esl essentials for busy teachers
rate this category
9 FREE Homonyms Worksheets
Recommended worksheets in Homonyms:
What Are Homonyms?
In linguistics, a homonym is, in the strict sense, one of a group of words that share the same spelling and the same pronunciation but have different meanings. Thus homonyms are simultaneously homographs (words that share the same spelling, irrespective of their pronunciation) and homophones (words that share the same pronunciation, irrespective of their spelling). The state of being a homonym is called homonymy. Examples of homonyms are the pair stalk (part of a plant) and stalk (follow/harass a person) and the pair left (opposite of right) and left (past tense of leave). A distinction is sometimes made between "true" homonyms, which are unrelated in origin, such as skate (glide on ice) and skate (the fish), and polysemous homonyms, or polysemes, which have a shared origin, such as mouth (of a river) and mouth (of an animal). In non-technical contexts, the term "homonym" may be used (somewhat confusingly) to refer to words that are either homographs or homophones.
Welcome to the homonyms section of Busy Teacher. This is one of several subsections in the word building category. Currently there is one worksheet posted on this page but more will be added soon so check back regularly. Dominoes can be used to practice many different ESL topics and is well suited to practicing homonyms. This twist on a classic game
has been used successfully by other busy teachers to work on homonyms and word building. Be sure that students know not just the pronunciation but also the meanings of all of the words before beginning the game. This activity would be best for intermediate students. Customize the dominoes as you choose and print them out on heavy duty paper to make them more durable. Some homonyms such as your and you're are especially important and require extra practice. If you have any homonyms worksheets please upload them today to help other busy teachers. All of our worksheets are free, printable, and editable so you can't go wrong starting here for lesson materials
... More About... Less About
Recently added worksheets in Homonyms:
2 Teams of 2 players (a clue giver and a guesser), a deck of 44 cards, a timer (2mn rounds). Find and Pronounce as many words as possible. Rules: - the clue giver draws a ...
This worksheet fits the homonyms problems. I developed it thinking about the difficulties faced by my students when words with identical sounds appear in texts and listenings. Teacher should first ...
This is a 2-page worksheet for teaching homographs at elementary level. The first page is basically just a just sheet, which can also be used as a picture dictionary, and the second page has an ac ...
This worksheet on two pages is about homonyms. Students must choose the right word in each sentence and then think of their own pair of words and provide examples. It can be used on its own or alo ...
Homonyms can be confusing. Here is a summary of homonyms that will be useful for ESL learners to practice their pronunciation. For example, when teacher explains how to pronounce 'bear', they can ...
This song activity presents the topic of homophones and spelling. It is a good task to help review spelling and general knowledge of vocabulary. It can be used without the song in which teachers h ...
This is a game show from the 80s adapted into a class game to practise vocabulary of any kind with your students. There is a full explanation of the procedures and game rules and an example of car ...
A crossword puzzle on homographs (homonyms) I did on my own. In the first task, the students need to find the words as described below. In the second task, they need to find the other definitions ...
After vacation, let your students have fun in class with this game! Play domino and review some homonyms at the same time. Each of the words has been carefully chosen, so that there is variety in ...
Got a great worksheet on Homonyms? Tell us about it and become a BusyTeacher contributor!
Submit a Worksheet