ELTS collaborates with governmental, non-profit, and private organizations to provide teachers of English and their learners with highly effective, engaging instructional materials, training, and support.
Current projects include:
In 2016, ELTS partnered with Seattle-based tech company Blue Canoe Learning to develop game-based pronunciation learning apps based on the Color Vowel System. The project incorporates voice recognition and machine learning to provide players with real-time feedback on their English pronunciation. The educational philosophy behind the app centers on word and phrase stress as the primary element of comprehensible speech and effective second language listening in English.
The app is currently in development, undergoing iterative release phases over the next several years. For more information, visit Blue Canoe Learning.
The U.S. Department of State’s Office of English Language Programs maintains a long-term copyright licensing agreement to make The Color Vowel™ Chart accessible to teachers world-wide.
English teachers outside the U.S. can request full-color posters of The Color Vowel Chart through their Regional English Language Officer via U.S. embassies and consulates. This laminated poster comes with detailed instructional notes on the back side. As of January 2016, over 7,000 posters of the Color Vowel Chart had been distributed to English teachers around the world.
To further support English language teachers in their effective use of the Color Vowel™ Chart, ELTS delivered a live 70-minute webinar to over 1,600 participants through the Office of English Language Programs.
In 2014, ELTS developed a 6-hour training as part of the new Peace Corps TEFL Certification program. The modules, which focus on the teaching of pronunciation, include the Color Vowel™ Chart and its accompanying multi-modal teaching methods as a way of providing new teachers and their students with an effective, accessible, practical, tool for learning new vocabulary and mastering spoken English.
The Peace Corps TEFL Certificate is currently offered to Peace Corps Volunteers in Albania, Armenia, Benin, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Kyrgyz Republic, Madagascar, Moldova, Nicaragua, Rwanda, and Thailand.
Intercambio and ELTS have been collaborating since 2014 to include the Color Vowel Chart in Intercambio’s textbook series, Interactive English. This special collaboration puts the Color Vowel Chart into the hands of thousands of ESL teachers, tutors, and adult English language learners across the United States as part of a high-quality, affordable curriculum that addresses the needs of adult immigrants and their families.
Intercambio’s Executive Director, Lee Shainis, made a radical decision for the textbook series, replacing its conventional, alphabetized glossary with a Color-Vowel-coded word list featuring the words in the order they appear by chapter. Now instead of having to navigate phonetic transcriptions, learners simply see “student – BLUE,” making for a simple glossary that powerfully guides the learner speak with confidence.
“We saw that teachers love using the Color Vowel Chart, so Intercambio now includes it in all curriculum we produce. For many English learners here, the CVC has led to life-changing breakthroughs around pronunciation! ”
“The Color Vowel System is such a fundamentally innovative and effective methodology that we built our company, Blue Canoe Learning, on it. We digitize it, scale it with speech recognition and machine learning, and create games and activities using it. Now anyone with a smart phone can play the Blue Canoe app and leverage the Color Vowel System to improve their English pronunciation and ability to communicate effectively. We are making such a wonderful impact on people’s lives, and ELTS and Color Vowel are an integral part of why we are successful!”
“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.”
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