With the Color Vowel® Basics, discover the simple method that supports deep learning.

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What You’ll Learn in Color Vowel® Basics

Our 6-week interactive online course immerses you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our English pronunciation app, Blue Canoe®. Through this course, you will build your phonological awareness as you master powerful, brain-based strategies for teaching learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency.

Participation involves taking part in weekly live webinars and completing a series of practicum tasks in which you post videos of yourself demonstrating the techniques you have learned. Each participant receives personalized feedback on each assignment through written comments and video feedback from your coach.

What Teachers are Saying
“Upon discovering Color Vowel, I was never able to “unhear” it. In a world in which we depend so much on technology for answers, it is liberating to have a mental tool which instantly aids in mastering the sounds of English.”
Mariah Schuemann, University of Miami (FL)
“The Color Vowel Chart provides an anchor that lets students produce and make sense of sounds even when they're not able to fully, consciously explain a certain pronunciation. It's a thread that I've carried through my teaching career since 2008 and it just works.”
Megan Calvert, Montgomery College (MD)
“The Color Vowel Chart makes it easy to remember the essential English vowels and helps us notice how to shape our mouth and jaw to produce the sounds of English.”
Nao Matsuda, Blue Canoe Pronunciation Trainer (Japan)
“Color Vowel lifts the lid on the secrets of spoken English and gives learners clear, understandable, and effective tools for rapid improvement. It's simple, powerful, and approachable way to tackle some of the hardest aspects of teaching English.”
Laura McIndoo, Central New Mexico Community College (NM)
“For me, the concept of long and short vowels never really worked. The Color Vowel Approach gives me a set of accurate, non-technical vocabulary with which I can use to communicate with my students in a way that accesses multiple parts of their brain in order for them to perceive sounds that are not in their native language.”
Samantha Parkes, US State Department Specialist
“The Color Vowel Chart is deeper than it looks. The more phonological awareness a teacher has, the more that teacher can help learners develop their own phonological awareness.”
Ginessa Payne, Center for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University (TX)
“The Color Vowel Approach enables me to fine-tune individual and group instruction because I have a way of assessing their language needs better. It helps learners to access vocabulary with greater precision. ”
Kristyl Boies, K-12 Specialist, Steamboat Springs Public Schools (CO)
“By providing us with a vocabulary to talk with students about sounds in English, the Color Vowel Chart opens the doors to examining all of the most important aspects of English, including stress, intonation, spelling, irregular verbs, and lexical chunks.”
Rebecca Wilner, American University and DC Public Schools (DC)
“The Color Vowel Approach is a ground-breaking way to learn vocabulary by focusing on stressed vowel sounds. Understanding that is key to developing an accessible, working vocabulary.”
Robert Gole, Montgomery County Public Schools (MD)
“I love the Color Vowel Approach because it is compelling, accessible, and based in the science of learning according to how we process language in the brain. It gives learners a tangible system to hear the sounds of English through tools that help them overcome interference with their L1 in a fun and engaging way.”
Chelsea Olsen, VIPKid Tutor (MI)
“The beauty of Color Vowel is that it makes conversations about prosody and pronunciation accessible to learners of any age and any level.”
Jennifer Campion, ELTS Master Trainer (VA)
“I find the way the elements of your training sessions weave themselves together genuinely elegant. It isn't just a "bag of tricks to deal with different problems" … there’s a sense of integrality and completeness in what you have developed overall.”
Brock Brady, U.S. Peace Corps Specialist (Washington DC)
“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)
Select a course and register!
Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics, Cohort 24
Jan 13-Feb 17, 2021 • Wednesdays 8-10 pm ET

Our 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. Learn more about this course on our Get Started page.

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics, Cohort 25
Jan 16-Feb 20, 2021 • Saturdays 10 am-12 noon ET

Our 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. View the full course description.

Course Instructor: Karen Taylor

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics, Cohort 26
Feb 4-Mar 11, 2021 • Thursdays 10am-12 noon ET

Our 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. Learn more about this course on our Get Started page.

Course Instructor: Karen Taylor

Is Color Vowel Basics for me?

Whether you’re new to teaching or an experienced educator, Color Vowel Basics is perfect for:

  • ESL/EFL teachers
  • K-12 ESOL teachers
  • ESL Literacy volunteers
  • Pronunciation/accent coaches
  • TESOL instructors and teacher trainers

Course Objectives

  • Develop your own phonological awareness and explore phonemic stress as the central organizing feature of comprehensible spoken English;
  • Discover how the human brain processes second language speech and why long-lasting pronunciation improvement requires the use multi-modal, brain-based instructional strategies;
  • Learn how to use the Color Vowel Chart as a visual organizer for words and phrases, providing learners with a powerful tool for pronunciation, vocabulary development, oral fluency, and speaking confidence;
  • Master essential Color Vowel® instructional techniques: modeling, kinesthetic signaling, categorization, acoustic flooding, anchoring, and rhythm practice;
  • Learn how to maximize the power of Blue Canoe® with your students to accelerate their pronunciation improvement.



Participation: Live Sessions with Asynchronous Options

Each week’s session is delivered live/interactively and recorded for replay in case you cannot attend one or more of the live meetings. This course is designed as a synchronous (live) course but may be completed asynchronously (by watching recorded meetings) as long as you are prepared to keep up with the weekly recordings, participate in our asynchronous course chat, and submit all assignments in a timely manner. Each week’s assignment is due 48 before the next live meeting. Participants receive personalized feedback on each assignment from a Color Vowel Teacher Trainer.

You’ll receive these Course Materials

  • Digital access to our book, The Color Vowel Approach;
  • Our Color Vowel pronunciation app, Blue Canoe (1 teacher license);
  • Recordings of each week’s session (for reinforcement or in case you have to miss a meeting);

Upon completing Color Vowel Basics, you will:

  • Receive your Level 1 Certificate reflecting 12 hours of study. This certificate recognizes you as a Level 1 Color Vowel® Trained Teacher. You will also receive a digital badge, perfect for your website, Linked In page, or other digital media.
  • Gain lifetime membership in vibrant online community of Color Vowel® educators;
  • Receive a digital Digital Image Pack containing Color Vowel images for classroom use.
  • Gain access to our exclusive online Color Vowel Digital Library containing dozens of digital and downloadable materials.

Technology Requirements for this course

Color Vowel Basics is an online course. To get the most out of your experience, you will need:

  • a Google account (if you have a Gmail account, you already have a Google account)
  • a video-equipped computer (so that you, your instructor, and your classmates can see one another)
  • a mobile device for filming yourself (a smartphone or tablet)
  • a tripod (optional, but very handy!)
  • a stable internet connection

We use Zoom software for our live meetings and FlipGrid as our video posting platform (where it’s easy to post your technique demonstration videos, comment on others’ demonstration videos, and receive feedback from your instructor).

I’m not very comfortable with learning/teaching online. Will someone be able to help me with tech questions?

No worries– we’re dedicated to all aspects of teaching and learning online, and that includes providing plenty of support before, during, and after any course you take with us. When you take Color Vowel Basics, you automatically become part of our dedicated community of teachers and support staff. We’ll help you with whatever question arises!

I’m not currently teaching or tutoring. May I still take this course?

Yes! Level 1 course and certificate requirements involve demonstrating the techniques taught in the Level 1 workshop and do not require a current classroom setting. This course is appropriate for those who are currently teaching as well as anyone who is preparing to teach — or new to teaching altogether!

Are there any discounts available?

We do our best to set affordable prices that keep our courses affordable while also compensating our talented instructors and covering our operating costs. We provide a generous group registration discount, so sign up for Color Vowel Basics with a friend or colleague! If you are a school administrator interested in training for your faculty, visit our Schools page to learn about our FAST and TOTAL training programs with volume pricing.

What happens after I complete the Basics?

When you take the Color Vowel Basics, you become part of our world-wide community of Color Vowel Teachers who teach English with our brain-based, learner-friendly strategies. Our Level 2 workshops support ongoing professional development and discovery, and provide our teachers with personalized coaching and support. Learn more about the Color Vowel Journey.

 

Sign up for the Basics!
Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics, Cohort 24
Jan 13-Feb 17, 2021 • Wednesdays 8-10 pm ET

Our 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. Learn more about this course on our Get Started page.

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics, Cohort 25
Jan 16-Feb 20, 2021 • Saturdays 10 am-12 noon ET

Our 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. View the full course description.

Course Instructor: Karen Taylor

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics, Cohort 26
Feb 4-Mar 11, 2021 • Thursdays 10am-12 noon ET

Our 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. Learn more about this course on our Get Started page.

Course Instructor: Karen Taylor

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“Upon discovering Color Vowel, I was never able to “unhear” it. In a world in which we depend so much on technology for answers, it is liberating to have a mental tool which instantly aids in mastering the sounds of English.”
Mariah Schuemann, University of Miami (FL)
“The Color Vowel Chart provides an anchor that lets students produce and make sense of sounds even when they're not able to fully, consciously explain a certain pronunciation. It's a thread that I've carried through my teaching career since 2008 and it just works.”
Megan Calvert, Montgomery College (MD)
“The Color Vowel Chart makes it easy to remember the essential English vowels and helps us notice how to shape our mouth and jaw to produce the sounds of English.”
Nao Matsuda, Blue Canoe Pronunciation Trainer (Japan)
“Color Vowel lifts the lid on the secrets of spoken English and gives learners clear, understandable, and effective tools for rapid improvement. It's simple, powerful, and approachable way to tackle some of the hardest aspects of teaching English.”
Laura McIndoo, Central New Mexico Community College (NM)
“For me, the concept of long and short vowels never really worked. The Color Vowel Approach gives me a set of accurate, non-technical vocabulary with which I can use to communicate with my students in a way that accesses multiple parts of their brain in order for them to perceive sounds that are not in their native language.”
Samantha Parkes, US State Department Specialist
“The Color Vowel Chart is deeper than it looks. The more phonological awareness a teacher has, the more that teacher can help learners develop their own phonological awareness.”
Ginessa Payne, Center for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University (TX)
“The Color Vowel Approach enables me to fine-tune individual and group instruction because I have a way of assessing their language needs better. It helps learners to access vocabulary with greater precision. ”
Kristyl Boies, K-12 Specialist, Steamboat Springs Public Schools (CO)
“By providing us with a vocabulary to talk with students about sounds in English, the Color Vowel Chart opens the doors to examining all of the most important aspects of English, including stress, intonation, spelling, irregular verbs, and lexical chunks.”
Rebecca Wilner, American University and DC Public Schools (DC)
“The Color Vowel Approach is a ground-breaking way to learn vocabulary by focusing on stressed vowel sounds. Understanding that is key to developing an accessible, working vocabulary.”
Robert Gole, Montgomery County Public Schools (MD)
“I love the Color Vowel Approach because it is compelling, accessible, and based in the science of learning according to how we process language in the brain. It gives learners a tangible system to hear the sounds of English through tools that help them overcome interference with their L1 in a fun and engaging way.”
Chelsea Olsen, VIPKid Tutor (MI)
“The beauty of Color Vowel is that it makes conversations about prosody and pronunciation accessible to learners of any age and any level.”
Jennifer Campion, ELTS Master Trainer (VA)
“I find the way the elements of your training sessions weave themselves together genuinely elegant. It isn't just a "bag of tricks to deal with different problems" … there’s a sense of integrality and completeness in what you have developed overall.”
Brock Brady, U.S. Peace Corps Specialist (Washington DC)
“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)
Upcoming Basics Courses
Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics, Cohort 24
Jan 13-Feb 17, 2021 • Wednesdays 8-10 pm ET

Our 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. Learn more about this course on our Get Started page.

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics, Cohort 25
Jan 16-Feb 20, 2021 • Saturdays 10 am-12 noon ET

Our 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. View the full course description.

Course Instructor: Karen Taylor

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics, Cohort 26
Feb 4-Mar 11, 2021 • Thursdays 10am-12 noon ET

Our 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. Learn more about this course on our Get Started page.

Course Instructor: Karen Taylor

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