Upcoming Color Vowel Basics Workshops

Color Vowel® co-author Karen Taylor address three common misconceptions about teaching English by way of describing Color Vowel Basics.

Washington DC • Saturday, August 10, 2019

Location: Washington Literacy Center, Washington DC
Time:       9 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Albuquerque NM • Saturday, August 24, 2019

Location: Homewood Suites
Time:       9 a.m.-4 p.m.
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Not sure if the Color Vowel Basics workshop is right for you?

Have you ever struggled with:

  • teaching English sounds and pronunciation
  • reaching newcomers and other seemingly timid students
  • expanding your students’ working vocabulary
  • convincing your students to speak up in class
  • explaining spelling to your learners

If so, Color Vowel Basics is designed especially for you.

In fact, you’ve found your tribe! Join the thousands of teachers world-wide who have helped their students succeed in learning English with the Color Vowel Approach!

The Color Vowel Approach is a brain-based language teaching method that harnesses the power of visual, kinesthetic, and musical learning strategies to support real growth and real confidence.

Featuring the Color Vowel Chart as a compelling visual organizer for spoken English, this unique research-based approach helps teachers and learners bridge the gap between spoken and written English.

Explore our audio-interactive Color Vowel Chart.


Our exclusive workshops provide educators with the crucial awareness and skills they need in order to be truly effective English language teachers. Please don’t wait. Our workshops have limited space and sell out fast!

Color Vowel® Basics Workshops

Washington DC • Saturday, August 10, 2019

Location: Washington Literacy Center, Washington DC
Time:       9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Register Now!


Albuquerque NM • Saturday, August 24, 2019

Location: Homewood Suites, Albuquerque NM
Time:       9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Register Now!


Teacher Starter Kit

FREE Teacher Starter Kit

Learn how to best use the Color Vowel educational products that support English language teaching for learner success in vocabulary development, oral proficiency, reading, and spelling.

Hands-on Training

Mirror and practice essential Color Vowel instructional techniques: anchoring, kinesthetic signaling, categorization, and acoustic flooding.

Online Practicum

As a follow-on to your face-to-face workshop, you can complete your practicum online and earn your Level 1 certificate as a Color Vowel Trained Teacher.

Meet Your Color Vowel Trainers

Jennifer Campion (Washington DC)

Jennifer began teaching English over 35 years ago as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco where she taught English as a Foreign Language in Oued Zem and Rabat for three years. As a volunteer leader in her third year of service, she traveled throughout Morocco observing and advising other TEFL volunteers. Upon returning to the U.S., she worked as a documentation specialist for a civil engineering firm and for NASA’s Office of Space Flight.

Jennifer returned to ESL instruction in 2003 when she became an adjunct in the American Culture and Language Institute part-time and IEP programs at Northern Virginia Community College, teaching core skills and specialty classes. She is currently working as an English language instructor with the Panama Bilingüe program at American University in Washington, D.C. She became a Master Trainer for the Color Vowel Chart approach in 2018. Jennifer has a B.A. in French from Lynchburg College and will graduate later this year with Master’s degree in TESOL from American University.

Laura McIndoo (Albuquerque NM)

Laura is an ESL instructor and mentor teacher at Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Laura has been teaching for 20 years, including seven years in Greece and Poland. She is currently co-president of the New Mexico TESOL Association (NMTESOL).

Laura discovered the Color Vowel chart at a local conference in 2014 and was inspired. With her talent in graphic design skills and a love of play, Laura partnered with Color Vowel Chart authors Karen Taylor and Shirley Thompson in 2015 to create Color it out!, a spoken card game that supports English pronunciation and literacy while bringing people together.

Karen Taylor (Silver Spring MD)

Karen is co-author of the Color Vowel Chart. She holds a BA in English Literature from Georgetown University and a Master’s Degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Originally from California, Karen has lived and worked in Venezuela, Namibia, and Mexico, where she served as a Fulbright TEFL specialist. She spent 12 years in the Washington DC area, teaching English and teaching teachers at University of Maryland, American University, and the Arlington Education & Employment Program. Karen is Director at ELTS and heads the Education Team at Blue Canoe.


Still not sure if the Color Vowel Basics workshop is right for you?

See what other educators are saying!

“I can’t thank you enough for an amazing experience [at Color Vowel Basics] this weekend. The Color Vowel Approach provides the strategy and structure I was looking for on behalf of my students. I can’t wait to begin sharing it with them [next week]. The work you have done is truly remarkable. It’s true that simplicity lies at the far side of complexity.”

Amy Reavey, Literacy Volunteer (NJ)


“I find the way the elements of your training sessions weave themselves together genuinely elegant. It isn’t just a “bag of tricks to deal with different problems” … there’s a sense of integrality and completeness in what you have developed overall.”

Brock Brady, U.S. Peace Corps Specialist (Washington DC)


“I feel like I took a quantum leap in my quest to learn the English language after I attended your class today!”

Ricardo Castaño, ESL Volunteer Tutor, Maryland


“Interesting, fun, and I met people I look forward to keeping in touch with. So many ‘Ah ha!’ moments. Loved it.”

TESOL PCI Participant, Toronto (2015)


Once you have completed your one day workshop it doesn’t end there! You’ll be a part of our growing international community of teachers, volunteers and community leaders. We are here to support each other through our closed Color Vowel Facebook group and our online Teacher Lounge resource library. All FREE with your workshop completion!

Course Content

This Level 1 workshop provides the practice and guidance needed to effectively begin teaching with the Color Vowel® Approach. At the completion of the workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • 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;
  • Experience and practice using four essential Color Vowel® instructional techniques: modeling with kinesthetic signaling, categorization, acoustic flooding, anchoring, and rhythm practice.

Course Benefits

  • Receive the Color Vowel Teacher’s Starter Kit (handbook, chart, image cards).
  • Engage in a pre-workshop discussion leading up to the workshop (via Facebook).
  • Receive member access to downloadable resources in our Teachers’ Lounge.
  • Gain lifetime membership in our vibrant online community of Color Vowel® educators.


  • Participants receive a Certificate of Participation reflecting 10-16 hours of professional development (including the practicum component.
  • Upon completion of practicum, you will receive your Level 1 Certificate as a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher.

Upcoming Workshops

College Station TX • Saturday, September 28, 2019

Location: HUB Collaborative Offices
Time: 9 am-4 pm
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Charlottesville VA • Saturday, October 18, 2019

Location: Speak! Language Center
Time:       9 a.m.-4 p.m.
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