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.

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):

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

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Our Upcoming Events
Level 1: Color Vowel FAST Training
On Demand • asynchronous course

Color Vowel FAST© is an self-paced introduction to the Color Vowel® Approach. FAST training entails completing four video-based modules and taking companion quizzes for each module that you complete at your own pace. FAST training fulfills one of three requirements for Level 1 certification. Learn more about Level 1 certification requirements here.

Pure English Practice (PEP) Workout
Every month • 1st and 3rd Thursdays • 10-10:30 pm ET

Practice the rhythms and sounds of English and boost your speaking confidence with Pure English Practice, a brain-based pronunciation ‘workout’ for English learners. Teachers, invite your learners! Learners, invite your teachers! PEP happens on the first and third Thursday of each month.

To attend Pure English Practice, subscribe here. After subscribing, you will receive reminders and links for our next event.

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics Complete, Cohort 37
Jan 11 - Feb 8, 2022 • Tuesdays, 10-11:30 am ET

Color Vowel Complete combines asynchronous learning with live training to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 5-week course with Karen Taylor, you will learn how to use powerful, brain-based strategies to teach learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Color Vowel Complete fulfills ALL of the requirements for Level 1 certification.

Color Vowel Yoga: A Level 2 Core Workshop
Jan 11-Feb 1, 2022 • Tuesdays 8-9:30 pm ET

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

Color Vowel® Yoga is a collection of simple movements that parallel the movement of the jaw, lips, and tongue when producing the vowel sounds of English. These movements serve as physical anchors for producing sounds that the learner may not yet be able to perceive.

In this practice-based workshop, participants increase their own phonological awareness as they gain confidence in leading Vowel Yoga and learn when to use Vowel Yoga as an instructional intervention.

Instructor: Karen Taylor

Fridays@Five: Boosting learner engagement with Color Vowel®
January 14, 2022 • Friday 5-6 pm ET

Guest speakers Aviva Katzanell (Florida Atlantic University) and Chelsea Hurkmans (Marinette School District, Michigan) will share their creative projects and tips for leveraging Color Vowel® beyond the lesson to connect learners with other learners, their school or program, and/or with their community.

Teach English with Color Vowels: An Introduction for ESL/EFL Teachers
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 • 2-3 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.

Grammaring the Color Vowel® Way: A 1-day workshop with Jennifer Campion
Saturday, January 29, 2022 • 10 am-2 pm ET

This one-day workshop explores how the Color Vowel® Approach can enhance your English grammar instruction. You will leave the workshop with activities and techniques that you can implement in your classroom right away.

Level 2 Coaching Practicum
Feb 3 - Mar 10, 2022 • Thursdays, 1-3 pm ET

Gain pronunciation coaching experience and insight throughout this 6-week experience. Working closely with your practicum mentor and coaching cohort, you will lead select class activities and provide feedback to between 1-3 students enrolled in the Speak Confidently!, pronunciation course taught by Karen Taylor.

Prerequisite: Coaching Practicum candidates must have completed all three Level 2 Core workshops, including Color Vowel Yoga, Spelling Exploration, and Rhythm & Chants.

Readers Theater: A Level 2 Elective Workshop
Feb 8 - Mar 1, 2022 • Tuesdays, 1-2:30 pm ET

Readers Theater (RT) is a group read-aloud in which individuals perform level-appropriate scripts to tell a story cooperatively. Participants will learn how RT supports development of the learner’s external reading voice (rate, vocabulary, and pronunciation/ comprehensibility) as well as their “internal” reading voice (the voice they “hear” when reading silently), thereby strengthening both oral fluency and reading fluency.

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.

Instructor: Jennifer Campion

Spelling Exploration: A Level 2 Core Workshop
Feb 8 - Mar 1, 2022 • Tuesdays, 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.

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics Complete, Cohort 38
Feb 9 - Mar 9, 2022 • Wednesdays 7-8:30 pm ET

Color Vowel Complete combines asynchronous learning with live training to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 5-week course with Karen Taylor, you will learn how to use powerful, brain-based strategies to teach learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Color Vowel Complete fulfills ALL of the requirements for Level 1 certification.

Speak Confidently: A English pronunciation course for non-native speakers
Feb 10 - Mar 10, 2022 • Thursdays 1-2:30 pm ET

This course is for non-native English-speaking teachers and advanced learners who wish to increase their comprehensibility and confidence in spoken English.

In this 5-session practice-based course taught by Karen Taylor and her team of Color Vowel Level 2 Coaches, 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.

Rhythm & Chants: A Level 2 Workshop
April 5 - 26, 2022 • Tuesdays, 8-9:30 pm ET

Learn how to preview, lead, and close chants with learners using existing chants and modified chants. Workshop participants will:

  • Learn how chants support brain-based language learning;
  • Practice priming, 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.
Sound Awareness: A Level 2 Elective Workshop
Mar 11 - Apr 18, 2022 • Fridays 1-2:30 pm ET

Robin Barr, PhD

Phonological awareness is a person’s awareness of the sounds, rhythms, and intonations they use when speaking and understanding how spoken English differs from written English.

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 Color Vowel Yoga, a Level 2 workshop.

Instructor: Dr. Robin Barr

Fridays@Five: Blue Canoe Success Forum
March 25, 2022 • Friday, 5-6 pm ET

Blue Canoe® is a powerful mobile app for improved English pronunciation and speaking confidence. Collect practical tips from teachers who have integrated Blue Canoe into their courses and inspired their learners to engage in daily practice. View past sessions of the Blue Canoe Success Forum.

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics Complete • Cohort 39
April 7 - May 5, 2021 • Thursdays, 11 am-12:30 pm ET

Color Vowel Complete combines asynchronous learning with live training to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 5-week course with Karen Taylor, you will learn how to use powerful, brain-based strategies to teach learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Color Vowel Complete fulfills ALL of the requirements for Level 1 certification.

Colorful Integrations: Bringing ESL/EFL textbooks to life
June 2-30, 2022 • Thursdays, 10-11:30 am ET

During this 4-week workshop with Karen Taylor and Shirley Thompson, participants will:

  • Identify the strengths and limitations of print and online materials;
  • Use Color Vowel mark-ups to enhance activities;
  • Adapt textbook activities to boost speaking practice opportunities;
  • Enhance textbook content through the use of rhythms and chants;
  • Create simple online activities enhanced with Color Vowel images and references.
Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics Complete • Cohort 40
May 3 - 31, 2022 • Tuesdays, 8-9:30 pm ET

Color Vowel Complete combines asynchronous learning with live training to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 5-week course with Karen Taylor, you will learn how to use powerful, brain-based strategies to teach learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Color Vowel Complete fulfills ALL of the requirements for Level 1 certification.

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