In this video, I talk about how to help students differentiate sounds that are very difficult for them to hear– the “ng” or “nk” sounds. The general idea applies to anything in phonics your students struggle to hear.

Example pairs:

ran vs rang
king vs keen
wrong vs Ron
sun vs sung

The basic tactics are drawing pictures and explaining where their tongue, etc. should be, using minimal pairs, and most importantly, delaying speaking activities until after a lot of listening activities have been completed!