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Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics + Practicum • Online

English Language Training Solutions

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 12:30 PM - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)

Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics + Practicum • Online

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Teach English Pronunciation 24 Registrations May 5, 2019 $395.00 $25.68

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Level 1 Online: Color Vowel® Basics

During this 6-week online course, you will learn how to use the Color Vowel® Approach to improve your learners' pronunciation, vocabulary development, oral fluency, and speaking confidence. Each week you will submit practicum videos of yourself teaching with the techniques you have learned, and you will receive personalized feedback.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how the human brain processes second language speech and why long-lasting pronunciation improvement requires the use multi-modal, brain-based instructional strategies;

  • Discover phonemic stress as the central organizing feature of comprehensible spoken English.

  • 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;

  • Learn essential Color Vowel® instructional techniques: modeling, kinesthetic signaling, categorization, acoustic flooding, anchoring, and rhythm practice;

  • Improve your teaching by receiving personalized feedback on your submitted practicum videos

  • Complete practicum requirements to earn our Level 1 certificate: Color Vowel® Trained Teacher.


Course Schedule

Our weekly live meetings will take place on Tuesdays from May 7, 2019 - June 11, 2019.

  • Tuesday, May 7, 2019: 12:30-2 p.m. ET (90 minutes)

  • Tuesday, May 14, 2019: 1-2 p.m. ET

  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019: 1-2 p.m. ET

  • Tuesday, May 28, 2019: 1-2 p.m. ET

  • Tuesday, June 4, 2019: 1-2 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019: 12:30 - 2 p.m. ET (90 minutes)

Each week's session will be recorded live and posted for replay (in case you cannot attend one or more of the live meetings). This course may be completed synchronously (live) or asynchronously (by watching recorded meetings) as long as you participate weekly and submit all assignments. Each week's assignment is due each Tuesday by 10 a.m. ET before the next week's meeting.

Course Materials and Online Activities

  • We will refer to our book, The Color Vowel Approach, throughout this course. Course materials are included with registration.

Technology Requirements for this course

To benefit from this course, you will need access to high-speed internet, and a video-equipped computer, and a 'smart' mobile device for filming yourself. We will use Zoom software for our live meetings and Flipgrid as our video platform (where you will upload technique demonstration videos, comment on others' demonstration videos, and receive feedback from your instructor). Each participant will need a Google account to access the course syllabus and to sign in to FlipGrid.

Level 1 Practicum: Earning your Level 1 Certificate as a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher

This course includes the practicum component for the Level 1 Certificate: Color Vowel® Trained Teacher. To complete your Level 1 Certificate, you will be guided during the course to:

  1. Complete your online application for the Level 1 Certificate (provided toward the end of this course).

  2. Receive passing evaluations on the practicum tasks completed during this course.

  3. Receive a passing score on the Level 1 Color Vowel® Skills & Knowledge Test. This short online quiz will be sent to you and completed during the final course meeting.

I'm not currently teaching or tutoring. Can I still participate in this course and the practicum?

Yes. Level 1 Certification requirements involve demonstrating the techniques taught in the Level 1 workshop and do not require a current classroom setting. This course is appropriate for practicing instructors as well as those who are preparing to teach.

Your Instructors:

  • Karen Taylor is co-author of The Color Vowel Chart and co-founder of English Language Training Solutions. She speaks English and Spanish.
  • Laura McIndoo is a master teacher and creator of Color it out!, our game-changing English pronunciation card game featuring Color Vowels. She teaches English as a Second Language at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She speaks English, Polish, and Spanish.

Learn more about us and the Color Vowel Approach.

Have questions about Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics + Practicum • Online? Contact English Language Training Solutions

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Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 12:30 PM - Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM (EDT)


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English Language Training Solutions

English Language Training Solutions (ELTS) is the training provider for the Color Vowel® Approach and publisher of The Color Vowel® Chart.

 

We take the "Solutions" part of our name seriously. ELTS co-founders Karen Taylor and Shirley Thompson, have solved a problem that has underscored the teaching of English for literally centuries: namely, the gap that divides our spoken language from its written form.

The problem of learning English is multifaceted:

1. English is a stress-timed language, yet the complex phenomenon of stress is mostly hidden from conscious noticing. Without training, many teachers and students work fruitlessly on the surface features of pronunciaiton while missing or underestimating stress as the single most important feature of spoken English. ELTS delivers breakthrough phonological awareness training in every Color Vowel® workshop. 

2. English is not a phonetically-written language. Words like cough, tough, though and through look similar but all sound different, while words like through, new and true look different but rhyme nonetheless. The Color Vowel® Chart solves this problem by flipping the traditional phonics approach, starting instead with phonemic stress as the fundamental touchstone for learning English.

3. Conventional terminology used for teaching English is misleading: ‘long’ and ‘short’ vowels are vestigial terms that describe phonemic features of Middle English but which are mostly meaningless in the context of Modern English. The Color Vowel® Approach establishes an easily accessible yet linguistically accurate language for talking about the vowel sounds and behaviors of spoken English.

With our innovative tools and techniques, ELTS is changing the way people talk about English, enabling teachers and learners to fuel progress with language awareness found through the use of concrete, high-yield learning strategies. Welcome to the Color Vowel® Approach!

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