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Spelling Exploration: A Level 2 Core Workshop

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Learn how taking a sound-based approach to spelling empowers learners to notice patterns and engage in life-long language discovery.

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In this 4-week online workshop, participants will:

  • Explore ‘the problem of English’ as it relates to teaching spelling in ESL/EFL contexts;
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the Color Vowel Organizer for the purpose of connecting the spoken and written word.
  • Learn how to lead learners in a sound-based "spelling exploration" through use of the Spelling Exploration Worksheet, a simple but powerful graphic organizer.
  • Conduct their own spelling explorations as a means of gaining practical insight into the way English works.

Workshop Dates

  • Tuesday, Feb 8, 8-9:30 pm ET
  • Tuesday, Feb 15, 8-9:30 pm ET
  • Tuesday, Feb 22, 8-9:30 pm ET
  • Tuesday, March 1, 8-9:30 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

We refer to The Color Vowel Approach (book), The Color Vowel Chart (graphic), and Blue Canoe (our AI-powered, Color Vowel-infused app) in all of our courses and workshops.

Workshop Tasks

Following Weeks 1, 2 and 3 of the workshop, participants are assigned a small number of performance-based tasks that require no more than 1 hour per week. The workshop and all tasks are managed through our course platform.

Certificate

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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