ALTA Levels & Books

The ALTA Literacy Levels

Beginner Literacy

Unable to recognise all 26 letters and their individual sounds.  

Letter recognition, handwriting, most frequent sight words, phonological awareness, phonics – individual letter sounds, reading phonetically regular words and predictable books.    

Only at community classes

Level 1Literacy

Struggle with all reading except infant texts. 
(Approximate reading age 5)  

135 sight words, phonics (individual letters) for word recognition and spelling, breaking up words, reading simplified real-life text.    

Level 2Literacy

Read and write but slowly and often haltingly. Unable to fully complete many forms or read and understand newspapers and text related to their skill or subject area.

Focus: Phonics – letter combinations for word recognition and spelling, breaking up words, reading fluency (simplified real-life text), spelling strategies and writing.

Level 3  Literacy

Read and write fluently but have difficulty with spelling and Standard English grammar. ALTA students move into Level 3 after successfully completing Level 2 or Spelling Programme and move on to School Leaving or CSEC English Language.  

Focus: Reading fluency and comprehension, vocabulary, writing, spelling, punctuation, Standard English grammar.

Only at ALTA-V

Spelling Programme

Fluent readers who have difficulty making the right spelling choices and often have to stop and think before writing a word.  

Focus: Phonics for spelling, spelling rules and spelling strategies.

Where does a student start?

Community classes
The tutor assesses the student’s level on the first day.  

ALTA-V and ALTA Online
Students complete the ALTA Online Assessment Book.    

ALTA Certificates
ALTA has no tests but awards a certificate upon mastery of a literacy level or the ALTA Spelling Programme.

I lived most of my life not able to read or write. When I joined ALTA it was like an explosion. The classes gave me the urge to learn and put a new meaning into my life. It made me able to do things on my own. I know where I used to be, and right now, I like where I’m at. I like what ALTA have turned me into. 

Level 1 graduate Glen Ross