Homophones

Activity type: this is a fun way of developing students’ vocabulary. It is also a way of making sure that students are aware that different spellings in English can result in the same sound. Level: Intermediate and above

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Ask the students what a homophone is; they should tell you that they are words that sound the same in English but have different spellings and different meanings. Ask them to think of some examples in pairs. Once they have done this, listen to their examples. Hand out the quiz below to pairs or groups of three. Explain that the students have to answer the clues in order to find out what the homophones are. Tell them to do the quiz as quickly as possible. You could make it a competition. At the end of the activity, go over the answers.

ANSWERS:

1. Eight and ate 2. Stare and stair 3. Plain and plane 4. To and two 5. Blew and blue 6. Rain and reign 7. So and sew 8. Seem and seam 9. Die and dye 10. Be and bee 11. Four and for 12. Foul and fowl 13. No and know 14. Tales and tails 15. Sale and sail 16. Eye and I 17. Peace and piece 18. Awe and or 19. Hi and high