Asia’s largest spelling bee kicks off in Bangkok
50 finalists from Asian Primary and Secondary schools head to Bangkok for the Asia Spelling Cup 2016
SINGAPORE: Qooco, the mobile language learning solutions provider, announces the launch of the 4th Asia Spelling Cup – the largest Spelling Bee in Asia. Fifty finalists from Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Thailand will head to Bangkok, Thailand to compete in the Asia Spelling Cup at the Conrad Bangkok hotel on Saturday November 12, 2016.
The finalists will receive an all-expenses paid return trip to Bangkok, inclusive of accommodation, food and travel, and the six winners (three from Primary school level, three from Secondary school level) will receive prizes that include $2,000 USD for first place, $1,000 USD for second place, and an iPad for third place.
The finalists were chosen from multiple schools throughout the four participating nations. Primary and Secondary school students from China applied to the Asia Spelling Cup 2016 via the Qooco Arena Competition Game mobile App. The App consisted of one test featuring six segments that gauged the users’ listening, speaking and spelling skills, with the top students by score chosen as finalists.
Finalists from Malaysia have been chosen in partnership with the New Straits Times Newspaper’s RHB – New Straits Times National Spell It Right Challenge (SIR) competition. SIR is the most well-known spelling competition in Malaysia, with over 23,000 students from across the country competing to win the title of ‘Malaysia’s Best Speller’. The winners from SIR have been selected to represent Malaysia at the Asia Spelling Cup 2016.
Students attending from Indonesia and Thailand were hand-picked by Qooco based on their academic records as submitted by schools in both nations.
‘This is the 4th Asia Spelling Cup in a row and we believe this year will be even better’ says David Topolewski, CEO of Qooco, adding ‘we have reached out to thousands of applicants during the pre-selection process, who are able to apply via mobile or through their schools.
“This means we are able to draw on some of the most talented Primary and Secondary school students in the region. Historically, many of the words they get in the finals I struggle to spell, despite being a native English speaker! This year will no doubt be just as nail biting and exciting and a true reflection of the talent in Asia’.
The Asia Spelling Cup will also be live streamed via Facebook Live, available to view via the Asia Spelling Cup Facebook page, @asiaspellingcup.
Last year, Indonesia claimed top prizes for both Primary and Secondary school levels at the Asia Spelling Cup 2015, with Felicia Danielle (10 years old, Primary) and Samuel Tang (13 years old, Secondary), with the winning being rhetoric and kielbasa respectively.
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