ELTS collaborates with governmental, non-profit, and private organizations to provide teachers of English and their learners with innovative, high-quality instructional training and materials. Recent projects include:
In 2016, ELTS entered a partnership 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 first app was released in Beta in February 2017 and will go through a number of iterative release phases over the next several years.
U.S. Department of State
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, Shirley and Karen delivered a live 70-minute webinar to over 1,600 participants through the Office of English Language Programs.
U.S. Peace Corps
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 partnered with ELTS in 2014 to include the Color Vowel Chart in their ESL textbook series, Interactive English. This special collaboration puts the Color Vowel Chart into the hands of thousands of 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 the glossary a simple but useful tool.