ELTS collaborates with governmental, non-profit, and private organizations to provide teachers of English and their learners with high-quality instructional training and materials. Recent projects include:
In 2016, ELTS partnered with Seattle-based tech company Blue Canoe Learning to develop a game-based pronunciation learning app based on the Color Vowel system. The project, anticipated to last several years, will incorporate voice recognition and machine learning.
The app, known as Blue Canoe, was released in Beta in February 2017 and will go through a number of iterative release phases in which teachers and learners play the game and provide valuable feedback. The app is currently available for Android devices and will be ready for iPhone later this year. If you are interested in being a Beta tester for the app, please contact us directly.
U.S. Department of State
Practically speaking, this means that 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, feature the Color Vowel™ Chart and its accompanying multi-modal teaching methods as a way of providing new teachers and their students with an accessible and useful 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.
TASSC provides support for Truth Speakers: asylum seekers and victims of torture who share their stories with school and youth groups in order to help end torture. Some have testified before congress about their situations. ELTS trained these Truth Speakers in the use of practical strategies to increase their comprehensibility for the purpose of giving effective spoken testimony.