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

English Language Training Solutions

Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 8:00 PM - Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10:00 PM (EDT)

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Teach English Pronunciation 12 Registrations Apr 26, 2020 $495.00 $31.77

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Level 1: Color Vowel® Basics Online with Blue Canoe® Training
Instructor: Karen Taylor

This 16-hour online course immerses you in the 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 through written comments and video feedback. This course is appropriate for English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL)  and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers and pronunciation/accent coaches who are partnering with Color Vowel/ELTS and 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;

  • Explore 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;

  • Learn how to maximize the power of Blue Canoe® with your students to accelerate their pronunciation improvement.

Course Schedule

Our weekly live meetings will take place on:

  • Thursday, April 23, 2020: 8-10 pm ET (New York Time)

  • Thursday, April 30, 2020: 8-10 pm ET

  • Thursday, May 7, 2020: 8-10 pm ET

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020: 8-10 pm ET

  • Thursday, May 21, 2020: 8-10 pm ET
  • Thursday, May 28, 2020: 8-10 pm ET

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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 in a timely manner. Each week's assignment is due 48 before the next live meeting.

Course Materials and Actions

  • Receive a digital copy of our book, The Color Vowel Approach;

  • 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 through FlipGrid and Google Docs;

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

  • Receive a Certificate of Participation reflecting 16 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.

  • Receive a digital Color Vowel Digital Image Pack containing images for classroom use.

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 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). It is advantageous to have a Google account as an easy means of accessing the course syllabus, submitting assignments, and signing in to FlipGrid.

Level 1 Certificate Practicum

This course includes weekly video tasks that satisfy the practicum component of the Level 1 certificate. The tasks are completed independently and outside the classroom context, focusing on your mastery of key techniques and demonstration of language awareness. Your Practicum Coach reviews each video and leaves helpful feedback to ensure that you reach sufficient proficiency with each task so that you are eligible for the Level 1 Certificate by the end of the course. We strongly encourate participants to stay on track with each week's practicum tasks. In the event that you are unable to complete a task on time, you may submit it late, but all practicum tasks must be completed within 2 weeks of the final course meeting.

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.

Learn more about us and the Color Vowel Approach.

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Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 8:00 PM - Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10:00 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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