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Spelling Bee

The project encourages Year 7 students to learn key vocabulary in another language and to practise and improve their spelling and memory skills whilst having fun. It also raises the profile of language learning within and beyond the school through class, school and regional competitions. Originally devised in Spanish for schools in the Eastern region, the project has now been replicated across all nine English regions and in Wales, and has included Spanish, French, German and Welsh. The Spelling Bee is run in three competitive stages. The first stage is a class competition. Year 7 pupils learn fifty words from the Year 7 curriculum, which they have to translate from English and spell correctly in the target language. Words are presented in a random order, and pupils are given one minute to spell correctly as many words as possible. A further fifty words are added at the subsequent whole school and regional stages. The top two students from each class go forward to a whole school competition, and four representatives from each school take part in the regional final, at which the top four students in the region for each language, and their schools, all receive trophies. Winners at each stage of the competition are rewarded with certificates. The competition is supported by a teacher’s pack and a wiki

Consistency with the European policies in the field of language learning

  • focus on evaluation of performance of language teaching and learning
  • promotion of multilingualism
United Kingdom
Target Language
French, German, Spanish, Other
Educational Sector
School Education

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21 December 2014

Audio- video presentation of the NELLIP project

An audio- video presentation of the NELLIP project has been created and made available in the Information section of the NELLIP portal. To access the presentation please click here: