Readers Theater: Rehearsing for Fluency

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Discover how Readers Theater brings the written word to life while supporting English learner comprehensibility and speaking confidence.

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Readers Theater (RT) is a group read-aloud in which individuals perform level-appropriate scripts to tell a story cooperatively. Participants will learn how RT supports development of the learner’s external reading voice (rate, vocabulary, and pronunciation/ comprehensibility) as well as their “internal” reading voice (the voice they “hear” when reading silently), thereby strengthening both oral fluency and reading fluency.

Participants will learn how to guide students through a Readers Theater project from preparation to presentation. They will explore ways that maximize the repetition and noticing necessary to improve fluency in both reading and speaking. Participants will also review the suprasegmental skills of speaking: thought groups, focus words, linking, reduction, and intonation.

This Level 2 workshop is open to teachers who have completed the Color Vowel Basics course and received their Level 1 certificate as a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher. It is also open to those who have not yet earned Level 1 certification but have at least attended a Color Vowel intro webinar. Level 2 credit will be awarded once those participants have earned their Level 1 certificate.

Workshop Dates

  • Tuesday, February 8: 1-2:30 pm ET
  • Tuesday, February 15: 1-2:30 pm ET
  • Tuesday, February 22: 1-2:30 pm ET
  • Tuesday, March 1: 1-2:30 pm ET

All sessions occur online through Zoom, are recorded, and are posted in a private YouTube playlist for those who have to miss part or all of a session. The workshop is designed for live interaction but can be taken asynchronously with permission from Color Vowel. Contact us at customersupport@colorvowel.com if you have questions.

Curriculum and Materials

A deep understanding of the Color Vowel Chart is not necessary for this course, as much of the material deals with features of English pronunciation beyond individual sounds and words. However, it would be helpful to have an overall understanding of the Approach and how to use and mark stress using Color Vowels.

You will need a Color Vowel Chart for reference as well as a copy of a Color Vowel Organizer, both of which are downloadable from our website. You will also find it helpful to have access to a printer in order to print out copies of handouts and scripts during the course.


Unlike other Color Vowel workshops, most homework in this course will be written. Participants are urged to complete each week’s assignments before the next session as we will be using these assignments as a basis for discussion and reflection.


Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a Level 2 Workshop Certificate reflecting 6 hours of instruction. This course fulfills one of multiple requirements of Level 2 certification.

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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 pronunciation 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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