76 FREE Homophones Worksheets

FREE Homophones Worksheets

Homophones – They’re over there in their car.

Homophones should be given special attention once students have been introduced to a broader range of vocabulary. Usually by the time students are intermediate learners they will have learned some of these commonly confused words. As in the example above “They’re over there in their car.” it does not take advanced English lessons for students to encounter homophones. Homophones are the topic of this worksheet which turns a classic game, dominos, into an ESL teaching tool. It is just one of the 76 available worksheets on this topic and an activity that students may enjoy.

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings.

They may be spelled differently such as they’re, there, and their or spelled the same such as rose which can be a noun referring to a flower or the past tense of the verb rise. Students often struggle with homophones so it is important to give them plenty of practice especially with ones that are commonly confused even by native speakers such as your and you’re.

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What Are Homophones?
A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same, such as rose (flower) and rose (past tense of "rise"), or differently, such as carat, caret, and carrot, or to, two, and too. Homophones that are spelled the same are also both homographs and homonyms. Homophones that are spelled differently are also called heterographs. The term "homophone" may also apply to units longer or shorter than words, such as phrases, letters or groups of letters that are pronounced the same as another phrase, letter or group of letters. The word derives from the Greek homo- (ὁμο-), "same", and phōnḗ (φωνή), "voice, utterance". The opposite is heterophone: similar, but not phonetically identical words. Homophones are often used to create puns and to deceive the reader (as in crossword puzzles) or to suggest multiple meanings. The last usage is common in poetry and creative literature.
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The Sound [Au] as in 'How'

The Sound [Au] as in 'How'

• » Homophones
Use this worksheet to help your students with the pronunciation of diphthongs, especially the one found in "how". Use the first part for reading and repeating words in isolation or in pairs. Use t ...
5 Views 1,497 All
Minimal Pairs Bingo

Minimal Pairs Bingo

Lisa Mann
• » Homophones
This is a bingo game to give students practice in differentiating between the short e and short i sounds (as in desk and disk). It can be modified to practice any sounds you are working on. Ss fil ...
1 Views 1,997 BegElemPre-Int
All English Phonetic Symbols (Flashcards in PDF)

All English Phonetic Symbols (Flashcards in PDF)

Elena
•Homophones,
The worksheet contains 46 symbols of the English phonetics - consonants, vowels and stress symbol. The sounds are given with the examples of words. The flashcards can be easily printable and used ...
2 Views 9,126 BegElemPre-Int
English Worksheet - Using the Correct Homophone (3)

English Worksheet - Using the Correct Homophone (3)

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. I’ve had the flu since Monday. The birds flew to their nests. Students read the sentences and choose the c ...
4 Views 12,485 Elem
English Worksheet - Using the Correct Homophone (2)

English Worksheet - Using the Correct Homophone (2)

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. Tom straightened the knot on his tie. Please be careful not to break this vase. Students read the sentences and ...
2 Views 5,867 Elem
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Using the Correct Homophone 1

Using the Correct Homophone 1

•, Homophones
Homophones are words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. Students are asked to read the sentences and choose the correct homophone to complete each sentence. There are s ...
2 Views 11,592 ElemPre-Int
Homophones

Homophones

Martha
• » Homophones
This worksheet will help you review the most common homophones. It could be good for a G3 or G4 student. It includes a word search, matching activity, and two questions that will help you reinfoce ...
1 Views 9,204 Elem
English Consonant Sounds

English Consonant Sounds

• » Homophones
Cut the mobile phone. Have your students stand up and ask other students for their mobile numbers. They have to use English consonant sounds to say their mobile numbers. 
4 Views 8,197 Elem
Song Worksheet: Demons by Imagine Dragons (Non-violence Day)

Song Worksheet: Demons by Imagine Dragons (Non-violence Day)

María del Mar Rioboó
This worksheet works with pronunciation and vocabulary about non-violence. It also has some general comprehension questions. Students first listen to the song, then group the words with the s ...
5 Views 15,739 Int
Song Worksheet: We Are the Champions by Queen Bingo

Song Worksheet: We Are the Champions by Queen Bingo

BusyTeacher Contributor
The teacher will ask students to read the words, and then, choose 9 to put into the bingo card. While listening to the song, check if it was chosen the right ones. If the student chose 3 words in ...
8 Views 18,098 All
Song Worksheet: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2 (Bingo)

Song Worksheet: I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For by U2 (Bingo)

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The teacher will ask students to read the words, and then, choose 9 to put into the bingo card. While listening to the song, check if it was chosen the right ones. If the student choses 3 words in ...
4 Views 11,116 All
Song Worksheet: No Good in Goodbye by the Script

Song Worksheet: No Good in Goodbye by the Script

graziella.vannorden
This popular song has a lot of rhyme words like many other songs, but on top of that is has clever lyrics that play with similar sounds so it is very useful to practice phonetic speech and maybe p ...
4 Views 8,616 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Pronunciation Game - Matching Homophones

Pronunciation Game - Matching Homophones

Miriam
•, Homophones
Entertaining game with matching words with different spelling but same sound. Can be used as a game or a pronunciation lesson. Plus you can create a vocabulary lesson with the new words in the lis ...
21 Views 28,369 ElemPre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Hallelujah by Rufus Wainright

Song Worksheet: Hallelujah by Rufus Wainright

Mirna Sol Iedro
This worksheet is great to work on minimal pairs and to practise the sounds /ɔː/ /ɑː/ /ɪ / /uː/ and /əʊ/. It also includes a short matching synonym activit ...
5 Views 10,315 IntAdv
Homophones and Homonyms

Homophones and Homonyms

•, Homophones
It is prepared by one of my students and it is really funny and enjoyable. As she presents her subject through cartoons and pictures, it becomes more understandable and easy to grasp the differenc ...
13 Views 26,494 Adv
Pronunciation Training

Pronunciation Training

•, Homophones
Here is a list of some short and simple words with transcriptions to check the knowledge of English pronunciation rules. Ask your students to match the word and the transcription. You can use this ...
10 Views 21,494 BegElem
Hard and Soft G

Hard and Soft G

•, Homophones
The letter g can make spelling tricky. When g meets a, o, or u, its sound is hard e.g. gap. When g meets e, i, or y, its sound is soft e.g. gym. Write words beginning with a hard 'g' sound under t ...
8 Views 11,739 Elem
Hard and Soft C

Hard and Soft C

•, Homophones
When c meets a, o, or u, its sound is hard e.g. cap. When c meets e, i, or y, its sound is soft e.g. city. Students are asked to write words beginning with a hard 'c' sound under the carrot, and w ...
4 Views 9,177 Elem
Phonetics; Read the Joke

Phonetics; Read the Joke

• » Homophones
This is a worksheet for practicing English phonetics. It contains a joke and the students are asked to transcribe it. Put the students into pairs and give them the instructions. The first pair who ...
4 Views 11,392 Pre-Int
Song Worksheet: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Song Gap-Fill)

Song Worksheet: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Song Gap-Fill)

Listening activity based on a well-known Christmas carol. The students listen to the song while they fill in the gaps with the words provided in the box. After the song has been completed and ...
10 Views 18,363 Pre-IntInt
Goldilocks and the Three Bears (

Goldilocks and the Three Bears ("Ough" Pronunciation)

•, Homophones
This is a worsheet to help students with the pronunciation of words that have "ough". They also go over some past tense verbs. The reading includes the "ough" words that they learned how to pronou ...
12 Views 9,865 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Spelling and Homophones

Spelling and Homophones

•, , Homophones
In this worksheet students practise the alphabet by spelling words to each other. They work in pairs. While doing that they musn't look at their partner's worksheet. After finishing the task they ...
8 Views 33,730 ElemPre-Int
American Headway Pre-Intermediate Listening Practice

American Headway Pre-Intermediate Listening Practice

Extensive listening practice for American Headway pre-intermediate level. The file provides the link where audio tracks are available for download. For each track I wrote the related questions. Ex ...
12 Views 12,116 ElemPre-Int
Homophones Memory Game

Homophones Memory Game

• » Homophones
This memory game is great for students who studied homophones. Cut out the cards and give each group (3-4 students) a deck of cards. This worksheet contains 44 cards, so 22 sets of homophones. If ...
3 Views 11,581 ElemPre-IntInt
Homophones Worksheet II

Homophones Worksheet II

• » Homophones
This is a simple and easy worksheet for teaching or revising homophones at elementary or pre-intermediate level. There is an easy activity in which students are asked to fill in the blank spa ...
7 Views 20,046 ElemPre-Int

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