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Telling Jokes With Homonyms

Telling Jokes With Homonyms

Students learn about homonyms, homographs, and homophones. They make jokes using the homonyms with a partner.

Level:  Advanced

Topic:  Warmer

Grammar:  Homonyms

Time:  30 minutes


  • Make one copy of the Handout for each student.
  • Write the explanation on the board:

Homonyms: Words that have the same pronunciation but a different meaning.

  1. Homographs: The words have the same spelling (e.g., to play, a play).
  2. Homophones: The words have a different spelling (e.g., son, sun).




Give each student a Handout.


Put students into pairs. Ask them to review the homonyms and choose one from the list.


The students’ task is to create a joke using the homonym.

For example:

A: What does your sister do?

B: She was a doctor, but she quit.

A: Why did she quit?

B: Because she didn’t have the patients/patience.


Ask the pairs of students to present their jokes to the class. Ask the other students to point out the homonym and explain the reason the joke is funny.


See Lessons with laughter and Fun Class Activities, Book 2 for more homonyms worksheets.

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