Blue canoe [Review]

  • Katherine Yaw (Northern Arizona University)


Blue Canoe is a mobile phone app to help users build speaking skills in North American English. It emphasizes two aspects of speech: word stress and accurate pronunciation of vowels in stressed syllables. The Blue Canoe app follows the Color Vowel® approach, which provides users with a two-word anchor phrase (e.g., green tea, silver pin) that models the target vowel sound in the stressed syllables in both words (Taylor et al., 2016). This approach has been adopted by the U.S. Department of State, the Peace Corps, and numerous English language programs worldwide. The Blue Canoe app combines this approach with automated speech recognition (ASR) technology to monitor users’ spoken production and provide immediate pronunciation feedback. The app can be incorporated into classroom and/or business communication learning environments, or users can access it independently to work on their own pronunciation in English.

How to Cite:

Yaw, K., (2019) “Blue canoe [Review]”, Pronunciation in Second Language Learning and Teaching Proceedings 11(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2020