A homophone is a word that has the same sound as another word but different meaning and spelling. This can be compared with a homonym, which has the same spelling and sounds the same but has a different meaning.

Example
The words 'rain', 'reign' and 'rein' are homophones. 'Set' is a homonym.

In the classroom
Homophones are useful to help learners understand that the relationship between spelling and sound is not consistent in English. Dictations, poems, jokes, and word games such as bingo are all used to practise this area.

Further links:

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/same-sound-different-sound

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/homophone-game

https://www.teachingenglish.org.uk/article/homophones-dictation

Research and insight

We have hundreds of case studies, research papers, publications and resource books written by researchers and experts in ELT from around the world. 

See our publications, research and insight

Sign up to our newsletter for teaching ideas and free resources

We will process your data to send you our newsletter and updates based on your consent. You can unsubscribe at any time by clicking the "unsubscribe" link at the bottom of every email. Read our privacy policy for more information.