On Friday, students from my CAE classes watched one of my favorite films 'Spellbound,' which profiles eight adolescents and their families as they prepare for the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee. There's a blog up about Speller No. 128, who's competing in this year's nationals. For up to the minute general information about this English spelling competition, click here.
On May 28, 2009 (Thursday), ABC will televise the final round at 8 PM (Eastern). Be sure to watch. It's guaranteed to be spellbinding.
I discovered last week that students from outside the USA can also compete in our 'national' spelling bee. So, why do we call it the 'National' Spelling Bee, when, in fact, it has been international for many years?