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Same spelling different meaning

Activity type: this is a fun way of expanding the students’ vocabulary i.e. looking at words which have the same spellings in English but have different meanings.

Level: Upper Intermediate and above

Teacher's notes:

  1. Give the students an example of a word which has two different meanings but the same pronunciation and spelling. Ask the students for examples; tell them to shout out examples.
  2. Once they have done this hand out the worksheet below.
  3. Tell the students that they have to answer the questions below and find one word for each question.
  4. Tell them to do it as quickly as possible. It is just for fun.
  5. Go over the answers.

ANSWERS:

1.
Train
7.
Mean
2.
Can
8.
Ball
3.
Dear
9.
Post
4.
Type
10.
Lot
5.
Let
11.
Deal
6.
Nails
12.
Pine



QUIZ

  1. Something you have to do to a horse or a dog in order for them to be tame and a type of transport.
  2. The ability to do something and another word for a tin.
  3. Another word for expensive and the word that you write at the beginning of a letter.
  4. You do this to a key board and is another word for ‘a sort’.
  5. Another word for allow and to rent something usually a room.
  6. Something on your body that you polish and you knock them into wood.
  7. The opposite of generous and another word for convey.
  8. You throw this and Cinderella went to one.
  9. Another word for send and you have these around your garden.
  10. The missing word in this sentence: ‘I have a _______ of money!’ and another word for an item sold at an auction.
  11. You do this to playing cards and a business agreement.
  12. To miss something a lot and a type of evergreen tree.

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