Interact with the Chart

The Color Vowel® Chart is more than a visual tool; it is the powerful touchstone of the Color Vowel® Approach, a collection of powerful brain-based strategies for discovering, practicing, and mastering the rhythm and sound of English.

Click on each Color to hear the vowel sound

 

Learn more about each Color Vowel.

View the entire Color Vowel Yoga video series.

Our Color Vowel app is here! Blue Canoe combines AI and speech recognition with Color Vowel-infused feedback to provide users with real-time feedback on their spoken English.

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The Color Vowel® Chart was created by Karen Taylor and Shirley Thompson in 1999. The charts below serve as a brief visual history of the Color Vowel Chart while providing you with continued audio-enhanced access to the vowel sounds of English.

 

The 4th Edition Color Vowel Chart (2015):

 

The 3rd Edition (2012) Western US Chart (2012):

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.

From the Blog
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Summer Resolutions and My Color Vowel Life

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February 13, 2018
What Color Do You Hear?

The idea of ‘hearing’ a color — or coloring a sound, for that matter– may seem foreign at first, but…

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May 25, 2016
5 Vowel Letters vs. 15 Vowel Sounds: What’s a Teacher to do?

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