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Published: 29 June 2015 at 15:14

Over 100 students will show off their flair for languages in biggest Spelling Bee ever

La crème de la crème of Year 7 language students will showcase their skills in a Spelling Bee competition at Anglia Ruskin University on Friday, 3 July.

Having already seen off competition from over 74,000 schoolchildren across the country, 108 pupils will travel to Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus to take part in the grand final of the Routes into Languages National Spelling Bee.

The finalists in the three different languages – French, German and Spanish – have already won through school and regional heats.  The pupils have had 200 words to memorise in their chosen language and the winner will be the one who correctly translates and spells the most number of words in 60 seconds.

The competition has seen 74,445 pupils in total take part from around 590 schools, more than ever before.  It is again sponsored by the European Commission and Vocab Express.

Sarah Schechter, Project Manager for Routes into Languages East at Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“The number of pupils taking part has increased by more than 13,000 this year which is thrilling to see.
“It means more and more are taking the opportunity to improve their language skills, which has a positive impact on other subjects too.
“We are looking forward to a keenly contested final and to those talented pupils preparing to take part, we say ‘bonne chance!’”

For more information about Routes into Languages, visit http://www.routesintolanguages.ac.uk