Four young linguists have been selected to represent Brooke Weston in the regional final of the Foreign Language Spelling Bee where they will have to correctly spell as many words as possible in a minute. The four proved themselves the best performing Year 7s at Brooke Weston correctly spelling the most French and Spanish words in a minute.
Languages teacher Miss Pape said: ‘The Year 7s have been practising both in and out of the classroom since before Christmas and 24 students attended from the class competitions and 4 students were crowned champions and will represent the Academy at Corby Business Academy this Wednesday in the Regional Finals. We last took part in the competition three years ago when Anna Boyd from 10K represented Brooke Weston in Spanish at the National Championship after coming fourth in the regional final.’
This year India Bond, Jessica Flint, Dominick Cusk and Zach Tallett will compete against students from schools across the East Midlands. Competitors start off having to spell 50 words, then another 50 are added at each stage of the competition, meaning that now they have to correctly memorise 150 words, which will rise to 200 if they get through to the national finals in the summer.
During the Spelling Bee they are given a word in English that they then have to say and spell in their target language, adding any accents as appropriate. Winners from the regional final will be invited to the national final at Anglia Ruskin University this summer.