Tutor’s Starter Kit


Get started on your Color Vowel journey with the Tutor’s Starter Kit.

With the Tutor’s Starter Kit, you also gain access to My Color Vowel Community, a private Facebook community for teachers who enjoy sharing tips and supporting other Color Vowel teachers.


The Tutor’s Starter Kit includes:

The Color Vowel Approach (teacher resource book)
— 1 set of Color Vowel Image Cards, 5th Edition
— 1 deck of Color it out! (pronunciation card game)

Also receive lifetime membership in “My Color Vowel Community,” our online educators’ community (managed through Facebook).

“I love Color it out! because it provides robust practice with all the challenging English sounds in a fun and interactive way. The fact that it also provides opportunity for independent practice is the cherry on top. I also use jazz chants with my students, but the jazz chants only help with the intonation and pronunciation of a few frequently used phrases. Your card game, on the other hand, is very comprehensive since it includes a wide array of problem sounds and the game settings make it fun; it does not feel like drilling although students get to repeat the words many times over. That’s why I love it!”
Independent practice is the cherry on top
Judith Tomasson, Central New Mexico Community College
“I use "Color It Out!" with my IEP university students, particularly in my Speaking and Listening classes. Sometimes we play it as a group activity in class, with three to five students playing in a group. However, after students are familiar with the Color Vowel Chart and the game, I often have them use the cards outside class, as well. I organize my students in to "Speaking Circle" groups of approximately four students and have them meet outside of class to do English-related activities. I have one designated deck of "Color It Out" cards that I sign out to students so that they can play during their "Speaking Circle" groups. They both love it and say it's helpful!”
Love it AND it’s helpful!
Austin Kauffman, ESL Instructor • Michigan State University • MI
“COLOR IT OUT! was a HUGE HIT this week, when I used it in my Pronunciation class (low level) as well as my high level refugee class. Both skill levels loved it … in fact, in my high level refugee class, it was the end of class and I tried to put the game away, but they asked if they could please keep playing through their break!! Also, it was at the high level that I really saw them puzzling over spelling (even though it is a speaking and listening class), because they are advanced enough to really be “sounding words” out according to some rules, and here they see the pronunciation/spelling in reality, and they are surprised and intrigued.”
It was a HUGE hit!
Shae Isaacs • CO
“My adult students LOVED playing and had a hard time getting back to “class” – “Another game, teacher?” – We decided it was best to limit drawing cards to a maximum of five (if you didn’t have one to play). Unless your students really know the color vowel cue words it will be necessary to have the flashcards with the word side up. Or I guess they can use their personal chart/card. I hope to flip the flashcards over after a few more games. One day, maybe I can put the flashcards away. I had a question and emailed them and they got back to me with a solution on the same day. Great service! Great game! Great possibilities for expansion!”
My adult students LOVED playing
Dawn Saint • AL
“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! ”
Life-changing breakthroughs
Lee Shainis, Founder • Intercambio Uniting Communities • Boulder (CO)
“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!”
Fundamentally innovative
Sarah Daniels, CEO of Blue Canoe
“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.
Amazing experience
Amy Reavey, Literacy Volunteer (NJ)
“I love using the Color Vowel Chart because it works! Student feedback on the system is so positive. I have students who tell me how helpful it has been not only for pronunciation, but also for spelling, specifically for students for whom the Roman alphabet is new. English spelling and pronunciation is challenging, and I am so thankful to have this resource!”
It Works!
Vanessa S. ESL Teacher, WA
“When I learned about it, I sensed that The Color Vowel Chart would be a great autonomous learning tool for students of English pronunciation, but I didn't realize that so many English teachers in Central America would agree with me. When I presented it at local TESOL Conferences, everyone pulled out their phones to take pictures of the chart and the activities we were doing in groups. There was even applause on one occasion when I told them that there are free activities they can download from the website.”
A great autonomous learning tool
Rebecca Wilner, ESL Specialist, Washington DC
“The Color Vowel Chart allows my actor, broadcaster and executive clients to instantly see the color of the sound they are mispronouncing or mixing. The visual cuing speeds up the recognition time of the sounds! I think the Color Vowel Chart is the most brilliant thing I have ever seen. It has really changed the way we work at the Speech and Accent Academy!”
It’s the most brilliant thing
Lisa Jeffries, Executive Speech Coach (FL)
“I've used the Color Vowel Chart extensively, from tutoring individuals privately to teaching classes of International Teaching Assistants. This chart gets around the difficulty students have in hearing non-native vowel sounds (what good is it to distinguish, say, "bed" from "bead" when, to a student, both vowels sound the same?). The Color Vowel Chart lets students see the sounds instead. So even though students might not be able to hear the difference between "bed" and "bead", they can certainly recognize the difference between the colors RED and GREEN. Using this language of colors allows me to convey sounds to students without their having to hear them. Students learn to produce the sounds of the colors before their ears actually recognize the differences in vowel sounds. In this way, the Color Vowel Chart scaffolds the process of acquiring non-native phonological features.”
It lets students SEE the sound
Charles Duquette, Maryland English Institute
“Who doesn’t love card games? My middle school students find Color it out! extremely engaging and I find it a powerful tool to introduce and review complicated sounds and spellings in English. In fact, I used Color it out! to introduce my students to the Color Vowel Chart before ever "teaching" them about it. I found it a very natural point of entry for the Chart. Since then, we have been exploring additional ways to use the Color it out! cards, such as Dominoes and Go Fish. A fantastic, fun, and very powerful resource!”
Color it out! is extremely engaging.
Michael Connors, E.L. Haynes Middle School, Washington DC
“One of my favorite things about the [Color Vowel] Chart is the way that it visually brings attention to the differences among the English vowels--differences that students may not be able to hear. I also like how the Chart has allowed me to incorporate pronunciation into other aspects of my classes. While students are working together on any task, if I hear a major pronunciation problem I can say, "change your vowel from 'blue' to 'mustard' for that word," and the student is usually able to improve her pronunciation.”
A tool for improvement
Jody Gabler, ESL Teacher (NY)
“This training was phenomenal. I learned an innovative but easy way to teach students about the many different sounds that vowels can make. The Color Vowel Chart is easy to learn and uses the different modalities of learning to reach every type of learner.”
K-12 ESL Teacher, Pueblo City Schools (CO)

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