What is a Spelling Bee?
A Spelling Bee is a competition in which students, are asked to spell words in front of an audience. The idea of the Spelling Bee comes from the United States where they have been extremely popular for a number of years. Nowadays, Spelling Bee competitions are also held in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and Indonesia. They have become more popular globally in recent years, too, and are now held in educational institutions all over the world.
Why hold a Spelling Bee?
Spelling Bee competitions help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabulary, and develop correct English usage. They also help build students’ self-confidence and, more importantly, they are a lot of fun!
Why is spelling important?
Being able to spell correctly is a buzz! Accurate spelling is one of the sub-skills of writing. Also, being able to pronounce a word on the basis of its written form is a useful speaking skill. The spelling of over seventy percent of English words is predictable; three percent of the words, however, are so irregular that they have to be learned as individual items. Many of these irregular spellings are very common words like one, two, would, are, was, and were. Spelling Bees are an exciting way of helping students overcome any difficulties they have in spelling problematic words.
Who do you need for a Spelling Bee?
There are three important actors in a Spelling Bee:
The participants: Spelling Bee competitions are for everyone, whether you are an expert or a complete beginner. Any student learning English is eligible to take part in a Spelling Bee.
The judges: The judges’ job is to control the contest and keep it running smoothly.
The pronouncers: Perhaps the most important role in a Spelling Bee is that of the pronouncers.