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Last call for Autumn Courses

Last call for Autumn Courses

From 29th September we will be offering both face-to-face and online courses.
Group courses in GermanItalian, Russian, Spanish, French and English that focus on a communicative approach. Preparation courses for Cambridge, CELI, telc and TRKI certification exams where specific skills for the exam tests are practised.
Of course, children and teenagers have not been forgotten either!

Enrolments open!
Detailed information about all our courses is available in our coursefinder and in our offices in Bolzano and Meran.
0471 - 97 86 00
0473 - 21 05 60
Entrance Test:
To find the "right" course, we invite you to take our free and non-binding entrance test (if the last course was attended more than 12 months ago)
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:
Tue + Wed: 10.30 – 11.30
Mon + Thu: 17.00 – 20.00
courses for children & youngsters during the school year
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.
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.

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

International Literacy Day
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.
Learning a language online
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!
alpha beta does it again
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
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.


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.
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