It is with great pleasure that Modern Languages and Linguistics are today (24th April) hosting the South East regional qualifying round of the Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition. 3,284 year 7s started the competition in the South East and the last 60 pupils from 20 schools are competing today, with the top 4 in each language proceeding to the national finals in London later this year.
This is part of a national competition for Year 7 pupils to practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in a foreign language (French, German or Spanish). The pupils will have one minute each to translate into the target language randomly selected words from the 150 that they have learnt up to this stage and spell them out in the target language.
The Routes into Languages Foreign Language Spelling Bee is one of many initiatives looking to buck the trend in the decline in modern language learning and which promote learning foreign languages to school pupils.
To see previous Spelling Bee competitions in action, please see the Routes into Languages NW Foreign Language Spelling Bee Competition 2014 (which was hosted by Manchester Metropolitan University).