Discover what's been missing from English language instruction.

Teach English phenomenally.
Register for our next free webinar
Teach English with Color Vowels: An Introduction for ESL/EFL Teachers
June 29, 2022 • 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.

Flexible training options

Get Started with Color Vowel

Interested in professional development for your school or language program? Visit our Schools page.

Select an option and register!
Color Vowel® Level 1 Basics
On Demand • asynchronous course

Color Vowel Basics© is an asynchronous, self-paced introduction to the Color Vowel® Approach. Complete four video-based modules and taking companion quizzes for each module at your own pace.

Color Vowel® Level 1 Practicum
Get certified! Choose a cohort with dates and times that work for you.

This live, interactive online course immerses you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe®. Expand your awareness as you master powerful, brain-based strategies for teaching learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency. Post technique practicum videos after each live session and receive personalized feedback from your Color Vowel® Coach.

Color Vowel® Certification will transform your teaching practice

This interactive online course brings Color Vowel® Basics to life by immersing you in the use the Color Vowel® Approach and our pronunciation app, Blue Canoe®. Expand your awareness as you master powerful, brain-based strategies for teaching learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, and oral fluency.

Color Vowel Level 1 Practicum

Course Objectives
  • Develop your own phonological awareness and explore phonemic stress as the central organizing feature of comprehensible spoken English;
  • Learn 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.
  • Receive your Color Vowel® Level 1 Certification upon completion of Color Vowel® Basics and the Teaching Practicum.
Course Materials
  • Access to all online activities used in class; turn around and use these with your learners!
  • Digital access to our book, The Color Vowel Approach;
  • Recordings of each week’s session (for reinforcement or in case you have to miss a meeting);
  • Premium access to Blue Canoe (1 teacher license)
Level 1 Certification includes Blue Canoe® training!

Color Vowel certified teachers know how to leverage the immense power of Blue Canoe.

 

Upon completing Color Vowel® Basics and the Color Vowel® Level 1 Practicum course, you will receive:

  • Your Level 1 Certificate reflecting 15 hours of study (the culmination of 6 hours from Color Vowel Basics plus another 9 hours invested in Practicum live sessions and technique demonstration tasks)
  • A digital badge, perfect for your website, Linked In page, or other digital media
  • A Digital Image Pack containing Color Vowel images for classroom use.
  • Access to our exclusive online Color Vowel Digital Library containing dozens of digital and downloadable materials.
  • Lifetime membership in vibrant online community of Color Vowel® educators;

Technology Requirements for this course

All of our courses are delivered online. To get the most out of your experience, you will need:

  • 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 stable internet connection

We use Zoom software for our live meetings.

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

We are 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 study with ELTS, you automatically become part of our dedicated community of teachers and support staff. We will help you with whatever question arises.

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

Yes! The technique practicum involves 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?

ELTS is committed to offering game-changing professional development that is both affordable for teachers and sustainable for our company. To arrange professional development for an instructional team, visit our Schools page.

What happens after I complete Level 1?

Level 1 Certification means belonging to a 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.

 

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)
“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)

If you have a question about Color Vowel Basics, please complete the form below.


Subscribe to Our Mailing List

to receive our monthly newsletter

© English Language Training Solutions. Color Vowel® is a registered trademark. All rights reserved.