The U.S Embassy in partnership with Cameroon English Language Teachers Association (CAMELTA) held its third annual Spelling Bee Competition in Douala on March 16, 2016 hosted by the DuVAAL Bilingual Comprehensive College Beedi. Close to 700 guests including pedagogic inspectors, teachers, school administrators, parents and the media attended the event. After more than three and a half hours of students attempting to spell the close to one thousand five hundred English words given during the competition, Eleven year old Neba Ama’anwi Amabo from the Douala Academy of Arts and Sciences won the competition by correctly spelling the winning word “JINX”.
The twenty seven participants who took part in this year’s competition represented nine Douala based secondary schools; DuVAAL Bilingual Comprehensive College, Douala Academy of Arts and Sciences, GBHS Bojongo, Bridge International School, National Comprehensive College, Faith Disas International College, Atlanta Bilingual Comprehensive High School, Amity International College and Bonchouo College.
Addressing the audience in his opening remarks, Principal Officer at the Embassy Branch office Douala Stuart Wilson, congratulated the spellers while underlining the importance of fun activities in language and knowledge acquisition. He further stressed on the excellent platform this event would help to enable the youths develop proper learning habits and team spirit; qualities that are important to promote social development. The schools where encouraged to add spelling Bee as one of the activities in their English Clubs. Developing spelling skills will go a long way to create a clear distinction in the writing ability of students.
The Spelling Bee is part of the U.S. Embassy’s English Language outreach programs to enhance students’ interest in English language proficiency, thus equipping them with the skills necessary to access relevant information about the United States. The Douala event was the first of the three Spelling Bee competitions the Embassy will organize in Cameroon this year. The next event is scheduled in Bafoussam on April 6, 2016.
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