Bulgarian National English Spelling Bee

by CORPluS Foundation Vetted since 2012 Effective Nonprofit Site Visit Verified

Summary

The Spelling Bee project aims to strengthen the English language skills of Bulgarian students and teachers. The competition takes place at three levels: local, regional and national. The school winners participate in one of the ten regional bees. The best students from each regional competition advance to the national final. The 30 national qualifiers and their teachers attend a week long English language Spelling Bee summer camp. In 2017 more than 6600 students from 304 schools took part.

$10,000
total goal
$8,663
remaining
20
donors
0
monthly donors
2
years

Challenge

The Bulgarian education system seems not fully prepared to respond to the needs of interested students with additional opportunities to improve their language skills. Extracurricular activities have proved to be excellent teaching tools that ensure a motivating learning environment. English language teachers, especially those from underdeveloped communities, have limited access to teaching resources and workshops. They rarely have the opportunity to engage with native speakers.

Solution

The competition is a successful educational tool that promotes general language improvement, expanded vocabulary, accurate word usage and pronunciation and strengthens students' poise and communication skills. Additionally, the teachers reported that the use of Spelling Bee resources in their regular English classes increased students' interest and motivation. The organization of the school competitions helped them gain valuable experience which they will use in managing of other school events.

Long-Term Impact

The Spelling Bee project aims to promote the improvement in the use of the English language. Firstly, students will get excited about the study of English and expand their knowledge through fun and innovative activities. They will also improve their confidence to present to an audience, as well as their ability to compete. Secondly, the teachers will increase the effectiveness of the English language instruction and will improve the quality of their work by using interactive teaching techniques.

Resources

Spelling Bee website
Spelling Bee facebook page

Organization Information

CORPluS Foundation

Location: Sofia, Sofia city - Bulgaria
Website: http:/​/​corplus.org
Project Leader:
Dimitar Tsekov
Sofia, Sofia city Bulgaria

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.