On October 3, 2019, the English Club, in cooperation with the Advising and Guidance Unit, held the Fall 2019 Spelling Bee Competition. Nearly two dozen students at varying levels of study participated in the event, which was monitored by Academic Guidance Counselor, Dr. Dawood Mahdi. The event featured cash prizes from Jarir Bookstore. 500 SR in gift certificates were distributed to the top 3 finishers (300 for 1st, 150 for 2nd and 50 for 3rd).
This year's spelling bee was conducted differently, and the newly styled competition was more challenging. In the first level, competitors were given a word scramble that they had to revise into a cogent sentence. The purpose of this is to ensure that students understand the definition and proper usage of their ever-expanding vocabulary. In the second level, the number of syllables in each word given increased commensurately with each round. The final authority and sole source for selecting the words for the spelling bee was the Merriam-Webster Unabridged dictionary, which is available at https://unabridged.merriam-webster.com
The competition was intense and exciting, lasting more than an hour and a half. Well into the 4th grueling round, the first and second place winners emerged victoriously: Abdulrahim Ali (1st Place) and Hamad Ghanam (2nd Place). Both performed magnificently. Then the competition took an unexpected turn. A fierce battle for third place among Faisal Al-Dosary, Abdulrahim Qahtani, Abdullah Ali and Othman Shamsi ensued in a 'sudden death' lightning round. The pages in the dictionary rustled loudly as the remaining contestants successfully dispatched word after word. English Club Director and Spelling Bee Judge Faisal Alfadhil could hardly contain his excitement. "This year's competition really brought the best out of the competitors," he said. Finally, after many additional rounds Abdulrahim Al-Qahtani claimed third place.
The Spelling Bee is an important activity for the Faculty of Languages and Translation. It allows all students at the university to test their limits and showcase their skills. The friendly competition and prizes associated with 'The Bee' adds an element of excitement. Director Alfadhil said: "The Spelling Bee is great in so many ways. In preparation for the competition, the students increase their English vocabulary. The event itself gives the contestants valuable experience in performing under pressure and speaking in public. We are so proud of everyone who participated."
The English language is important in many career fields. One can practice language skills in a variety of ways. It is worth noting that all of our top 3 finishers in the Spelling Bee are avid readers of English language books and articles. Both scientific research and anecdotal evidence indicate that reading is a critical skill in language proficiency expansion. It is also worth noting that Hamad Ghanam and Abdulrahim Al-Qahtani regularly attend the FLT's Language Enhancement Program (LEP). This program helps students improve all of their English language skills through informal practice. The LEP is open Sunday through Thursday and all students from every college/department are welcome.
The Faculty of Languages and Translation is dedicated to sponsoring events and programs that benefit students and encourages increased participation in the English Club. From making language learning fun to bridging the gap between theoretical and practical language usage, the FLT is focused on providing the necessary language tools to all students. Under the vision and tutelage of Dean Abdullah Al-Melhi, extracurricular activities and competitive events that promote learning and enhance engagement are always expanding.
The FLT congratulates all of those who participated in the Fall 2019 Spelling Bee Competition and offers its highest praise to the winners.
Source: Faculty of Languages and Translation