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PRESS RELEASE: SPELLING BEE COMPETITION 2014 - NATIONAL FINAL

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Wales / Cymru

ROUTES INTO LANGUAGES CYMRU NATIONAL
SPELLING BEE COMPETITION 2014 - NATIONAL FINAL

 

SPEEDY SPELLERS COMPETE FOR NATIONAL TITLES
 

On Thursday, 19 June, the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will play host to the fourth annual national final of a literacy competition. Pupils from all over Wales will come together to compete in French, German, Spanish and Welsh 2

On Thursday, 19 June, the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth will play host to the fourth annual national final of a literacy competition. Pupils from all over Wales will come together to compete in French, German, Spanish and Welsh 2nd Language competitions, all hoping to be crowned Queen (or King!) Bee of the Routes into Languages Cymru National Spelling Bee Competition 2014.
 

These 25 pupils have already competed in previous rounds which took place throughout the year. Having succeeded in these class, school and regional competitions, this event will welcome the very best Year 7
multi-lingual spellers in Wales. Since the North and South Wales regional finals in April, the competitors have been given an additional 50 words. They will therefore be tested from a bank of 200 words.
 

Ani Saunders, Manager and Coordinator of Routes into Languages Cymru, said “This is the fourth year that we have run this competition and the enthusiasm shown by the pupils towards learning languages does not falter. I am looking forward to recognising and celebrating their dedication and achievement at the national final tomorrow.”
 

The competition will be opened by Dr Rhodri Llwyd Morgan, Pro Vice-Chancellor of Welsh Language and Culture, and External Engagement at Aberystwyth University and the competitors will be welcomed to Aberystwyth by the town’s Mayor, Cllr Brenda Haines. Following what is guaranteed to be an exciting and nail biting competition, the competitors will be congratulated by John Evans from the European Commission.

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Press enquiries to: Ani Saunders, Routes Cymru Project Manager and Coordinator, email:  ani.saunders@ciltcymru.org.uk, tel: 029 2026 5408

Routes into Languages Cymru website: www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/cymru

 

Notes for editors:

  1. The National Final of the Routes into Languages Cymru National Spelling Bee Competition 2014 will take place at the National Library of Wales on Thursday, 19 June 2014. The competition will begin at 1pm and will finish at 3.30pm.

 

  1. The competition is organised by Routes into Languages Cymru. The national final event is receiving support from CILT Cymru, The European Commission Office in Wales and Bangor University.

 

  1. The following schools have pupils participating in the national final of this competition:
    1. Cyfarthfa High School
    2. Ysgol Bro Dinefwr
    3. Howell’s School
    4. Ysgol John Bright
    5. Ysgol Bro Edern
    6. St Joseph’s Catholic & Anglican High School
    7. Ysgol Maes Garmon
    8. Ysgol Bro Morgannwg
    9. Ysgol Tryfan, Gwynedd

 

  1. For a taste of this competition, the 2011 national final can be viewed by following this link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jwfj5B7kngA&feature=plcp

 

  1. The concept of a multi-lingual Spelling Bee was devised by Jane Driver, a languages teacher in Cambridgeshire. Year 7 pupils are also competing in a National Competition in England which is running in parallel to the competition in Wales.

 

  1. The Routes into Languages programme was developed by three organisations working in partnership: the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML), the HE Academy Subject Centre for Languages, Linguistics and Area Studies (LLAS) and CILT, the National Centre for Languages. The Routes into Languages programme is coordinated by a team at the University of Southampton, directed by Professor Michael Kelly. http://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk/
  2. Routes into Languages Cymru is funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and the Welsh Joint Education Committee (WJEC).

 

  1. Led by CILT Cymru in partnership with 9 universities across Wales, the specific aim of the Routes into Languages Cymru project is to increase the take up of languages from school to university. It encourages young people to have a positive attitude towards their language learning and promotes languages as an essential skill.

 

CILT Cymru is funded by the Welsh Government and is managed by WJEC