October 26, 2017 – Blue Canoe Learning today announced it has raised an initial $1.4M investment from Kernel Labs and others, and has been accepted as the first company in the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2)’s new incubator program. Blue Canoe Learning is exclusively licensed by ELTS to digitize the Color Vowel system in apps for mobile learning. Learn more in these articles by GeekWire and Techrunch.
June 2017 – Our new Teachers’ Lounge is open! This password-protected space provides invested Color Vowel clients with free downloadable activities, technique demonstration videos, monthly webinars and more! Gain access to the Lounge by owning The Color Vowel Approach, available in the Teacher’s Starter Kit or the Fully-Equipped Classroom.
November 2016 – ELTS is proud to announce a new partnership with Blue Canoe Learning, a tech start-up based in Bellevue, WA. ELTS and Blue Canoe will work together to create innovative game-based pronunciation apps powered by voice recognition and machine learning.
October 2016 – Our second annual phonological awareness retreat was so much fun! Sound Awareness 2016 brought together 14 educators from 5 U.S. states and Japan. Highlights from our three days together included connecting music to phonological awareness, doing Color Vowel Yoga, and a special lecture by Dr. Robin Barr on the topic of regional accent variation.
June 2016 – Our professionally manufactured pronunciation card game is now ready! What we originally named “Color Vowel Duo” has been re-branded as Color it Out!™, and it is now available on in our online shop.
April 2016 – With the help of over 300 friends and fans, we surpassed our Kickstarter crowd-funding goal of $37,000. These funds enabled ELTS to professionally manufacture our revolutionary pronunciation card game for large-scale distribution while also covering legal costs associated with patent and trademark applications. View our Wall of Gratitude and feel the love!
March 2016 – The second edition of our teacher resource book is ready! Newly titled The Color Vowel Approach, this essential guide contains new lesson plans and sections on teaching grammar, vocabulary, and spelling.
November 2015 – We’ve posted a demonstration video for COLOR VOWEL® Duo with real learners demonstrating how the game works. Enjoy. [Note: In 2016, Color Vowel Duo was re-branded and manufactured as as Color it Out! Watch our new video!]
October 2015 – Meet our new edition of COLOR VOWEL® Memory: Personal Information. We think it’s pretty nifty!
September 2015 – New game! COLOR VOWEL® Memory is a matching game featuring themed vocabulary. Check out our first edition, Memory: Classroom Vocabulary. This download-and-print game is great with young readers and English Learners of all ages.
August 2015 – We’ve updated the COLOR VOWEL® Chart with a sleek new design! Our new 4th Edition posters and binder inserts feature rounded lines that mirror the vocal tract while conveying the continuum of sound we produce when we speak. We continue to offer our 3rd Edition materials in AUBURN and ORANGE.
July 2015 – ELTS.solutions is our new website. Now you can view our great products right alongside our innovative professional development services. Colorvowelchart.org and colorvowelchart.com will automatically send visitors to our comprehensive website at elts.solutions.
June 2015 – We held our first annual Sound Awareness Retreat. Twelve educators from across the U.S. joined us in Santa Fe NM for three glorious days of phonological awareness training, technique practice, vowel painting, and other fun. We can’t wait to do it again next year!
May 2015 – Our own Karen Taylor de Caballero is TESOL’s official blogger on pronunciation, speech and listening. See what she’s up to!
February 2015 – We’re proud to announce our new literacy/pronunciation game, COLOR VOWEL® Duo. This innovative card game engages native and non-native speakers of all ages while reinforcing reading and pronunciation skills. It is a must-have for every classroom and every game-loving family.
January 2015 – Karen and Shirley now hold a free monthly Q&A on Facebook. Ask questions about the COLOR VOWEL® Chart and listen to answers in a friendly casual setting.
Spring 2013 – ELTS announces its partnership with the U.S. Department of State, which will produce and distribute laminated copies of the COLOR VOWEL® Chart outside the United States for use by teachers of English around the world. Learn more about our partnership here.
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