Upcoming Color Vowel Basics Workshops

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The Color Vowel Basics” one-day workshop will transform your approach and engage your students like never before.

Color Vowel® Basics Workshop • Miami FL

Saturday, May 11, 2019 • 9 am – 4 pm

Instructors: Mariah Schuemann & Shirley Thompson
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Not sure if the Color Vowel Basics workshop is right for you?

Have you ever struggled with:

  • teaching English pronunciation
  • convincing your students to speak up in class
  • teaching English spelling to your learners
  • expanding your students’ working vocabulary

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 language teaching method that harnesses visual, kinesthetic, logical, and musical learning strategies.

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.

See the color vowel chart in action:


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!

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Color Vowel® Basics Workshop with Online Practicum

Saturday, May 11, 2019 – Miami, FL

Location: Miami, FL
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Save 30% now with code: FL30save

Register Now!

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.

New Teaching Techniques

Experience powerful classroom games and activities that boost learner engagement while building phonemic awareness.


Shirley Thompson is co-author of the Color Vowel Chart. As our Master Trainer, she designs trainings and oversees our Training of Trainers program. Shirley began her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Bénin and Togo, West Africa, where she taught middle and high school students. Shirley taught for 25 years in the Department of English as a Foreign Language at the George Washington University, where she specialized in ESL writing and pronunciation instruction.


Mariah Schuemann earned her MA from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey and her BA from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Mariah is a Faculty Lecturer at the University of Miami and currently serves on the board for Sunshine State TESOL. Schuemann has been working, both domestically and internationally, in higher education and TESOL since 2004.


Liz Bigler has taught English as a Second Language 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 to “be understood…the first time.”  An experienced teacher trainer, Liz organizes retreats and conferences for teachers Adult ESL in and around Atlanta, Georgia.

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 Facbook).
  • Receive member access to downloadable resources in our Teachers’ Lounge.
  • Gain lifetime membership in our vibrant online community of Color Vowel® educators.


  • All participants receive a Certificate of Participation reflecting 6 hours of professional development.
  • You will receive instructions for earning your Level 1 Certificate as a Color Vowel® Trained Teacher.

Color Vowel® Basics Workshop with Online Practicum

Saturday, May 11, 2019 – Miami, FL

Location: Miami, FL
Time: 9 am – 4 pm
Save 30% now with code: FL30save

Register Now!

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