The ALTA Tutor Experience
What you need to be a tutor
2 hrs twice a week
1 full academic year of teaching
(3 terms Sept – July)
Ordinary Level English Language CXC/CSEC Grade I or II or equivalent
Education has failed to meet the needs of our adult students at least once already.
They have been brave enough to try again in the face of past failure and the distress this brings.
You are their second chance.
As literacy is a complex skill and many ALTA students have a learning disability, all ALTA volunteers must do the initial 6-day training. If continuing for another academic year, tutors return annually for a one-day refresher.
Year 1 Apply and Train
At any time
October – February
Attend an interview with an experienced ALTA tutor to find out if ALTA teaching is a fit for you
Observe a specified number of class sessions to see what you will be doing as an ALTA tutor
February – March
If offered a place on the training course, sign ALTA tutor contract, buy training course handbook (TT$60), pay refundable deposit (TT$100)
March – April
Complete online tutor training book 2 weeks before start of training
April – June
Train to teach the ALTA programme
1 day per week for 6 consecutive weeks 8:00am – 4:00pm
Buy your tutor book and student workbook (TT$25 discounted price)
Orientation – meet with your class coordinator and co-tutors to plan for the start of term
Year 2 Teach
September – July
Teach with a team of one or more experienced tutors, supported by an ALTA Coordinator who visits once a month
Year 3 Certify, Train and Teach
Award of ALTA Certificate and become a member of ALTA (annual fee: TT$30)
Attend a short refresher course to continue volunteer teaching for the next academic year