Phonic Sound for Letter L /l/
Letter L and its /l/ sound can be a bit difficult to teach. There are actually two slightly different sounds of L and they are known as the light and dark L sounds. So how do you know when the letter L sound is light or dark?
Generally, when L comes before the vowel, it is light, and if it comes after the vowel, it is dark. The dark L sound is a stronger sound compared to the light L sound.
With letter L it's really easiest to just teach the light L sound to a child first, and that is what we'll focus on here. It's going to be a bit tough if you get too technical and begin teaching a child all these little nuances of sounds. So again, when teaching reading, stick with the simple, basic code.
Here, we will just teach the light L sound, and all the words will have the L before the vowel. For example:
LET - /l/ /e/ /t/
LAP - /l/ /a/ /p/
CLUB - /c/ /l/ /u/ /b/
Try saying the above words out loud, and to really isolate and clearly hear the /l/ sound, try stretching out the /l/ sound while you say it. For example: LLLLLLET, LLLLLLAP.
Learning Activity for /l/
- Print the letter L and lower-case "l" on a piece of paper.
- Show your child the letter L and demonstrate the proper sound of L (/l/)
- Have your child repeat the /l/ sound several times.
- Practice the /l/ sound with the following words:
Letter L Worksheets