Established back in the year 2010, Japan Times Bee (now called ‘Japan Spelling Bee’) is the only spelling bee competition organized in Japan. It is officially licensed by The Scripps National Spelling Bee in the United States. The Japan Spelling Bee is Japan’s national level spelling bee competition. This spelling bee is one of the most popular spelling bees around the world.
Purpose of the Japan Times Bee
The spelling bee has a long and overwhelming history. Ever since its inception about a century ago in the United States, this spelling event has spread all across the globe, bringing young minds together under a single roof as they test their spelling skills to the limit.
The spelling bee is one of the most competitive events organized for school children. The event not only promotes this healthy competition among the participants, but it also helps develop their spelling and vocabulary skills.
Apart from that, the spelling bee can also help them understand etymology, how root words work, pronunciation, and so on.
Japan is one of the most developed and academically advanced countries in the world. To ensure further development of the youth, they adopted the spelling bee. Collaborating with the Scripps Spelling Bee, the Japan Times Bee has gone on to become quite popular.
Registration and enrollment
Firstly, schools willing to participate at the Japan Spelling Bee are to register at the Scripps Spelling Bee website as well as at the Japan Spelling Bee website. Not being able to follow this procedure will result in the failure of the spelling bee registration.
Then, the registered schools are to organize a spelling bee among their respective students. The winner from each of the participating school is then sent to the Japan Spelling Bee held in March.
Finally, the champion is sent to the US to take part at the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals held in the same year.
Note: Home schooled kids can participate in the Japan Spelling Bee too. In that case, they will have to register with their affiliated school or institution, and that school or institution has to be registered for the Japan Times Bee as well as for the Scripps National Spelling Bee, just like the other schools. Home schooled kids will have to participate in the school bee of their affiliated institutions.
Each speller has to spell their word out loud on stage. They are allowed to make request for the definition of the word. The language of origin, and the use of the word in a sentence can also be requested.
Spellers, however, are not allowed to go back and change the order of their spelling once they have misspelled a word or delivered a letter out loud which they then realize is wrong.
When is the next Japan Spelling Bee?
The 11th Japan Spelling Bee is scheduled to take place on March 7th, 2020. Next year, the Japan Spelling Bee will take place at Josai University.
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