A spelling bee is a competition in which participants are asked to spell a number of words, of varying degrees of difficulty. The contest originated in the United States, but many other countries around the world organize spelling bees.
In the United States, the National Spelling Bee was started by The Courier-Journal, the newspaper of Louisville, Kentucky in 1925. In 1941, the Scripps Howard News Service began to sponsor the program, and the name changed to ‘Scripps National Spelling Bee’.
In Asia, a spelling bee is conducted up to the international level by MaRRS Spelling Bee. The competition involves learning the correct spelling of words, and their use in sentences in multiple contexts. Currently, it is held in India, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ajman, Ras-al-Khaima, Fujairah, Sharjah, and Umm-Al-Quwain. In Bahrain, an annual spelling bee contest named ‘Spellbound Bahrain’ is conducted for school children an association of Kerala Engineers, named KEEN4.
In Malaysia, The annual NST-RHB Spell-it-Right Challenge is conducted for primary and secondary school students under the Malaysian education syllabus. In Taiwan, the National Spelling Bee Championship is held by Bugstation.tv for young English learners. Thousands of young applicants join this contest each year. Horizons Unlimited is another organization that holds the spelling bee contest, in the southern Indian state of Kerala. In Africa, spelling bee is organized by the African Spelling Bee, which organizes the A contest for children between the age of 7 and 16 across the continent. In Western Australia, the spelling bee is held by the State Library Foundation of Western Australia, for children in school years 5, 6, 7 and 8.
How can you prepare for a spelling bee? A lot of memorizing is involved, as is reading. Here, we give a series of papers, which will ask you to choose the rightly spelt word from among four options. These papers are free and printable.