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 there was no training for this new job. Even low-level jobs have some kind of training to help you do the job effectively, and teachers are dealing with people’s lives.
With a house and two incredible children, every day is full of surprises and happiness for Nathaniel. We are all on a journey though, growing and evolving who we are on a daily basis.
Around 6 years have passed since the birth of ALT Training Online. After writing an MA dissertation on the roles of ALTs I couldn’t help but let go of the burning question: why didn’t I receive any teacher training (pre- or in-service?) when I got the ALT job?
Alas, hundreds of dollars out of pocket and many aspects of the site needing an update I face a crossroads – redesign it completely or let the thousands of weekly users down.
It’s quite a size now, there’s a lot of content, so the work would take a while….
On an ALT’s salary with a mortgage and two children, the decision should be quite simple, but I’m really struggling with the choice.
Unfortunately though, it’s adios to ALTTO and ALTopedia….
I’ve been learning to code and the ALTTO team is growing – so the site is getting a makeover!
We’ve new affiliations too, and are being advertised outside of Japan with our new partners, including JET (big thanks to all of them).
We’re working hard to launch the new site sometime in April – so check our Facebook group for the new link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/alttrainingonline/
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You may know that online courses (in general) have a completion rate of around 10% according to most studies. You may have started one or a tonne of courses online yourself (I’m working my way through 4 at the moment). The ALTTO course/website is no different, although some modules are getting 100% completion rates, interest leaves some users with completion rates of around 20%.
We’ve listened to your feedback, re-reviewed the practice of learning online and have completely changed how the free ALT training course looks – how you the user can develop skills to use in the classroom, whatever your learning style.
We’re updating the modules too. The three previous categories: Contextual, Teaching and Professional Development are being expanded!
We know that the resulting new modules, and whole new course, will deliver exactly what you want and need to make not just make you more confident and better teachers, but also dramatically enhance the potential of your students.
How would you make ALTTO and Altopedia better? Join the team and make it happen!
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