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Online courses to see you safely through the summer

Due to the corona virus containment measures, we are unable to run our normal summer offer. Therefore to give you and your children the opportunity to immerse yourselves in the world of languages, we are completely changing our summer programme for children and adults, with all courses taking place online this summer. All you need to attend the course is a computer, tablet or smartphone with an internet connection.

Here you can find all the necessary information about our offer for summer 2020.
 
Corona: We are here!
25.05.2020
Corona: We are here!
Given the current situation, our offices can be contacted by phone, Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 or by email (info@alphabeta.it). Bolzano/Bozen: 0471 - 978 600 and 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.
 
Languages at full speed!
18.05.2020
Languages at full speed!
Use the loveliest time of the year and take your German, English or Italian to literally another level! The intensive courses for German, Italian and English take place for two hours and last three weeks. The courses start on June 29th, July 20th and August 24th. Detailed information can be found in the course finder or contacting our secretaries’ office. Enrolments are open!
online English courses for kids
13.05.2020
online English courses for kids
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.

Our first 100% online English courses specifically for primary, middle and upper school students begin on 25th May. The courses consist of fun 60-minute lessons, three times a week, with games focusing on listening, reading and, of course, speaking in English. To enrol simply send an email to info@alphabeta.it.
Learn a language in Tandem
13.03.2020
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.
 

 
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.

 

alpha beta piccadilly is ISO 9001:2015 certified
15.06.2019
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!
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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