Australian students are invited to put their spelling skills to the test, as schools around the nation prepare to take part in Word Mania, a free online spelling competition with a prize-pool of over $350,000.
Created by LiteracyPlanet, an award-winning online English literacy education program, Word Mania challenges students to create as many words as they can in three minutes, from 15 randomly generated letter tiles. It is free to enter for any students from Years 1 to 9.
LiteracyPlanet CEO, Adam McArthur, said the company is excited to see how Australian students can improve on last year’s incredible performance, “In 2018, we had students from 106 countries participate in our competitions, building 208 million words from more than 9 million games. We are looking forward to seeing what students can do this year.”
Word Mania aims to challenge students to think outside the box and develop crucial literacy skills while improving their vocabulary and word knowledge.
Lauren Johnson, an English teacher at Word Mania champions Thomas Hassall Anglican College, said, “It is refreshing to see students who are usually disengaged become enthused about a program that helps with their reading and writing.”
The Practice Round is open until 9 August 2019, before the official Competition Rounds take place from 12 to 23 August 2019.
Top-performing schools will qualify for the Final Round from 28 to 30 August 2019 and have the chance to win up to $350,000 in prizes.
LiteracyPlanet CEO Adam McArthur added, “The highlight of Word Mania for the LiteracyPlanet team is not just seeing such a high level of engagement from students, but noticing the impressive rate of improvement over the course of the competition.”
Teachers can register their students for LiteracyPlanet’s Word Mania for free by clicking here.