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We are publishers of classroom-informed materials for English language teaching and learning.

Testimonials

Larry Ferlazzo on Cloze the Gap Teacher, Blogger, ELT Celebrity

Unlike most pre-made clozes (aka as gap-fills), the authors created clozes with strategically-placed blanks that had “clue” words somewhere in the text.

K Lynn Savage on ALTA English Celebrity Author

ALTA is one of the few publishing houses that I see as a "teacher's press" - very important to have this publisher as well as the "big houses" in our field.

Dave Sperling Founder, Dave's ESL Cafe

ALTA has one of the finest selection of ESL material found anywhere!

Colleen McGovern on WOW! ESL Instructor and Curriculum Coordinator, Spring International Language Center

"It's been some time since I've taught a low beginning level. When I was told I'd be teaching a low level reading class, I wondered where to begin. The book assigned was WOW! Stories from Real Life. This book has been wonderful to use."

Jaime Friesen-Pankratz | Out & About in the World of Computers Adult Literacy Facilitator, Pembina Valley Adult School - Canada

"When I first saw the ALTA Publishers Out & About Computer Book series on a local adult learning centre’s webpage, I was excited about the potential that the resource might have for my beginner computer literacy class. I promptly downloaded the free instructor’s manual available online, and was extremely impressed by the depth of the content and the way that the resource was organized."

Amy Loewen | Out & About Professor CCSF, Laney College, UC Berkeley Extension

"I just started using Out & About in my beginner general English class and I love it! The lessons are challenging, satisfying, and relate to students’ everyday lives. I particularly like the fact that the authors included same-sex couples in the family unit. It’s rare to find a textbook that does this, and I find it really helps me cultivate a classroom environment where all our students can feel like they are part of the conversation. I highly recommend this book."

Betty Azar on The ELT Grammar Book Celebrity Author

This book is the teacher’s friend. It’s useful not only for teachers who are new to the field (who will be grateful for the grammar information he provides, information that is easy to understand and to present), but also for experienced teachers looking for new ideas and slants on creating grammar- based lessons.

Libby Swanson | Wow! Adult Education ESL Teacher, Eastside Learning Center: Tucson, AZ

"Other books for beginners have only a few exercises to do after the picture story, and the exercises are not interactive. This book has lots of student-student and teacher-class interaction. I love this! I didn't know my students could say so much!"

Marilyn Rosenthal | Handbook for Language Program Administrators Editor, ESL Magazine

"I think The Handbook for Language Program Administrators is one of the best books in the entire field . . . It is a true delight to see such a solid, interesting, comprehensive, and intelligent (!) treatment of the subject."

Latest from Springs - the ALTA English Blog

ALTA English Webinars 2015

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Welcome to the ALTA English Webinars for Teachers Series Looking for a collection of best-practice activities to help your students become lifelong vocabulary learners? Our first live webinar will take place on Friday, May 22 2015 at 11:00 AM (USA &

EARTH DAY 2015

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Because we only have one planet earth. Join us and give back to mother earth this earth day – April 22, 2015 by planting a tree in your area, or by donating to have a tree planted in a developing nation.     

Teacherless Activity #5: “Grid Game” By Rick Kappra

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One of the key components I looked for as I was assembling this collection of Teacherless Activities was to find activities that had some sort of built in repetition. Mingles were great because I could do a mingle every day as a review, or have stude

Teacherless Activities for Beginners

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Teacherless Activities help increase student involvement and reduce teacher prep time — plus give students the confidence they need for real-world English interactions.   At a recent ESL Colloquium hosted by City College of San Francisco (

Join us at TESOL 2015 in Toronto

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Learn more about ALTA English participation at the TESOL 2015 International Convention and English Language Expo. March 25 – 28 in Toronto, Canada.

Teacherless Activity #4: “Information Gap” By Rick Kappra

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An information gap activity is a great teacherless activity that is common in many ESL classrooms. Information gaps create a need to communicate. Each partner in the activity has a piece of information that the other(s) need and vice versa. Informat

Teacherless Activity #3: “Pairs +” By Rick Kappra

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Teacherless activities don’t always have to involve the whole class getting up and moving about the classroom. There are many ways to get students engaged with one another in pairs or small groups. Once a substitute teacher told me that she did a p

New Beginnings

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Life is full of new beginnings –  May this be one of your happiest ever!  Thank you for being a part of ours.   “For last year’s words belong to last year’s language. And next year’s words await another voice.R

Teacherless Activity #2: “Mingles” By Rick Kappra

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My journey into the world of teacherless activities really began when I discovered the mingle. A dear colleague of mine who I taught with at UC Berkeley Extension suggested I do a “mix and mingle” in one lower-level class I was struggling with. S

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