Workshops & Webinars

ELTS provides illuminating workshops and webinars for ESL/EFL teachers. literacy tutors, and pronunciation coaches.

“The work you have done is truly remarkable. It’s true that simplicity lies at the far side of complexity.”
– Amy Reavey, Literacy Volunteer, Elizabeth NJ


Our courses are available in two formats:

  • 1-day face-to-face workshop with post-course practicum tasks completed online
  • 6-week online course with practicum tasks integrated into each week’s lesson

Our Upcoming Events

Learn how to use the Color Vowel® Approach for teaching ESL pronunciation, vocabulary development, oral fluency, and speaking confidence. After this full-day workshop, you will complete an online practicum component and receive personalized feedback to earn your Level 1 certificate as a Color Vowel Trained Teacher.

Trainer: Laura McIndoo, Master Trainer

This six-week online course is comprised of 12 in-course hours and approximately 4 hours of practicum. Participants may attend synchronously or asynchronously. Each week you will submit technique videos and receive personalized feedback.

Upon completion of practicum, participants receive their Level 1 certificate as a Color Vowel Trained Teacher with a Blue Canoe endorsement.

Trainer: Karen Taylor, Co-author of the Color Vowel Chart

Earn your Level 2 certificate as a Color Vowel Certified Teacher. Color Vowel® Confidence helps you develop greater phonological awareness and confidence as you master essential techniques and creative interventions for successful language teaching and pronunciation tutoring.

Karen Taylor & Shirley Thompson, co-authors of the Color Vowel Chart

What Workshop Participants Are Saying About Us

“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.”
Brock Brady, U.S. Peace Corps Specialist (Washington DC)
“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.
Amy Reavey, Literacy Volunteer (NJ)
“I feel like I took a quantum leap in my quest to learn the English language after I attended your class today!”
Ricardo Castaño, ESL Volunteer Tutor, Maryland
“One of the best workshops I have attended. [Shirley and Karen] achieved an excellent balance between structure and achieving workshop objectives, staying flexible and incorporating participant contributions and concerns. They modeled good teaching/facilitating and helped participants feel comfortable immediately.”
TESOL PCI Participant, New Orleans (2011)
“I don’t think I’ve ever been with a more skillful presenter [in Karen Taylor]. It was like watching a high-wire artist, but with NO misgivings: you know she’s totally secure up there. We were in the palm of her hand!”
Laurel Pollard, Author of "Zero Prep" and "Wow!"
“Interesting, fun, and I met people I look forward to keeping in touch with. So many 'Ah ha!' moments. Loved it.”
TESOL PCI Participant, Toronto (2015)
“Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I want you to come to [our school] and do Professional Development!”
TESOL PCI Participant, Toronto (2015)
“Shirley is one of the most excellent teacher/speakers around. Always fun and entertaining, but mostly wonderfully comprehensive.”
Jody Gabler, ESL Teacher
“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)
“Wonderful session. Stellar presenters. Great activities. Best session I've been to. They were on fi-yur!”
TESOL PCI Participant, Toronto (2015)
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