How to Perform Well – The Kenya National Spelling Bee

How to Perform Well

The more you know, the better you will perform.

All spelling bees require knowledge of English. The more you know, the better you will perform.

Tips on how to perform well:

  • Step forward (to the microphone, if there is one).
  • Face the judges.
  • Speak clearly and loudly enough so that they can hear you.
  • Use the English alphabet.
  • Many languages use the Roman alphabet. Do not use the names or sounds of the letters in French or any other language. Doing so will be considered an error.
  • Repeat the word to make sure that you have heard it accurately.
  • Rehearse the word in your mind before you begin spelling.
  • Once you say a letter you are not allowed to take it back, even if you have not finished the word and know it is wrong.
  • When you’ve finished spelling the word, repeat it. That way the judges know you are finished.
  • Take your time.
  • Asking questions is a good stalling tactic if you need more time to think about the spelling.
  • If you spell your word correctly, be humble about it.