The 11th
Japan Spelling Bee
on March 7, 2020

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What is Japan Spelling Bee?

Rules

Under spelling bee rules, each speller must spell their word out loud, and they can request the definition, the language of origin and an alternate pronunciation as well as hearing the word used in an example sentence. Spellers cannot go back and change the order of their spelling once they have spelled a letter out loud.

History and purpose

The spelling bee has a history of over 90 years. It first started in the U.S. in 1925 when nine newspapers joined together to host a spelling bee. Its purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase vocabulary, learn concepts and develop correct English usage.

In addition to a deeper appreciation for language, it also gives participants important lessons on the value of hard work and memories that will last a lifetime.

Past champions and participating schools