professional development

ALT Training Online (ALTTO)

ALTTO is a free open source self-learning platform helping ALTs in Japan since 2015.
Our online courses cover the basics of Language Learning and expand into more advanced skills.


A compendium of information

All courses have been written either by university professors and experienced ALTs living in Japan.
And the best thing? They`re all free!

Become Better, On Your Schedule

we offer three learning options for you to choose from!

Our monthly newsletter to receive directly in your mailbox the necessary tips and tricks to survive the classroom.

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.

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 September 2020 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

The purpose of ALTs

Is it time to reconsider the role of ALTs in the classroom? Learn how the needs behind this position have been changing throughout the years and what the future holds for you as an ALT in the classroom.

growing together

Contribute to ALTTO

Join us. Since 2015 hundreds of people have contributed to ALTTO. There is no limit to our reach and to keep it the most effective and relevant professional community of ALTs we need your help. Find out how here.

the library

Lost in Translation: no more!

These are the best books to help you survive the classroom, learn more about Japan, and support you in reaching your potential!

one for all
The first ALT LINE open chat

Join an active community of English teachers living in Japan on this Line Open Group. The set up is simple: scan the code with your phone (or click on it), choose a nickname and enjoy the company. Users add their Prefecture next to their nickname in order to give better tips according to the location. See you there!

The ALTTO Discord Channel

Thanks to our friends at you can now join an already established group of ALTs that everyday share their experience on this popular platform. Join us over there and let the ideas flow!