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Welcome to ALTA English

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

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Designed as an avenue not only into colloquial speech but also contemporary culture, this book will

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Testimonials

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

OUT & ABOUT STUDENT'S BOOK"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 | 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

WOW"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

HANDBOOK FOR LANGUAGE PROGRAM ADMINISTRATORS 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."

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