Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics with Blue Canoe Training • Online

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Level 1 Online: Color Vowel® Basics

This 16-hour online course teaches you how to use the Color Vowel® Approach and our English pronunciation app, Blue Canoe, for improved learner pronunciation, vocabulary development, oral fluency, and speaking confidence. Each week includes a live webinar and practicum tasks in which you post videos of yourself demonstrating the techniques you have learned. You receive personalized feedback on each assignment. This course is appropriate for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers, English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers, and pronunciation/accent coaches who are partnering with Blue Canoe®.

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;

  • Use Blue Canoe® with your students to accelerate their pronunciation improvement;

  • Receive personalized feedback on weely technique video assignments;

  • Earn your Level 1 certificate as a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher with Blue Canoe training.

Course Schedule

Our weekly live meetings will take place on Mondays from August 5-September 9, 2019 Eastern Time (New York).

  • Monday, August 5, 2019: 9-11 p.m. p.m. ET // in Japan: Tuesday, August 6 (10 a.m.-12 noon)

  • Monday, August 12, 2019: 9-11 p.m. p.m. ET // in Japan: Tuesday, August 13 (10 a.m.-12 noon)

  • Monday, August 19, 2019: 9-11 p.m. p.m. ET // in Japan: Tuesday, August 20 (10 a.m.-12 noon)

  • Monday, August 26, 2019: 9-11 p.m. p.m. ET // in Japan: Tuesday, August 27 (10 a.m.-12 noon)

  • Monday, September 2, 2019: 9-11 p.m. p.m. ET// in Japan: Tuesday, September 3 (10 a.m.-12 noon)

  • Monday, September 9, 2019: 9-11 p.m. p.m. ET// in Japan: Tuesday, September 10 (10 a.m.-12 noon)

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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 48 before the next live meeting.

Course Materials and Actions

  • Receive a digital copy of the the Color Vowel Apporach;

  • Receive access to the Blue Canoe app (1 teacher license);

  • Access a recording of each week's session (for reinforcement or in case you have to miss a meeting);

  • Complete weekly video-based assignments (uploaded to FlipShare, feedback provided weekly);

  • Gain lifetime membership in vibrant online community of Color Vowel® educators;

  • Receive a Certificate of Participation reflecting 12 hours of interactive participation;

  • Earn your Level 1 Certificate as a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher and our digital badge -- perfect for your website, Linked In page, or other digital media.

Technology Requirements for this course

To benefit from this course, you will need access to high-speed internet, and a video-equipped computer and/or mobile device for filming yourself. We will use Zoom software for our live meetings and FlipShare 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 Certificate Practicum

This course includes weely video tasks that satisfy the practicum component of the Level 1 certificate. To complete your Level 1 Certificate after this course has ended, you must:

  1. Submit your completed application for the Level 1 Certificate.

  2. Receive a passing score on the Level 1 Color Vowel® Skills & Knowledge Test.

I'm not currently teaching or tutoring. Can I still apply for Level 1 Certification?

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 not currently teaching or who are preparing to teach.

Your Instructors: Karen Taylor de Caballero and Laura McIndoo

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