{January 31, 2011}   Homophones and Homonyms

As Suber & Thorpe state, homophones are words of the same language that are pronounced alike even if they differ in spelling, meaning, or origin, such as “pair” and “pear”. Homophones may also be spelled alike, as in “bear” (the animal) and “bear” (to carry). But this list consists only of homophones that are not spelled alike.

Homonym is a somewhat looser term than homophone, sometimes referring to all homophones and only homophones, and sometimes referring to the subset of homophones that are spelled alike.

Here you can find Suber & Thorpe’s dictionary of homophones, where the members of each homophonic set are listed in alphabetical order.

{January 23, 2011}   Newspapers in the classroom

When working with adult students, it is a very good idea to use newspapers in your lessons to work with cultural issues. But not only in the target language. You can also use articles from newspapers in your own language and make your students discuss their content in English.

For example: An intermediate group of 4 adults working on crime vocabulary can be given 4 different articles in their own language to read. Then, they have to explain what they read using the new vocabulary in the target language. I started using this technique specially with adults in business English groups, since they asked me to work a bit on translation.

Here you can find some newspapers in English:

And here you can find newspapers from all over the world:


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{January 7, 2011}   Back for good!

Wow!! It’s 2011 and I’m finally updating 🙂

I’m collecting new materials to share, but for the moment, I strongly recommend EnglishTalk to you!

See you soon!

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