The Spelling Bee is a competition in which students, usually children, are challenged to spell some of the most difficult English words correctly. It originated in the United States, where it still takes place today as the Scripps National Spelling Bee, a real media event sponsored by newspapers and educational foundations and broadcast on ESPN.
In the last few years, Spelling Bee competitions have become increasingly popular and can now also be found, for example, in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and in the United Kingdom, where the first Times Spelling Bee ended in June with the victory of St Martin’s School from Norwood.
While the Spelling Bee was conceived for Anglophone children, you can also use it with your students to test and improve their knowledge of English words.
The website of the Times Spelling Bee is packed with resources that can encourage your students to practise: have a look at the Training Area, where students can play alone against the computer but also compete with each other with the Head to Head game, which comes at the three different levels – easy, medium and hard.
Be warned, though: your students might get very enthusiastic!