Fifty (50) literacy classes are conducted in communities across Trinidad by ALTA-trained volunteers. Annually, approximately 1,500 students attend ALTA community classes. Of these, roughly 900 are new students and 600 either repeating or moving up to a higher level.
Classes are twice a week for two hours and run with the school year – September to July, with holidays for Christmas and Easter. Once registered, the student may stay as long as needed to achieve the literacy goals they set for themselves. ALTA has no tests but, at the end of the academic year in July, awards a certificate based on an end-of-level evaluation.
Download the ALTA Class List for 2019- 2020 here.
Graduates and students who want extra reading practice can attend an ALTA Reading Circle to read material of their choice in a small group or one-on-one guided by a tutor.
All persons who register at the start of September for a free ALTA community class are assessed by class tutors on the first day of the academic year. Based on this assessment, students are placed into Beginner, Level 1 or Level 2 classes. The ALTA programme is not for persons who have a School Leaving certificate, CXC certificates or who are reading and writing fluently and with ease.
Students assessed to be in Level 1 struggle with all reading except infant texts (approximately equivalent to reading age 5-6 years).
Students assessed to be in this level do read and write but slowly and often haltingly. Their literacy level does not enable them to read newspapers, fill in many forms or read text related to their skill area.
Students move into Level 3 after successfully completing Level 2. At this point they read and write fluently but have difficulty with some multi-syllabic words, spelling and Standard English grammar. Students do not start the ALTA Programme at Level 3.