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 29
May 5-26, 2021 • Wednesdays 10-11:30 am ET

Color Vowel COMPLETE combines live training with asynchronous learning to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 4-week course, 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
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.

What about Consonants?: A Level 2 Elective Workshop
May 6-17, 2021 • Thursdays 1-2:30 pm ET

English has 24 distinct consonant sounds. It’s easy to think that we should teach all of them, but what if you discovered that some consonants just don’t matter so much?

Research shows that some consonants are more important than others when it comes to being understood. Which consonants matter most? Which matter least? Join Karen Taylor as we explore consonants in this light. We’ll listen to examples of English L2 accentedness and comprehensibility while taking in the highlights of functional load research and practicing strategies for teaching tricky consonant sounds.

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.

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.

Fridays at Five: What’s a digital MakerSpace? Come and see!
May 7, 2021 • Friday, 5-6 pm ET

After attending a national conference about digital “makerspaces”, Xavier Muñoz and Rachel Riggs decided to bring the idea home by creating an online space where teachers could experiment with everything fom Padlet to Jamboard while doing something for the common good. They took well-respected print activities from the Minnesota Literacy Council’s arhives, digitalized the activities for online learning, and enhanced the content with Color Vowel mark ups and images. Come see what how this project was a win-win-win!

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics Complete, Cohort 30
May 8-29, 2021 • Saturdays 10am-11:30 ET

Color Vowel COMPLETE combines live training with asynchronous learning to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 4-week course, 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.

FREE WEBINAR: What English Learners need to succeed
May 18, 2021: Tuesday, 8-9 pm ET

Discover what makes learning English such a challenge and discover three simple yet powerful ways to help your learners.

Join Karen Taylor, co-author of the Color Vowel Chart, and discover what makes learning English such a challenge. Karen will introduce you to three simple yet powerful strategies that will help your learners immediately.

Training discounts will be made available to you during this event.

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.

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics Complete, Cohort 31
June 8-29, 2021 • Tuesdays 8-9:30 pm ET

Color Vowel COMPLETE combines live training with asynchronous learning to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 4-week course, 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.

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics Complete, Cohort 32
July 7-28, 2021 • Wednesdays, 10-11:30 am ET

Color Vowel COMPLETE combines live training with asynchronous learning to immerse you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe. During this 4-week course, 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.

Teaching Vocabulary beyond word lists: A Level 2 Elective Workshop
June 10-July 1, 2021 • Thursdays, 2-3:30 pm 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

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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