Pronunciation skills: Sound and spelling

This activity focuses on homographs (words with the same spelling but different pronunciation) and homophones (words with the same pronunciation but different spelling), as well as other pairs of words that learners tend to find confusing.

Jonathan Marks

This activity was first published on onestopenglish.com.

Procedure

  • There are six sets of words, which you can use on different occasions; one set is probably enough for one lesson but of course, if the class are keen, you could use more.
  • Learners work on one set of words in pairs and try to decide whether each pair of words has the same pronunciation or not.
  • Tell students to mark the pairs with s for ‘same pronunciation’ or d for ‘different pronunciation’.
  • Play the recording for the students to check. Finally, go through the answers as a class.
  • Note: In a few cases, the answer will be different in different accents of English, eg depending on whether  ‘r’ is sounded in words like court.
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