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During the Carnival holidays children have a wonderful opportunity to have fun while practising and improving their English. The day begins at 8 o’clock with a variety of interesting language activities which prepare the children for daily excursions which are both creative and exciting.  During these excursions the children can put their newly learnt language skills to immediate use. The teachers will speak only English (including during the lunch break when the children eat a packed lunch brought from home). The day finishes at 13.15 when the children are collected from the school. The programme offers children a valuable chance to be in constant contact with authentic, communicative English while being supported and corrected by mother-tongue English teachers.
Further information and the enrolment form are available online.
Summer nursery school
Summer nursery school
The motto of our unique summer kindergarten is languages & playing. Children can be enrolled for one or more weeks to make their first, gentle approach to the second language in a relaxed but entertaining manner. They are also presented deal with English songs, rhymes and games on a daily basis. In diversified activities the children experience the diversity of languages through a variety of different activities. Experts and animators from different fields support the work of the teachers in a child-friendly way.

New 2019: children can be enroled online
Cost: 82 €/week lunch included
Early bird discounts till 30.04: for first two weeks € 77, for third week onwards € 73 
- in Bolzano/Bozen: from 24th June to 2nd August in the "Gries" Kindergarten (vicolo Wenter/Wentergasse 1)
Enrolments open on 11th March at alpha beta piccadilly Bozen/Bolzano        
Enrolment form Bolzano/Bozen

- in San Giacomo/St. Jakob: from 1st July to 2nd August in the  "La Tartaruga" Kindergarten (via Maso Hilber/Hilberhofweg 15, San Giacomo/St. Jakob)
Enrolments open on 11th March at alpha beta piccadilly Bozen/Bolzano        
Enrolment form san Giacomo/St. Jakob

- in Bressanone/Brixen: 24th June to 9th August in the Mozart Kindergarten (via Marconi/Marconistrasse 7)
Enroments open on 18th February at KVW Bildung Bezirk Brixen (via Vescovado 2/Hofgasse 2) and alpha beta piccadilly Bolzano/Bozen or Merano/Meran
Enrolment form Bressanone/Brixen

- in Lagundo/Algund: from 24th June to 5th July in the Algund Kindergarten (via Stenizer/Stenizerweg 4)
Enroments opened on 11th February at alpha beta piccadilly Merano/Meran          
Enrolment form Lagundo/Algund
Summer 2019: summer camps and courses for children and teenagers
Summer 2019: summer camps and courses for children and teenagers
Children learn languages in a different way from adults. They learn them implicitly, almost incidentally, by discovering new things and by imitating their surroundings. And what do they need to do that? A good rapport with their language role models, a relaxed atmosphere and authentic opportunities to use the target language and this is precisely what alpha beta piccadilly’s language camps provide! At our camps children and teenagers can experience natural and spontaneous communication in the target language. Our experienced teachers and activity leaders support them in their attempts to really use language. So
at our camps learning does not take place in abstract lessons but rather in concrete, real-life situations. We believe in the “Learning by Doing” approach, meaning that the target language is best learnt by doing practical things that young people enjoy. Whether it is cooking, swimming, climbing or whatever, they start really using the language. We hope you enjoy browsing through our summer programme. And in our offices in Bolzano/Bozen and Meran/Merano we will be only too happy to advise you! 
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. 
German, English and Italian courses at alpha beta piccadilly 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 courses start in February at our school in Bolzano: Hello English for Beginners e Italiano giocando for primary school students.
Also our summer brochure is already available, full of summer camps and fun activities in Italian, German, Spanish and English for children and teenagers. Enrolments open on 11th February 2019! Discounts of up to 15% for enrolments by 29th March 2019!
Learning by doing for adults!
Learning by doing for adults!
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!

If you are interested in the news on a national and international level and would like to read, watch and talk about the latest events then "Let's talk about the news" will appeal to you. Before each of the 5 meetings the participants will choose a news topic to either read or watch and this will then be discussed together. The principle is that students are given the opportunity to practice their English in a natural and interesting setting. 

Do you like cooking? Then improve your French at ‘Cuisiner en français’, where we discover traditional french cuisine. Under the supervision of our French teacher, you will learn to prepare tipical dishes on each of three evenings. Afterwards we will be sitting down together and sampling our efforts, chatting all the while in French! 

There are many ways of learning languages….. try out an unusual, entertaining but effective way! For more information contact the secretaries’ office in Bolzano/Bozen 0471 978600 or at

Let's talk about the news
Dates: 5 fridays, as from 25th January 2019 on 
Time: 6.00 - 7.30 pm
Venue: alpha beta piccadilly Bozen/Bolzano
Cost: € 49,00

Cuisiner en français
Dates: 14, 21 and 28 March 2019
Time: 6.00 - 9.30 pm
Venue: casa Kolpinghaus Bozen/Bolzano
Cost: € 58,00 (ingredients included)

Opening hours and level testing
Opening hours and level testing
Our colleagues are available for you at the following times:

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 10.00 - 12.30 and 15.30 - 18.30 
Wednesday: 8.00 - 15.00
Friday: 10.00 - 12.30

The level placement tests for Italian, German and English can be done during the following times

Testing Merano/Meran: 
  • Tuesday 16.00 - 19.30 
  • Wednesday 12.00 - 14.00 
  • Thursday 16.00 - 18.00 
Testing Bolzano/Bozen
  Deutsch Italiano English Español
Monday 16.00 – 17.30   10.00 – 12.00
16.00 – 17.30
16.00 – 17.30
Tuesday   15.30 – 17.30 16.00 – 17.30  
Wednesday 10.00 – 14.00 11.00 – 14.00 11.30 – 14.00  
Thursday 16.00 – 17.30 10.30 – 12.00
15.30 – 17.30
16.00 – 17.30  
Friday 10.00 – 11.30      

new brochure 2018/19
new brochure 2018/19

alpha beta piccadilly starts the new school year on 1 October 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 2018/2019 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.

And don’t forget: everybody who has attended a group course in the last 12 months is entitled to a 10% discount on the course fee.


alpha beta piccadilly is ISO 9001:2015 certified
alpha beta piccadilly is ISO 9001:2015 certified
Having received certification for the seventh time, the largest language school in Alto Adige/South Tyrol confirms its high standards of efficiency, service and quality. This year we have made the transition to the new UNI EN ISO 9001:2015 norm.
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 8th and 9th of June.
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.
Summer courses for children & youngsters
Summer courses for children & youngsters
alpha beta piccadilly has a long tradition of language courses targeted at the different school stages and therefore at different age groups. For two weeks, youngsters can improve their language skills 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.

The next such courses start on 23th July and 20th August at our schools in Bolzano and Meran, and all the other towns or villages where we reach a minimum of 8 participants. Alongside the language courses, we also organise various language camps, for which a few places are still available. Feel free to contact our offices in Bolzano (0471 – 978600) or Meran (0473 – 210650) for more information.
English, German or Italian – fast track
English, German or Italian – fast track
alpha beta piccadilly organise intensive and superintensive courses in the summer. Why don’t you take advantage of the most beautiful season of the year to improve your language skills? With our 2-hour, daily intensive courses in Bolzano and Meran, you will have the possibility to freshen up your Italian, German and English.
This year for the first time we are offering a German conversation course in Bolzano which will be held on 3 evenings a week. For those looking for something more, we would advise the German superintensive courses: every morning from 8.30 to 12.50 for 3 weeks. The courses start on June 25 and July 16 2018.
You can find all the information you need on these different courses on our “trova-corso”. For those who re-enrol we can offer you a discount of 10%.
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.


Italian in the office
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.

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