Swansea University hosts National Final of annual Spelling Bee event

Swansea University will host the National Final of the Spelling Bee 2018 on its Singleton Park Campus, with around 80 pupils from 38 schools across Wales set to attend.

Taking place on 4 July, the event will bring to a close the annual competition that is designed to support Year 7 students studying French, German, Spanish and Welsh Second Language in schools across Wales. The event has received significant interest, with 4,800 pupils signing up for the Spelling Bee in September 2017.

Spelling BeeRoutes into Languages Cymru is a pan-Wales collaborative outreach project aiming to raise the profile of Modern Languages at a national level, with British Council Wales and the European Commission in Wales as partners. Lecturer in Spanish Dr Geraldine Lublin works with Routes Cymru on behalf of Swansea’s Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting Department.

Dr Lublin said: “Swansea University’s role within Routes Cymru has been increasingly prominent in a number of ways, such as the government-funded Routes Language Ambassadors Scheme, which sends our language students to schools in order to promote languages, and the Lingo Map blogs written by our students on their year abroad.

“The forthcoming National Final of the Spelling Bee is another success, where we will be hosting representatives from the European Commission in Wales, the Spanish Embassy Education Office and the Goethe-Institut, as well as Routes Cymru staff.

“We are thrilled to welcome these pupils and teachers who have been working so hard since the autumn to represent their schools at the Final. I’m really looking forward to what is sure to be another exciting and engaging event!”