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Spanish spelling bee

Spanish spelling bee
Anna, George, Joshua and Joe.
Thursday 17th February 2011 by C. Freeman
Year 7 students are gearing up to take part in a ‘Spanish Spelling Bee’ where they have to correctly spell as many words as possible in a minute.

Anna Boyd, Joshua Roberts, George Coles and Joe Tyler were the top performing students from Ms Pape’s two Year 7 classes who are studying Spanish. Now they have to practise a list of 200 words for the regional heats on 6th April.

It is the first year that the competition, run by Routes into Language, has been launched and Brooke Weston will be competing against schools from all over the East Midlands and Nottingham region.

Ms Pape said: ‘The aim of the Spelling Bee is for students in Year 7 to practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in Spanish and to raise the profile of language learning through a class, school and regional competition. Unlike in a monolingual Spelling Bee, students will be given the word in English, they will first have to translate it into the foreign language and then spell it out correctly using the alphabet in the foreign language.’

George Coles said: ‘It can be quite hard because some of the words are long and very hard to pronounce’ while Anna Boyd added: ‘My mum was doing spelling in English with me the other day and I was spelling in Spanish!’

If the team are successful in the regional heats in Nottingham they will go forward to the national final at Cambridge University in July.

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