Alterra Education provides learning and support programs throughout Japan for individuals, corporations and academic organizations as well as education industry consultancy services for professional development and business optimization. Get better.

We are passionate about making things better. Based in Kobe/Osaka and working globally, Alterra is committed to bringing value to our clients by identifying the gap between where they are and where they need to be.  Our expertise includes all aspects of learning design; the delivery, the curriculum and the assessment. Contact us to get...better.

Alterra offers a range of customized learning programs for individuals, corporations and educational institutions to enhance the language proficiency, communication skills and intercultural understanding needed to be effective global communicators.

English Language 

Communication Skills 

Onsite / Online Lessons

  • Business English

  • ​General English

  • Pre-departure

  • Test Preparation

  • English for Specific Purposes: Industries, Jobs and Tasks

Seminars / Executive Coaching

  • Presentations

  • Meeting Participation

  • Facilitation

  • Negotiation

  • E-mail and Report Writing

  • Online Communication

  • Inter-cultural Awareness

Solutions for Schools and Education Providers

Alterra can leverage a network of experienced education industry professionals to help teachers and schools assess existing teaching, curriculum and business strategies to close gaps and find new opportunities. From teacher professional development to instructional design and curriculum creation, we aim to find solutions for better teaching, better learning and better business. 

Human Resources

Consulting & Support


Project Management and Production

  • Hiring

  • Outsourcing and Offshoring

  • Teacher Training

  • Performance Assessment

  • Content Development

  • Instructional Design

  • EdTech Solutions

  • Assessments

Company Profile

Eric Altman



Originally from Canada, Eric has lived in Japan for over 20 years and has extensive experience as a teacher, teacher-trainer, and manager responsible for all aspects of human resources for one of Japan’s leading providers of global business communication training programs. In addition to being a key trainer and advisor for many major multi-national companies, Eric also has experience with global marketing of study abroad programs, professional  development of teachers, language assessment and curriculum creation.



Cambridge Assessment

Extended Assignment

Language Development

for Teachers


Train the Trainer

Cambridge Assessment

Certification Course

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TEFL Certification

University of Toronto

120-Hour Certification


Training Certification

Association for Talent Development


Train the Trainer Course

Partners & Affiliations

Founding Member

Collaboration for staffing solutions

Collaboration for staffing solutions

Collaboration for staffing solutions

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Collaboration for staffing solutions


HummingByrd Inc.

Partner for Client Solutions

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Association of Language Testers in Europe

Individual Affiliate


Cambridge Assessment English

  • CELTA Centre Manager

  • Invigilator

  • Speaking Examiner


ELT Publishing Professionals

Registered Member


English Language Testing Society

Founding Member