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Alpha beta’s wide-ranging summer programme enables children to dive into the world of language! From our trilingual summer kindergarten to our fantastic summer camps - our motto is language learning through fun. In our summer brochure you will find a wealth of activities which, as well as being stimulating and worthwhile, also result in effective and enjoyable learning. This is ‘learning by doing’.  Cooking, rock climbing and swimming are just some of the great activities on offer. During our activities, language is used in a way which results in learning without studying in the traditional sense. Our small groups are guided and encouraged by our expert teachers and instructors. You can find out more about our courses and summer camps in various languages in our online brochure. Enrolments begin on 10th February 2020! Early bird reduced prices until 31st March 2020!         

Back by popular demand! In 2020 we are again offering our summer pre-school "Halli hallo...Ciao ciao...Bye bye..." for children from 3 to 6 years old in Merano, Bressanone, Bolzano and S.Giacomo/Leifers. Further information and the enrolment form will be available from February 2020.
We are looking forward to guiding your children in the fun world of languages and we would be happy give you personalised advice – just pop into our offices in Bolzano (via Talvera 1 A, 0471-978600) and Merano (Piazza della Rena, 2, 0473-210650).

Carnival Break
Carnival Break
Our staff will be available at the Bolzano/Bozen and Merano/Meran schools during office hours this week apart from Tuesday afternoon (20.02.2020) and Thursday afternoon (25.02.2020).

At Meran/o there won't be any level tests.
At Bolzano/Bozen the times for level tests will be changing as follows:
          level tests at Bolzano/Bozen
      Deutsch      Italiano     English
Monday 16.00 - 17.30   10.00 - 12.00
16.00 - 17.30
Tuesday   10.30 - 12.00  
Wednesday 10.00 - 14.00    
Thursday 16.00 - 17.30    
Friday 10.00 - 11.30   10.00 - 12.00

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.

Cost: 83 €/week lunch included
Early bird discounts until 31st March 2020: for first two weeks € 77, for third week onwards € 73 

- in Bolzano/Bozen: from 29th June to 7th August in the "Gries" Kindergarten (vicolo Wenter/Wentergasse 1)
Further information
Enrolments start on 2nd March 2020

- in San Giacomo/St. Jakob: from 29th June to 31st July in the  "La Tartaruga" Kindergarten (via Maso Hilber/Hilberhofweg 15, San Giacomo/St. Jakob)    
Enrolments start on 2nd March 2020
Further information

- in Bressanone/Brixen: from 29th June to 7th August in the "Anna Seidner" Kindergarten (via Kaspar-von-Kempter-Weg 5)
Enrolment form
Further information

- in Meran/o: to be decided
Learning before and after the course
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!
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  
Monday 16.00 – 17.30   10.00 – 12.00
15.30 – 17.00
Tuesday   15.30 – 17.30 15.30 – 17.00  
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
Friday 10.00 – 11.30      

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.


A different French course
A different French course
So the idea here is to combine something you like doing anyway with a new language. That’s the idea behind our “Learning by doing” courses. Learning together with other nice people makes it even more fun!
During the course “Cuisiner en français” you will dip into the world of French cuisine in three evenings: you chop, cook, bake and at the end, taste the dishes all together. And, of course, all in French – bon appétit!  Minimum language level: A2
There are many ways to learn a language …….. why not try an unusual, effective and fun way?
More information in the secretaries’ office in Bozen/Bolzano 0471 978600 or and
Cuisiner en français
Dates:  Mondays  2 October,  16 October,  23 October  2017 - 3 evenings
Time: 6.00-9.30 pm
Where:  Kolpinghaus Bozen/Bolzano
Cost: € 58,00
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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