
alpha beta does it again
The results of our recent Eaquals inspection have just come through and once again we have done extremely well.
Eaquals stands for "Evaluation & Accreditation of Quality in Language Services"

The conclusion was:

alpha beta piccadilly was inspected by Eaquals in November 2015 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:
Management and Administration
Course Design and Supporting Systems
Assessment and Certification
Client Services
Quality Assurance
Staff Profile and Development
Internal Communications
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Our Quality standards