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suffixes and root words. STRUCTURE Zonal Preliminary Round (Saturday 27 March 2010) Zonal Championships (Saturday 24 April 2010) Grand Finals (Tuesday 1 June 2010) National Spelling Championship Information Booklet – 2 February 2010 2 . 5 and 6 pupils in Singapore. In the process. pupils will gain an awareness of phonemes and syllabication while enriching their vocabulary through the study of prefixes. The competition is designed to provide pupils with the opportunities to pit their spelling skills against one another by applying strategies to help them spell words both familiar and unfamiliar to them.NATIONAL SPELLING CHAMPIONSHIP(NSC) RATIONALE The National Spelling Championship (NSC) aims to develop a greater appreciation of the importance of spelling in literacy development among Primary 4.

The top 10% of the participants will be invited to take part in the semi-finals. Fifty words will be read aloud to the pupils by a Pronouncer. (Please refer to Rules Section in these notes). GRAND FINALS The format of the Finals will be similar to that of the Zonals. The pupils will have to spell the words on paper. The words will become increasingly difficult with each new round such that fewer finalists will remain at the end each round (note that there is no fixed number of rounds at the Zonal Championships or the Grand Finals as this is dependent on the number of pupils eliminated at the end of each round). ZONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS Participants will be invited to take their seats on the stage and they will take turns to spell aloud words read to them by a Pronouncer. A participant who spells the word incorrectly or is unable to spell the given word within a time limit of 30 seconds will be eliminated. Each word is contextualised with an example so that the meaning and form of the word are clearly understood. The Zonal Champion Speller will be awarded a trophy. A new word will be given to each participant to be spelled aloud each time. they will also be rank ordered with all the other finalists from the Zonal Championships. The 1st and 2nd runners-up will also receive trophies and certificates. a certificate and a confirmed slot at the Grand Finals. The participants will be eliminated at each round of the competition until one speller emerges as the champion. Only the top 15 spellers ranked nationwide will earn a chance to compete at the Grand Finals. the 1st runner up and the Zonal Champion emerges. Participants can ask relevant questions to help them with the spelling.Format of the Competition ZONAL PRELIMINARY ROUND Participants are required to take a pen-and-paper test of about 60 minutes. However. The elimination process will continue until the 2nd runner up. National Spelling Championship Information Booklet – 2 February 2010 3 .

*Please note that there is no fixed number of rounds at the Zonals or Grand Finals as this is dependent on the number of pupils eliminated at the end of each round. Remaining pupils who produce the correct spelling proceed to the next round. Round 3* Rest of the pupils fail to spell the words correctly and are eliminated. making a total of 15 Grand Finalists. National Spelling Championship Information Booklet – 2 February 2010 4 . ☺ ☺ The Zonal Champion automatically goes on to the Grand Finals. Remaining pupils spell the words correctly and proceed to the next round. ☺ The top 3 pupils left who produce the correct spelling will be the Zonal Champion. 1st and 2nd runners-up.Possible Scenario at the Zonal Championships Zonal-finalists Round 1 ☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺ Pupils fail to spell the words correctly and are eliminated. They are joined by 11 ranked finalists. ☺ Round 2 Pupils fail to spell the words correctly and are eliminated.

That is.Rules of the Competition Rules (A) Eligibility Details Speller must meet these requirements • • • (B) Special Needs (C) Pronouncer’s Role He/She must be a Primary 4. II. The Pronouncer will respond to the speller’s requests for the following: I. III. hearing. or movement. he/she will not be able to take part in the Zonals or the Grand Finals of the competition. • • • If a word has one or more homonyms. Definition of the word Example in a sentence Language of origin Root word Alternative pronunciation (if there is any) National Spelling Championship Information Booklet – 2 February 2010 5 . The organising committee has the discretionary power to amend spelling requirements on a case-by-case basis for spellers with special diagnosed medical conditions involving sight. speech. 17th edition (2006). He/She must be nominated by the school to participate in the Preliminary Round of the competition. IV. V. or physical movement. The organising committee will strive to accommodate spellers with special physical needs involving sight. speech. the Pronouncer will indicate which word is to be spelled by defining the word. The Pronouncer is required to strive to pronounce words according to the diacritical markings (for UK pronunciations) in the Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary (EPD). 5 or 6 pupil in any Primary School or Primary Section of a Full School. Once a pupil is disqualified at the Preliminary Round or at the Zonals of the competition. hearing. he/she remains disqualified for the subsequent rounds of the competition.

The judges may request the Pronouncer to correct the error as soon as it is detected. displays unsportsmanlike behaviour. Disqualifications for reasons other than clear spelling: The judges will disqualify a speller in any of the following circumstances when he/she: • • • • • refuses to start spelling upon the Pronouncer’s request after the time limit has lapsed. Their decision is final in all the rounds of the competition. National Spelling Championship Information Booklet – 2 February 2010 6 . If the Pronouncer makes a mistake: The judges will check the Pronouncer’s pronunciation with the diacritical markings in the word list. utters unintelligible sounds in the process of spelling. Interaction with the speller: The judges may request the spellers to face them when pronouncing and spelling the word. does not approach the microphone when it is time to receive a word. alters the letters or sequence of letters from those first uttered in the process of retracing a spelling.Rules (D) Judges’ Role Details The judges will uphold the rules and determine whether the words are spelled correctly or not. Notice of rules: The judges ensure that all spellers are given the complete copy of rules prior to the Zonals and the Grand Finals.

Participant: Can I have an example in a sentence?* Pronouncer: The octogenarian just celebrated his 88th birthday with his family last evening. Participant: (after 5 seconds) o-c-t-o-g-e-n-a-r-i-a-n. the Pronouncer will check if there is any question before proceeding to request that the participant spells the word.Interaction with the Pronouncer – An Example An Example of a Word Read Out to a Participant During the Semi-finals or Finals of the National Spelling Championship. Do you have any questions? Participant: What’s the language of origin?* Pronouncer: Latin Participant: Is there any root word?* Pronouncer: ‘octo’ in ‘octogenarian’ means ‘eight’ Participant: Can I have the meaning of the word? Pronouncer: ‘octogenarian’ refers to a person between 80 and 89 years old. Questions can be asked in any order. Participants need to say the word once after they have spelt it so as to inform the judge that they have completed their spelling of the word. The timekeeper starts timing. National Spelling Championship Information Booklet – 2 February 2010 7 . If the participant does not ask all 3 questions.** Please spell ‘octogenarian’. Pronouncer: Spell ‘octogenarian’. octogenarian*** One of the judges rings the bell upon correct spelling of the word. (Confirming judges’ decision) Pronouncer * ** *** That is correct! Participants are NOT required to ask any questions. You have used all your questions.

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