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I wrote:

For example, to teach the student the difference between short and long vowels, like /ԑ/ and /i:/ (as set and seat) or /ɪ/ and /aɪ/ (as twin and twine), appropriate word lists can be prepared.

But I feel teach is much for this sentence. Maybe other verbs or just saying:

For example, to make the student understand the difference between short and long vowels, like /ԑ/ and /i:/ (as set and seat) or /ɪ/ and /aɪ/ (as twin and twine), appropriate word lists can be prepared.

Are there better alternatives for this sentence?

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"Teach" is absolutely fine. But you could say "to help the students understand…" "To make the students understand…" is wrong and sounds like you are trying to force the students to understand, which is impossible: the students can only understand something for themselves.

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To familiarize the student with the difference ....

From oxforddictionaries.com:

familiarize

1   Give (someone) knowledge or understanding of something:
   ‘to familiarize pupils with the microscope and its uses’

1.1   Make (something) better known or more easily grasped:
   ‘exercises which will help to familiarize the terms used’

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