This powerful visual tool enables you to talk easily and accurately about the sounds of English. When combined with the teaching techniques we've developed, the Chart supports a simple, transformational approach to teaching spoken English.  The Color Vowel Chart approach allows learners to easily focus on stress and rhythm - a key to "listener-friendly" English.

At the classroom level, the Chart enriches the teaching of vocabulary, grammar, spelling, reading, and pronunciation.

As part of an integrated curriculum, the Chart provides teachers and students with a common language for making connections between what they learn in one class and what they do in another.

In a one-on-one setting the chart provides a focal point for working on pronunciation.

See how The Color Vowel Chart can enhance the way you teach.  


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What People are saying:

teacher_kaufmann"Let’s just say that my students are thrilled to be able to learn to distinguish and produce the differences between “color,” “collar,” and “caller,” something that is facilitated much more easily after introducing The Color Vowel Chart."

Austin Kaufmann
ESL Instructor
Michigan State University
English Language Center





Join us at TESOL 2014
in Portland, Oregon

  • Pre-Convention Institute Tuesday, March 25:  Integrating Pronunciation Across the ESL/EFL Curriculum. Also visit us at the Color Vowel Chart booth in the exhibit area. More info here.

  • On April 4th, Shirley will exhibit at MSHA the Maryland Speech and Hearing Association Convention in Baltimore.
  • On April 12th, Shirley will present "Pronouncing Academic Vocabulary: A System That Works" at the 2nd Annual National Geographic Learning / Michigan State University English Center Learning Symposium:  The World in Words: Teaching and Learning Academic Vocabulary.

Past events

  • The U.S. Department of State's Office of English Language Programs is distributing The Color Vowel Chart abroad through U.S. embassies and consulates. Contact your Regional English Language Office for information on how to get posters for your classroom!

  • Watch our 75 minute State Department Webinar: Teaching Spoken English with the Color Vowel Chart here.
  • Click here for our blog featuring all of our newsletter articles, ear-training activities, readers' comments, and more.

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  • The interactive Color Vowel Chart allows you and your students to hear the vowel soundsl.

  •  Click on Connect for a list of free downloadable resources.
  • Resources for Teachers, the essential guide to teaching English with The Color Vowel Chart,  is available by clicking on Orders.