Announcing that the second season of Spelling Bee will kick-off on January 15, Champs21.com held a views-exchange meeting with English teachers of Chittagong schools at Theatre Institute Chittagong yesterday.
The English spelling contest, participated by class VI-X students, was launched for the first time in the country last year by Champs21.com, an initiative of The Daily Star, with Horlicks as the sponsor.
The main purpose of the contest is to help students improve their English spelling, increase their vocabulary, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage.
Like the first season, students this year have to register at www.champs21.com between January 15 and February 28 to play free online games. Students may play the game as many times as they wish. Only the best score will be considered.
Top spellers from the first round will be selected and moved to a division level round. From the division level round, all over the nation, the top 72 spellers will move to a TV based round.
Champs21.com Chief Executive Officer Russell T Ahmed said last year nearly 1 lakh students from some 1,000 schools took part in the contest.
“We hope this year's participants would number over 2 lakh from nearly 3,000 schools,” he said.
He urged some 182 teachers of around 90 schools who attended yesterday's meeting to motivate their students and train them up for the upcoming contest.
During the meeting with English teachers, head teachers, and principals, the contest organisers explained the competition format, modalities and training of students for the competition.
Our staff correspondent from Rajshahi reports that meanwhile the kick-off date was also announced at a discussion with Rajshahi city school teachers, organised by Champs21.com in a hotel in Rajshahi city.
Ashrafullah, representative of Champs21.com, said the contest this year would be held in the country's seven divisions and it was two less last year.
Around 100 teachers from 32 schools, who participated in the discussion, said they would start preparing their students for the contest, either inside the classrooms or though extra coaching outside class hours.
They hoped that this year's winner would be a student from the Rajshahi division.
Md Adeeb Ul Haque of Cantonment English School and College, Chittagong clinched last year's title.