Spell Bee Contest
Rules of Spell Bee and Procedures
Introduction : A fantastic feature of BALOTSAV - 2016 is Spell Bee Contest. It aims to create among children an awareness of words, their origin, pronunciation, and create new words and use structurally in meaningful contexts. The large aim is to develop skills of comprehension and communication in English. Children will surely enjoy it as a sport in a competitive spirit. English spelling, though weird, has established a solid academic linguistic foundation. Society expects us to spell correctly as a matter of culture and decency.

The committee have laid down the following Rules and procedures.

Rule-1 : Eligibility: Seniors -  VIII Class, IX Class & X Class
Rule-2 : The Contest : It will be held in two phases
» Preliminary
» Final
Rule-3 : Format of Preliminary Test :  The test will comprise a) dictation and b) test.
a) Dictation : 20 words will be given by the pronouncer. Bees will have to write correct spellings in their Response Sheets. The time given is 10 minutes. They should write neatly without any corrections, alterations etc.
b) Written Test : Contains 30 questions, to be answered in 20 minutes. Each question carries one mark. The questions will cover all aspects of the English Language - definitions, Parts of Speech, Prefixes, Phonetics, Synonyms, Antonyms, Syllabification, Grammar, etc.
Rule-4 : Format of Final Test : 12 top scorers will be selected from the Preliminary Test.  The test will be oral and conducted in the open, on a dais. Spellers will be allotted seats by lottery.  In each round, the pronouncer will say a word twice.  The speller will be invited to the mike to spell it.  At the end of the fifth round, five top scorers will be selected.  The seven remaining less scorers will be disqualified from the contest.  If there is a tie for the fifth place there will be a consolation spell off between those two.  The top five scorers will be in fight for final phase.  They will be asked words from a special list and their places will be judged on their performance in this phase.
Rule-5 : Five Star Spellers :  The contest will be for the fifth, the fourth, the third, the second and winner places.  Spellers will be eliminated by awarding a place on the basis of their performance.  The words will be selected from the special list.  In the first round each speller is given a word to spell.  The first speller who gives incorrect spelling will be awarded fifth place.  If in the same round two spellers give incorrect spellings, a consolation spell off between those two is held and who ever gives the incorrect spelling will be awarded 5th place.  The other speller will continue in the contest.  In the second round the same procedure is followed.  If no one gives incorrect spelling all spellers will continue in the next round.  If all give incorrect spellings, then all spellers will continue in the next round.
End of the Bee procedure : Special rounds will be held for the last two spellers to decide the champion.  Words will be selected from the special list for winning word. 
» The pronouncer will give the question word in the same order to A.
If he gives correct spelling the next word in the list is given to B.  If he spells correctly a fresh round will start.  If A gives incorrect spelling, B is given an opportunity to correct the spelling, if he is successful, he is given the next word in the list.  If B spells correctly he is declared champion.
If B spells incorrectly the next word in the list is given to A.  Thus process will go on until the one who corrects the wrong spelling and gives the correct spelling of the next word emerges.  He will be declared the winner.
Rule-6 : Official Dictionary and Source of Words : only printed authority to be consulted by the officials :
Concise Oxford English Dictionary (COED) 12th Edn., : Centenary Edition 18, August, 2011, reprinted 2014; Ed. Angus Stevens & Maurice Waite – is the final authority and sole source of definitions and etymology.
» New Oxford Spelling Dictionary (28th Aug, 2014); ed. Maurice Waite
» Pronunciating Dictionary, Daniel James
» Word list developed by Balotsav – 2016 (600 words).
Rule-7 : Each speller has 1 minute and 30 seconds time. His time begins when the pronouncer first pronounces the word. In the first one minute, the speller may ask the pronouncer for repetition of the word, meaning, part of speech, origin of the word etc. In the last 30 seconds he has to answer. It is “say – spell – say the word” method. He has to give complete spelling before the expiry of 30 seconds. If he exceeds his time, his answer will not be accepted. He will be eliminated from the contest.
Rule-8 : Pronouncer: The pronouncer will ask the word sufficiently aloud with correct pronunciation and accent.  He may repeat it if the speller asks for it.  He may respond to the spellers, questions – definition, etymology, use in a sentences, part of speech etc.  He should encourage the speller to understand the word and make sincere efforts to spell it correctly.  If he makes an error it is not the pronouncer’s responsibility.  He will, however, try his best to create a speller – friendly environment.
Rule-9 : Judge 1 :  He listens carefully watching the lip movements of the speller when he pronounces and spells the word letter by letter.  He makes sure that the speller has understood the word and is making efforts to spell it.  He is not responsible if the speller spells the word incorrectly.  If the spelling is correct, he approves it and awards marks.  If the spelling is incorrect he will say “sorry, that is incorrect”, he will give the correct spelling and disqualifies the speller from further participation.
He may ask one or two questions to test the spellers knowledge of the word if he knows the spelling of the word only.  He may disqualify a speller for a)non-compliance of his instructions, b)unsportsman like conduct, c) altering in the process of retracing the letters or sequence of letters.  The Judge’s decision is Final.
Rule-10 : Judge 2: Calls the speller to the mike in the serial order.  He maintains the score sheet and announces the scores at the end of each round.
Rule-11 : Judge 3 : Writes the spelling of the word as it is given by the letter by letter speller on a board visible to the Judge and the speller and the audience.
Rule-12 : Speller’s Role : He will sit facing the Judge and listens to the word pronounced by the pronouncer.  He may ask questions about the word’s origin, part of speech, definition and use in a sentence to avoid misunderstanding the word.  In the last 30 seconds, he has to spell the word before the expiry of time.  It is “say – spell – say the word” giving the spelling letter by letter distinctly and sufficiently aloud. In the process of spelling, he may stop in the middle and start again but he cannot change the letters or their sequence he first pronounced.  He cannot correct himself. He will get eliminated if he tries to change his answer.
Spell Bee
Balotsav - 2016, Kothagudem
Welcome to Spellers
Spell Bee is considered today the most popular language game all over the English Speaking World because it combines fun and learning.  Many national and international institutions like SCRIPPS, WIZZ, MARRS, GAE, KANSAS etc.  organise this programme regularly.  Tens of Thousands of children participate in it with great enthusiasm.  It is good news that Balotsav-2015, Kothaguderm have decided to make Spell Bee a part of their Utsav competitions for you (children of classes VIII to X).  Hopefully you will enroll in large numbers and compete for the coveted prize positions.
A Spell Bee contest is not just about a few words and their spellings learnt by rote.  It actually involves a lot of knowledge about the word.  Words constitute a language.  They symbolize ideas.  And ideas are knowledge.  And knowledge is power.  Every lexical word carries a distinct aura, a five-hundred year long history woven around it, and tells an intriguing story about its journey through time.
Any good dictionary gives you a wealth of information about every individual content word – its spelling, syllabification, phonetics, descriptive labels like slang, dialect, obsolete, formal, along with its etymology, semantic history, its definition, nuances, special contexts and collocations and finally its grammar – part of speech, prefixes suffixes, tenses, degrees, synonyms, antonyms and also illustrative sentences.  In short your knowing a word amounts to knowing a whole cultural legacy.  All languages change and English is no exception;  word meanings change fast – narrowing or broadening, melioration or deterioration; rise from slang to standard, vulgar to decent.  Grammar too changes from unacceptable to acceptable.  Pronunciation also changes.  But what does not (or hardly) change is spelling.  So, English spellings, originating from a heterogeneous back ground really pose a special challenge for foreign learners.
Most of the world languages are phonetically spelt, i.e., they have a correlation between letters and sounds.  Sometimes, spellings are fixed by an authority as in the case of the French Academy, or they are reformed as in North America by Noah Webster.  No such systematic effort was ever made in the case of English.  English spelling patterns (of Southern British English) have stabilized solidly.  Bizarre as they are, they resist change, even against the pervasive impact of internet and digital media.
However, you need not despair, because comparatively, English spellings are easily discernable can be mastered.  The English consonants are much more clear and the vowels totally uncluttered with diacritical marks as those of the French or German Languages.  So, your job is simple i)only look at the word, say it aloud, separate the root and the affixes, ii)learn about the root, what it means, how it is spelt and pronounced, and also its other related words, iii) write once or twice from memory; don’t copy, iv)Finally, familiarize yourself with the word, use it both in speech and writing correctly.  Cultivate a curiosity for words and their hidden histories and a passion for spelling.  Then, you are the proud wielder of that word power. At the end, a Shakespeare – quote :
Polonius : what do you read, my lord?

Hamlet : words, words, words
Enter the Spell Bee Contest – 2016; test your mettle.
“Be a Bee”
All the Best
Books to Consult :
» Concise Oxford English Dictionary
» New Oxford Spelling Dictionary      
» English Pronouncing Dictionary, Daniel Jones
Phones to contact :
Spell Bee Contest (British Style)
Preliminary Test - Time : 30 minutes - Marks : 50
Part – A : Dictation (1-20 Marks)
» Ambition » Genius » Solemn
» Ceremony » Parallel » Sparkle
» Circuit » Politician » Strength
» Decent » Popular » Supervisor
» Despair » Secretary » Television
» Diagnosis » Secure » Truly
» Drought » Separate    
Part – B (Vocabulary, Etymology, Grammar, Phonetics)
» a disbeliever in God (Give one word)
» My friend is interested in studies (use prefix rightly – un – dis – mis)
» She drove fast across the country (Parts of speech)
» She reacts reflexively.  (Sadly / thoughtlessly / promptly)
» Photogenic – means -  (glamorous / unsuitable for a photo / good for a photo)
» She is quite superb.  (Parts of speech)
» Sensible (use a prefix to make it negative – in – un – non )
» Standard (use a prefix – sub – under – less)
» Happy (use a suffix and rewrite correctly – (ness – ful – less)
» Roll (use a prefix and rewrite correctly – dis – un – en)
» Idea (syllabify and rewrite clearly with hyphens)
» Begin (syllabify and rewrite clearly with hyphens)
» Biology (syllabify and mark the primary stress)
» Population (syllabify and mark the primary stress)
» Successful (syllabify and mark the primary stress)
» Sing (give the past tense)
» Accept (give the noun form)
» Recharge (give the adjective form)
» Posession (write the correct spelling)
» Parl __ __ ament (fill the missing letters)
» Time  - (choose correct Rhyme) – chime – fine – cream)
» Technology (choose the word that has same phoneme) – chance charm – school)
» Pear (choose the vowel phoneme that rhymes ) – fear – clear – bear )
» Hygiene is a study of – (food, fresh air, health)
» ‘wait’ and ‘weight’ are – (synonyms, homonyms, homographs)
» Synonym (prefix is from) – Greek, Latin, Dutch)
» Pizza is a word derived from – French, Italian, Hindi
» Herbivorous (main diet is – meat, plants, fish)
» /                         / rewrite the word in spelling form
» Was it you who ………………… here yesterday ?  - (supply correct ‘Be’ form)
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