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Spotlight on Articulation L
Ages: 5-10   Grades: K-5

Practice is fun with pick-up-and-use activities like Alligator Island, mazes, tic-tac-toe, lively games, and rebus stories that target articulation of L across all levels of sound production.   


  • Successfully articulate L in syllables, words, sentences, and storytelling
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The stimulating lessons give students plenty to talk about and feature:

  • articulation of L in all positions in words and in a variety of phonetic contexts
  • reproducible pages with a wide variety of interactive learning formats: mazes, rebus stories, sentence fill-ins, picture scenes, story sequencing, games, and more
  • lighthearted art to capture children's attention
  • activities arranged in a hierarchy of difficulty
  • tips for sound production and a progress chart

You may purchase Spotlight on Articulation L individually or as part of the 6-book Spotlight on Articulation set.  The 6-book set consists of:

Spotlight on Articulation CH

Spotlight on Articulation K/G

Spotlight on Articulation L

Spotlight on Articulation R

Spotlight on Articulation S

Spotlight on Articulation SH


Copyright © 2006

40 pages, progress chart
  • Impairment in phonology and speech production impedes the development of effective communication, language, and/or speech (Taylor-Goh, 2005).
  • Speech-sound intervention should facilitate correct productions across word positions and linguistic units (Bernthal & Bankson, 2004).
  • Speech sound intervention should focus on improvement of speech sound discrimination and production (ASHA, 2004).

Spotlight on Articulation L incorporates these principles and is also based on expert professional practice.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. (2004). Preferred practice for the profession of speech-language pathology. Retrieved November 16, 2011, from

Bernthal, J.E., & Bankson, N.W. (2004). Articulation and phonological disorders. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.

Taylor-Goh, S. (2005). Royal college of speech & language therapists: Clinical guidelines. United Kingdom: Speechmark.


Barb Truman, Lauri Whiskeyman, Margaret Warner


Barb Truman, M.A., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who worked with school-age children before joining the product development team at LinguiSystems.  While at LinguiSystems, Barb wrote and edited products, fielded questions from customers, and staffed booths at conventions.  She is currently enjoying her role as a stay-at-home mom, allowing her to spend precious time with her husband, adopted son, and other family members.

Lauri Whiskeyman, M.A., Ed.S., CCC-SLP, is a speech-language pathologist who worked with school-age children before joining the product development team at LinguiSystems.  While at LinguiSystems, Lauri wrote and edited products, fielded questions from customers, and staffed booths at conventions.  She is currently a speech-language pathologist working with students in preschool through middle school.

Margaret Warner is a freelance artist in Bettendorf, Iowa, who began illustrating for LinguiSystems in 1988.  Her art appears in hundreds of LinguiSystems products.

Barb, Lauri, and Margaret have authored and co-authored several LinguiSystems publications.


You can never have too many materials—especially for articulation practice! It takes a lot of practice to change a student's articulation patterns.  The goal of the Spotlight on Articulation series is to provide lots of fun practice across many levels (e.g., syllable, word, sentence).

In Spotlight on Articulation L, you'll find worksheets with pictures, words, sentences, and engaging activities (e.g., mazes, tic-tac-toes, games, rebus stories, fill-ins).  We have used a variety of words to allow for practice in many different phonetic contexts.  To give students more practice per word, have them repeat the word a specific number of times or do the activity sheet a second time.

The activity sheets are designed to be pick-up-and-use ready.  They are arranged in a hierarchy by word position, but you can start wherever you wish and pick and choose the pages that suit your student's level of performance.  A progress chart is included to help track your student's progress.

The syllable activity sheet is versatile enough to work on the target phoneme in all positions.  Have the student trace the line from the consonant phoneme to the vowel as he says the syllable (e.g., "lo").  For final position practice, have the student start at the vowel and trace the line to the consonant phoneme (e.g., "ol").  For medial practice, have the student start at the vowel, trace the line to the consonant phoneme and then back to the vowel while phonating (e.g., "olo").  The vowels can represent long or short vowel sounds as needed for practice.


Tips for Production*

The /l/ sound is a voiced sound produced by placing the tongue tip behind the top front teeth on the alveolar ridge.  There are many techniques to help students produce this sound.  Here are some starters:

  • Use a tongue depressor to show the student where his tongue needs to be.  Place the tongue depressor on the alveolar ridge and have the student tap it with his tongue ten times.  Repeat this exercise three times.
  • Strengthen the tongue tip with these exercises:
    • Have the student push and hold a small food item such as a Cheerio, raisin, or sunflower seed against the alveolar ridge.
    • Place a small bit of peanut butter on the ridge behind the top front teeth.  Have the student lick off the peanut butter while saying "ah."  Try this same activity with other vowel combinations.
    • Have the student hold the "ah" sound as he raises and lowers his tongue tip several times, touching the alveolar ridge each time.  The production should sound like "ah-la-la-la."

We hope your students enjoy these activity sheets as they practice their /l/ sound.

Barb, Lauri, and Margaret

*adapted with permission from Plass, B. (1994). SPARC L. (Print by request). East Moline, IL: LinguiSystems, Inc.