Results / SpellingBee - Vārdzinis2013

The international language company "Skrivanek Baltic" is one of the bigger language service providers in Latvia. "Skrivanek Baltic" is a part of the international company "Skrivanek grupa" that provides qualitative translations and language training. On 14 May 2013, for the first time in Latvia, the company organised an English language competition for high school students "VārdZinis" (WordMaster) that is globally known as a "Spelling Bee" and has become especially traditional and popular in the US and other countries of the world.

The idea of the contest – to compete against one’s peers by proving one’s knowledge of the English orthography and literary pronunciation: providing an exact spelling of a given word. These contests are the most popular in the English speaking countries where they take place in the native language. In countries where English is not the native language, they become competitions of English proficiency. Not only schools support the participants of the contest but also their parents, relatives and friends, thereby facilitating the further development of the pupils’ language skills and their education.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Goal

The goal of the contest was to draw the attention of the school youth in Latvia to the skills of English pronunciation and orthography as they measure their abilities to grammatically and phonetically pronounce the words of the English language perfectly while demonstrating their English proficiency. The long-term goal of the contest is to promote the youngsters’ wish to study English profoundly and prove their knowledge.

Solution

The school youth of the 10-12 grades of the formal education institutions in Latvia were invited to participate in the first selection round of the contest after which the jury determined 50 participants of the contest who competed for the title of "VārdZinis". The contest took place in 2013, 2014 and 2015, and the number of participants has grown year by year. It is planned to develop the contest as an annual tradition in Latvia by involving education institutions from all of Latvia and conducting the selection of the best students on the school level already so that the very best of them advance to the finals.

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