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

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Learn more about each Color Vowel.

View the entire Color Vowel Yoga video series.

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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):

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

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Our Upcoming Events
Teaching ESL/EFL with Color Vowel®: An Introduction
February 26, 2021: Friday, 12 noon-1 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 webinar.

Fridays at Five: Ask the Linguist, with Dr. Robin Barr
February 26, 2021 • Friday, 5-6 pm ET

Robin Barr, PhDEvery fourth Friday, we gather to ask Dr. Barr our language-related questions. This session is open to all.

Dr. Robin Bar is Linguist in Residence at American University, Lead Instructor at the Washington Literacy Center, and Lead Phonologist at ELTS/Color Vowel.

Rhythm and Chants: a Level 2 Core Workshop
March 4-25, 2020 • Thursdays 1-2:30 pm ET

During this workshop for Level 1 Color Vowel Trained teachers, participants will learn to lead and create rhythmic chants as brain-based interventions to improve English learner pronunciation and boost speaking confidence. Through their participation in four live online sessions, workshop participants will:

  • Practice pre-teaching, leading and closing a chant with clear gestures;
  • Master three Color Vowel chants and their variations;
  • Create two new chants using tried-and-true chant-writing ‘recipes’;
  • Learn when and where chants are most effective in a lesson.
Pure Practice: A Pronunciation Workout
March 4, 2021 • Thursday 10-10:30 pm ET

Practice the rhythms and sounds of English and boost your speaking confidence with Pure Practice, a brain-based pronunciation ‘workout’ for English learners. Teachers, invite your learners! Learners, invite your teachers!

Phonological Awareness: A Level 2 Elective Workshop
March 5-26, 2021 • Fridays 2-3:30 pm ET

Robin Barr, PhDPhonological awareness is a person’s awareness of the sounds, rhythms, and intonations they use when speaking.

In this practice-based workshop, Dr. Robin Barr will lead participants through a series of discovery activities and mini-lectures aimed at increasing teachers’ phonological awareness for the purpose of English language teaching.

This Level 2 workshop is open to Level 1 certified teachers and is recommended to those who have completed at least one Level 2 Core workshop.

Teaching Vocabulary beyond word lists: A Level 2 Elective Workshop
March 6-27, 2021 • Saturdays, 10-11:30 am ET

Do you dread having to teach vocabulary? Do your students seem to forget vocabulary as soon as you move on to the next unit? In this 4-session workshop, we will approach vocabulary from a sound perspective to appreciate how word learning intersects with pronunciation, collocation, and the aural context. Participants will gain practical strategies to boost learner retention through both incidental and deliberate teaching.

This Level 2 workshop is open to Level 1 certified teachers and is recommended to those who have completed at least one Level 2 Core workshop.

Instructor: Jennifer Campion, Color Vowel Master Trainer

Speak to Teach Effectively: Strategies for foreign-born teachers
March 9-April 6, 2021 • Tuesdays 10-11:30 am

Are you one of the more than 857,000 foreign-born immigrant teachers working in the US? Do you ever wonder if your students understand your instruction? Have you ever felt that students notice your accent much more than what you’re trying to teach them?

In this 5-part online workshop, you will learn powerful strategies for speaking more effectively in both remote and face-to-face settings. Expert teacher educator and pronunciation coach Dr. Lara Wallace will introduce you to practical, effective techniques that will help you be better understood. Group discussion and individual practice are featured in each live session.

Fridays At Five: Color Vowel Show & Tell
March 12, 2021 • Friday, 5-6 pm ET

Share and enjoy Color Vowel successes and anecdotes in this collaborative session for Color Vowel enthusiasts and newcomers alike.

Readers Theater: A Level 2 Elective Workshop
April 3-24, 2021 • Saturdays, 10-11:30 am ET

Discover how Readers Theater brings the written word to life while supporting English learner comprehensibility and speaking confidence. In this Level 2 elective workshop, Master Trainer Jennifer Campion will introduce participants to Readers Theater and guide them through the steps and strategies involved in implementing RT in the ESL/EFL classroom.

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics, Cohort 27
April 7-28, 2021 • Wednesdays 8-9:30 pm ET

This 4-week course immerses you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. 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 28
April 8-29, 2021 • Thursdays, 11 am-12:30 pm ET

This 4-week, 12-hour course immerses you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. 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.

Colorful Integrations: Bringing ESL/EFL textbooks to life
April 8-29, 2021 • Thursdays, 1-2:30 pm ET

In this 4-week online workshop facilitated by Shirley Thompson, co-author of The Color Vowel Chart, participants will learn about and exchange ideas related to:

  • Identifying the strengths and limitations of an ESL/EFL textbook;
  • Recognizing activity types that can easily be adapted for speaking practice;
  • Using simple Color Vowel mark-ups to enhance textbook activities;
  • Using more advanced mark-ups to scaffold students’ effective use of intonation, linking, reduction, and blending in their spoken English;
  • Applying all of these strategies to a chapter or unit in a textbook of the participant’s choosing as part of a culminating project.
Level 1: Color Vowel Basics • Cohort 29
May 5-26, 2021 • Wednesdays 10-11:30 am ET

This 4-week course immerses you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. 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.

Color Vowel Yoga: A Level 2 Core Workshop
May 5-26, 2021 • Wednesdays 8-9:30 pm ET

Increase your phonological awareness and gain confidence in the use of this powerful brain-based instructional technique.

Pronunciation for English Teachers (PET)
May 6-June 3, 2021 • Thursdays 8-9:30 pm ET

This course is for non-native English-speaking teachers (NNESTs) who wish to increase their own confidence with English pronunciation.

In this 5-session practice-based course taught by a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher, 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 confident in their spoken English.

Spelling Exploration: A Level 2 Core Workshop
June 2-23, 2021 • Wednesdays, 8-9:30 pm ET

Learn how taking a sound-based approach to spelling empowers learners to notice patterns and engage in life-long language discovery.

Rhythm & Chants: A Level 2 Workshop
Aug 4-25, 2021 • Wednesdays 8-9:30 pm ET

Learn how to preview, lead, and close chants with learners using existing chants and modified chants.

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