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.

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Our online training course to learn step by step and keep track of your progress. You decide when and what to study!
Check our blog to find meaningful insights from the world of English education in and outside of Japan.

Become Better, On Your Schedule

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Cultivating a Community of Practice for ALTs, HRTs, and JTEs by Linfeng Wang

Bio: My name is Linfeng Wang, and I am currently working for an M.Ed. program at the Graduate School of Professional Development of Teachers at

Posted byLinfeng Wang
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End of an Era: ALTTO and Altopedia Split by Nathaniel Reed

Bio: Nathaniel Reed started his ALT journey in 2014. He was mid writing a dissertation for an MA in Linguistics and it struck him that

Posted byNathaniel Reed
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Working With ALTTO by Armando Duarte

Bio: Armando Duarte worked as a dispatch ALT in junior and senior high schools from 2011 until 2017, when he began working at the university

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Posted inALT, E-learning
3 Tips for E-learning in the Digital Classroom by Rishma Hansil

Bio:  Rishma Hansil - Language Instructor and UX Designer  Rishma has been living and working in Tokyo since 2017 as an Assistant Language Teacher and

Posted byRishma Hansil
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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.

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The December 2020 issue

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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