professional development

ALT Training Online (ALTTO)

ALTTO is a free open source self-learning platform helping ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) and JET teachers in Japan.
Our online courses have been written either by university professors and experienced ALTs living in Japan and cover the basics of Language Learning and expand into more advanced skills.

ALT Agorà

The first national professional development event for ALTs (Assistant Language Teachers) looking to improve their skills.

The ALT Blog

Check our blog to find meaningful insights from the world of English education in Japan and stay up to date with the most recent trends.

Online Courses for ALTs

Our free online professional development courses to learn step by step and keep track of your progress. You decide when and what to study!

The ALT Magazine

Subscribe to “The ALT Magazine” newsletter to receive directly in your mailbox the necessary tips and tricks to survive the classroom. 

The ALT Line Chat

ALTs from all around the country stand together to share professional experience and daily life suggestions and problems. Come join us!

Facebook Group

The ALTTO.net Facebook group is an active and social environment where you can ask for help and share your experience working as an ALT. We also have a Mentor system!

Become Better, On Your Schedule!

altto online course

You decide what and when to study

Our MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) is always active: log in and
continue where you left off whenever you want. 
Whenever you complete a task, simply check it as done.

The monthly trainer

The January 2021 issue

With the touch of a button have our monthly newsletter delivered directly to your mailbox! And for those who have yet to subscribe, check out our previous issues to see what you’ve missed.

What they say about ALTTO

“Back in the day, being an ALT was similar to crash landing on an alien world of pedagogic ambiguity, with no way to phone home. You were on your own. Today, it is different. Nathaniel Reed has leveraged the internet for good, and has brought together some of the best minds and experienced educators, all who are waiting to help you in the task of better teaching your learners, and to help you to learn how to work with your Japanese colleagues in a way that will represent a lasting contribution.”
Dr Gregory Hadley
Niigata University
“This is exactly the kind of website too many ALTs need! Our JTE colleagues are well-intentioned, team-teaching is not generally covered in their teacher training. And since most ALTs have no experience being team-taught themselves, it's hard to imagine how to start. This IS a good place to start!”
Peter J Collins
Tokai University
I served as the first National Chairman of the JET Program from 1987-1988 and among other things, struggled with how to provide new and continuing ALTs with the professional training and support they needed. I heartily recommend and endorse ALT Training Online. It is exactly the kind of platform, high quality professional content and delivery system I wish I had access all those years ago and am certain it will help you in your journey for professional self development.
Dr Charles Browne
Meiji Gakuin University