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Bare bear

Words which sound like one another are very much maligned in our language. Endless rounds of ‘Why English is Hard’ emails circulate on the web with sentences like ‘He guessed his guest wasn’t coming’.

Rather than perpetuating the myth that the existence of homophones makes spelling difficult, why not use words that sound the same but are spelled differently as a platform for some meaningful, interesting word study? This topic does just that.

Resources: theory section, lesson plan, revision activity and homophone wordlist.

Duration: 90 Minutes

Further reading

Thankfully there are some wonderful resources on homophones, but we just find it hard to go past How Much Can a Bare Bear Bear?: What Are Homonyms and Homophones? (Words Are Categorical)
by Brian Gable. Highly recommended.

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