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New courses starting in January

New courses starting in January

Our winter courses begin on 13th January. For RussianSpanishItalianFrenchEnglish and German (Meran/o), you can already enrol. For German in Meran/o you can sign up as from 1st december on, for German in Bolzano/Bozen as from 14th December on.

We also have exam preparation courses for the following international certificates: 
Cambridge (English)
CELI (Italian)
TRKI (Russian)
telc (German). 

We would like our courses to return our classrooms in January. So we will be offering face to face teaching in small groups, respecting all relevant Covid-19 regulations. If the situation does not permit this, we will run our courses partially or completely online. There will also be a wide offer of online courses that run exclusively in the virtual classroom. 

As usual, you need to do a level test to sign up for a course. This level test is free of charge and without obligation. Pleased contact our front office to receive the written component by email. The oral component will be done by phone.   

Our secretaries in Bolzano/Bozen e Meran/o would be happy to answer any questions you might have about enrolling for a course. 

Office hours
Mon - Fri from 10:00 to 12:30
Tue + Thu from 15:30 to 18:30

Contact
info@alphabeta.it
0471-978600
0473-210650
Corona: what's next at alpha beta piccadilly?
12.11.2020
Corona: what's next at alpha beta piccadilly?

The second wave is rolling… But what does that mean exactly for your language course or language test? Are placement tests still possible? How does the registration work? And what about autonomous learning?

We have summarized the answers to all of those questions here.

Covid 19: We are here!
09.11.2020
Covid 19: We are here!
Given the current situation, our offices can be contacted ONLY by phone or by email
 
Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 12:30
Tuesday + Thursday: 15:30 - 18:30

info@alphabeta.it
Bolzano/Bozen: 0471 - 978 600
Meran/o: 0473 - 210 650
 
We are also still doing level testing. Just get in contact with us and we will send you the written part of the test to fill in. Send it back and we will do the oral component by phone.
 
 
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!
 
new brochure 2019/20
19.08.2019
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.

 

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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