Readers of The Straits Times can see Singapore's top pupil spellers in action, battling for the top spot in the third RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship on April 26, at ITE College Central.
Jerome Ng was first up to the microphone to spell in the West zone - and also the last one standing.
Nanyang Primary School pupil Evelyne Chua, 10, has been working hard not only on her spelling but also on her "small case of stage fright".
More than 1,400 jittery pupils put pen to paper at the word "celsius".
ONE word Primary 6 pupil Alexis Neo, 11, has no problem spelling is "embarrassed" - because of the catchy phrase "red red slap slap" her teacher taught her.
Spelling fever is set to reach a wider audience this year. As part of the RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship (NSC), the public can pick up handy spelling tips through videos on RazorTV.
Catch the kick-off of The Big Spell at Westgate Mall in Jurong on Saturday, from 11.30am to 1pm.
Plucky Ashvin Sivakumar, 12, challenged the judges - twice - to become Singapore's spelling champion yesterday.
Spellers at this year's RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship faced tougher competition in the zonal round yesterday for a spot in the grand final.
Pupils displayed all sorts of nervous tics at yesterday's first round of a nationwide spelling competition.
To register for The Big Spell Grand Final, click here.
Deadline for registration: Wednesday, April 23.
About The Big Spell
This was the little competition that could.
In 2012, the Ministry of Education tied up with The Straits Times, together with sponsor RHB Banking Group, to reinvent its annual spelling competition and take it to greater heights.
Now called the RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship, the competition in its first year more than doubled its participation rate -- reaching 1,200 pupils.
In 2013, that number increased to some 1,400 pupils.
The organisers of The Big Spell, as the event is affectionately called, also tried to reach out to engage more pupils, teachers and parents by introducing a teachers' briefing to equip them with spelling tips they could use in the classroom, as well as fun games online as well as on-air on HOT FM91.3, part of the Singapore Press Holdings' stable of radio stations. Deejays also visited schools to promote good spelling tips among pupils. The Straits Times' publication for primary school pupils, Little Red Dot, carries a series of tips to help pupils improve their spelling, in conjunction with every year's run-up to The Big Spell.
The ultimate goal -- to develop a greater appreciation of the English language and the importance of spelling in literacy development among primary school pupils -- remains true.
For its successful relaunch and engagement with pupils, The Big Spell won two global prizes. They were:
- Commendation for Brand, Young Reader Prize, World Association of Newspapers and Publishers (2012)
- Pacific Area Newspaper Publishers' Association Best Newspaper Event (2012)
In 2014, the event will return with sponsor RHB for the third time, launching on Jan 25.