Twenty-four of the Kyrgyz Republic’s best English language spellers will participate in the 2022 National Spelling Bee Contest. The National Spelling Bee – hosted by the Lingua Foundation for Innovative Education and the U.S. Embassy in the Kyrgyz Republic – will take place on October 29, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. at the American Center at the Republican Library for Children and Youth named after K. Bayalinov (242 Tynystanov St, Bishkek).
For the last two months, the network of eight U.S. Embassy-funded American Spaces in the Kyrgyz Republic organized local spelling bee contests to select three participants from each region to compete in the national contest. This year marks the fifth year that the American Spaces have organized English spelling bees. These contests encourage young people to learn the English language and present educational opportunities for young people across the Kyrgyz Republic.
In November 2022, the top three winners of the National Spelling Bee will represent the Kyrgyz Republic in the U.S. Government-funded Central Asian Regional Spelling Bee Contest in Tashkent and will compete with top spellers from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan.
Spelling bees started in the United States in the 1800s, as schools tried to motivate students to learn the standardized spellings from the newly published Webster’s Dictionary. The first national competition was held in 1908 in Cleveland and the event has been an annual one since 1925.
Spelling bees require contestants to recite words he or she hears and correctly spell them as listed in the dictionary. The person may ask the host to repeat the word; provide the definition, part of speech and language of origin, and use it in a sentence. The difficulty of the words varies, as English has adopted many words from other languages.
The program is free and open to the public. For press inquiries, please contact the U.S. Embassy Kyrgyz Republic Press Service at: BishkekPAS@state.gov or by phone at 0312 597000, 0770 770299.