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The Color Vowel® Chart

is a visual organizer spoken English. Each color represents a vowel sound.

For example, GREEN is the high front vowel /iy/, as found in the words tree and teacher. Similarly, BLUE represents the high back vowel /uw/, as found in the words true and student. In this way, each phrase serves both as a key word and a visual cue for a specific stressed vowel sound. Click on each color to hear the Color Vowel anchor phrase and its corresponding vowel sound.

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Why Color Vowel?
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“Blue Canoe and its Color Vowel methodology is brilliant and incredibly effective with my students. I’ve been teaching English to Japanese students for more than a decade, and had never imagined a pronunciation approach could be this good.”
William Keith, Managing Director of Keith Industries, Tokyo, Japan
“We saw that teachers love using the Color Vowel Chart, so Intercambio now includes it in all curriculum we produce. For many English learners here, the CVC has led to life-changing breakthroughs around pronunciation! ”
Lee Shainis, Founder • Intercambio Uniting Communities • Boulder (CO)
“The Color Vowel System is such a fundamentally innovative and effective methodology that we built our company, Blue Canoe Learning, on it. Now anyone with a smart phone can play the Blue Canoe app and leverage the Color Vowel System to improve their English pronunciation. We are making such a wonderful impact on people’s lives, and ELTS and Color Vowel are an integral part of why we are successful!”
Sarah Daniels, CEO of Blue Canoe
“I can't thank you enough for an amazing experience at Color Vowel Basics. The Color Vowel Approach provides the strategy and structure I was looking for on behalf of my students. The work you have done is truly remarkable. It's true that simplicity lies at the far side of complexity.”
Amy Reavey, Literacy Volunteer (NJ)
“I love using the Color Vowel Chart because it works! Student feedback on the system is so positive. I have students who tell me how helpful it has been not only for pronunciation, but also for spelling, specifically for students for whom the Roman alphabet is new. English spelling and pronunciation is challenging, and I am so thankful to have this resource!”
Vanessa S. ESL Teacher, WA
“The Color Vowel Chart allows my actor, broadcaster and executive clients to instantly see the color of the sound they are mispronouncing or mixing. The visual cuing speeds up the recognition time of the sounds! I think the Color Vowel Chart is the most brilliant thing I have ever seen. It has really changed the way we work at the Speech and Accent Academy!”
Lisa Jeffery, Director, The Speech and Accent Academy (FL)
“Who doesn’t love card games? My middle school students find Color it out! extremely engaging and I find it a powerful tool to introduce and review complicated sounds and spellings in English. In fact, I used Color it out! to introduce my students to the Color Vowel Chart before ever "teaching" them about it. I found it a very natural point of entry for the Chart. Since then, we have been exploring additional ways to use the Color it out! cards, such as Dominoes and Go Fish. A fantastic, fun, and very powerful resource!”
Michael Connors, E.L. Haynes Middle School, Washington DC
“The Color Vowel Chart brings attention to the differences among the English vowels--differences that students may not be able to hear. I also like how the Chart has allowed me to incorporate pronunciation into other aspects of my classes. While students are working together on any task, if I hear a major pronunciation problem I can say, "change your vowel from OLIVE to MUSTARD" and the student is able to self correct.”
Jody Gabler, ESL Teacher (NY)
“Color Vowel Basics was phenomenal. I learned an innovative but easy way to teach students about the many different sounds that vowels can make. The Color Vowel Chart is easy to learn and uses the different modalities of learning to reach every type of learner.”
K-12 ESL Teacher, Pueblo City Schools (CO)
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Blue Canoe® is our mobile app

Blue Canoe combines the Color Vowel® system with voice recognition and machine learning to provide learners with high-yield pronunciation practice.

With Blue Canoe, students can take their Color Vowel learning experience beyond the classroom. Blue Canoe is available for individual use or at the school level, providing teachers and administrators with a robust dashboard for monitoring student engagement.

Why Blue Canoe?
“It's an amazing app. If you're patient enough, you'll experience how you can improve your pronunciation with Blue Canoe. It takes time, but it definitely works. I'd like to strongly recommend this app!”
John Kwon, Program Manager, Korea
“I am so glad I found Blue Canoe to help me practice speaking English. I never thought learning could be so fun. It's the best app I have ever had.”
Sergio Gonzalez, Customer Support Associate, Mexico
“I spent 10 minutes yesterday playing with Blue Canoe and fell in love with it! I can't wait to introduce it to my students! Thank you!”
Ruth Voetmann, Intensive ESL Instructor and Department Chair, Edmonds College
“Blue Canoe is so simple, and very effective at the same time. I would like all our students to use it! The emphasis on the stress drives home how students can become more natural in their spoken English. The gamified nature is really great. I'm a big fan.”
Director of Training, global English education company
“Blue Canoe and its Color Vowel methodology is brilliant and incredibly effective with my students. I’ve been teaching English to Japanese students for more than a decade, and had never imagined a pronunciation approach could be this good.”
William Keith, Managing Director of Keith Industries, Tokyo, Japan
“The Color Vowel System is such a fundamentally innovative and effective methodology that we built our company, Blue Canoe Learning, on it. Now anyone with a smart phone can play the Blue Canoe app and leverage the Color Vowel System to improve their English pronunciation. We are making such a wonderful impact on people’s lives, and ELTS and Color Vowel are an integral part of why we are successful!”
Sarah Daniels, CEO of Blue Canoe
Our Upcoming Events
Level 2 • Rhythm & Chants
August 4-11, 2020 • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 10-11:30 am

Karen Taylor

Chants are like super-vitamins for English language learners!

In three 90-minute sessions participants will:

  • Learn how chants support brain-based language learning;
  • View authentic footage of learners engaging with chants;
  • Practice pre-teaching, leading and closing a chant with clear gestures;
  • Master three Color Vowel chants and their variations;
  • Learn when and where chants are most effective in a lesson.
Teaching ESL/EFL with Color Vowel® and Blue Canoe®
Tuesday, August 4, 2020 • 8-9 pm ET

Join Karen Taylor, co-author of the Color Vowel Approach, for an overview of this innovative, brain-based method for teaching spoken English, pronunciation, vocabulary, and reading to English learners. Workshop discounts will be made available to you during this free webinar.

Teaching ESL/EFL with Color Vowel® and Blue Canoe®
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 • 11 am - 12 noon ET

Join Karen Taylor, co-author of the Color Vowel Approach, for an overview of this innovative, brain-based method for teaching spoken English, pronunciation, vocabulary, and reading to English learners. Workshop discounts will be made available to you during this free webinar.

Fridays At Five
Every Friday at 5 pm ET (August 7 - December 11)

Each Friday, we gather live to share tips and demonstrate tools for teaching English online effectively and engagingly. We explore a different topic each week, with each “Fourth Friday” featuring Dr. Robin Barr in “Ask A Linguist.” Whether you’re new to Color Vowel or well into your journey, this wonderfully supportive community event is for you!

Level 1 • Color Vowel® Basics Online
August 11-28, 2020 • Tuesdays & Fridays, 12-2 pm ET

This 3-week intensive course immerses you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. Through this course, you will master powerful, brain-based strategies for teaching learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Completing Color Vowel Basics Online fulfills all requirements for Level 1 certification.

Course Instructor: Laura McIndoo

Level 2: Creative Interventions
Aug 20-Sep 3: Thursdays 10-11:30 am ET

In this intensive course for certified Level 1 Color Vowel Trained teachers, participants will view authentic classroom footage to identify and explore those critical moments when the learner is ‘stuck’ — stuck struggling with a word or phrase, and seemingly unable to make use of the instructor’s input.

Pronunciation for English Teachers
August 18-September 15, 2020 • Tuesdays 10-11:30 am ET

In this 5-week course, participants will engage in a series of brain-based English pronunciation exercises that build awareness of the sounds and rhythms of English for the purpose of being more effective English teachers. Complementing the live 90-minute sessions, participants will complete video homework and receive pronunciation coaching and feedback from Color Vowel® trained instructors. This course is designed for English teachers who are themselves non-native speakers of English and who wish to improve their pronunciation confidence.

Instructor: Jennifer Campion

Level 1 • Refresh & Expand the Color Vowel® Basics
Aug 31-Sept 25, 2020 • Online and Self-paced

Designed exclusively for teachers who took our Color Vowel® Basics face-to-face workshop between 2015-2019, this online course guides you through a series of refresher videos and short tasks that you complete at your own pace over the course of one month.

Weekly video practicum assignments provide you the opportunity to demonstrate your mastery of key Color Vowel instructional techniques and the the effective use of our Blue Canoe app.

A Color Vowel® Coach provides personalized feedback and guidance as you complete each requirement to complete your Level 1 certificate.

Level 1: Color Vowel Basics Online
Sep 9-Oct 14, 2020 • 9:30-11:30 am ET

This 6-week course immerses you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. Through this course, you will master powerful, brain-based strategies for teaching learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Completing Color Vowel Basics Online fulfills all requirements for Level 1 certification.

Course Instructor: Karen Taylor

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics Online
Sep 10-Oct 15, 2020 • 7:30-9:30 pm ET

This 6-week course immerses you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. Through this course, you will master powerful, brain-based strategies for teaching learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Completing Color Vowel Basics Online fulfills all requirements for Level 1 certification.

Note: If you participated in a Color Vowel® Basics face-to-face workshop between 2015-2019, our new “Refresh and Expand” online course is for you! Upon successful completion of this self-paced asynchronous online course, you will receive your Level 1 certificate as a Color Vowel Trained Teacher, which comes with a digital image package and access to additional resources in our Color Vowel Digital Library.

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