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Level 1 Online: Color Vowel® Basics

English Language Training Solutions

Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 12:30 PM - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

Level 1 Online: Color Vowel® Basics

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Teach English Pronunciation
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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 videos of yourself teaching the concepts you have learned, and get personalized feedback. This course is appropriate for English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers and volunteers.

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 teaching videos

  • Be prepared to earn your Level 1 certificate as a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher.

Course Schedule

Our weekly live meetings will take place on Tuesdays from January 8, 2019 - February 12, 2019.

  • Tuesday, January 8, 2019: 12:30-2 p.m. ET (90 minutes)

  • Tuesday, January 15, 2019: 1-2 p.m. ET

  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019: 1-2 p.m. ET

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019: 1-2 p.m. ET
  • Tuesday, February 5, 2019: 1-2 p.m. ET

  • Tuesday, February 12, 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 Sunday by 10 p.m. ET before the next week's meeting.

Course Materials

  • Receive the Color Vowel Teacher's Starter Kit, including The Color Vowel Approach, chart, and image cards. ($50 value)

  • 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 9 hours of interactive participation.

  • Become eligible to earn your Level 1 Certificate as a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher.

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). You should be familiar with recording your own video, basic editing (with tools available on your smartphone), and uploading videos.

Level 1 Certificate Option: Become a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher

This course will prepare you to apply for your Level 1 Certificate as a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher. To complete your Level 1 Certificate, you must:

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

  2. Receive a passing evaluation of your Color Vowel® Technique Demonstration Portfolio, consisting of five technique demonstration videos (based on the Level 1 workshop) and one spoken reflection (with reflection questions provided in advance).

  3. Receive a passing score on the Level 1 Color Vowel® Skills & Knowledge Test. This is a timed short-answer written test consisting of five questions.

A $50 application fee for the Level 1 Certificate will be waived if you submit your complete Technique Demonstration Portfolio within two weeks of your Level 1 workshop date.

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 Instructor: 
Liz Bigler photoLiz Bigler has been teaching ESL people for nearly 30 years and specializes in teaching Japanese speakers of English. Her independent business, Bigler ESL, is based in Atlanta and helps Japanese people of all ages and levels “be understood…the first time.”  She is also a teacher trainer and organizes retreats and conferences for teachers of English for adults.

With a master’s degree in Applied Linguistics and ESL from Georgia State University, Liz has studied teaching pronunciation with a variety of approaches, but none have impressed and interested her the way the Color Vowel Approach has. She enjoys discovering different ways to implement and integrate the approach and finds more and more that it resonates with students of any level and background. She’s thrilled to be part of the movement to introduce teachers to this innovative method in the world of teaching.

Learn more about us and the Color Vowel Approach.

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

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 12:30 PM - Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 2:00 PM (EST)

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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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