En Francais: Third Annual French Spelling Bee

Published: November 10, 2011 | Read Time: 1 minutes

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, SUU’s French speaking students will be gathering to prove their wits at the third annual French spelling bee, hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages and Philosophy.

With three levels of competition (first year, second year and advanced), the competition is open to all and promises prizes worthy of the effort, including extra credit, dictionaries and verb books, various French fare and one secret prize.

The campus community is also welcome to join in as audience members at what is sure to be an impressive display of our students’ smarts.

Foreign Languages & Philosophy Department Chair and Associate Professor of French Elise Leahy says the annual French spelling bee is a great activity that allows students to practice their vocabulary skills and is a great motivation to study.

Jacob Thompson, a senior French and Spanish dual major, and Arka Menon, a senior French major, both agree. Both have competed in years past.

Menon says his best memory of the competitions was “almost winning twice.” Though he has yet to be crowned top speller, Menon’s enthusiasm for the event is apparent, and he says students of all academic backgrounds should have fun cheering on their peers.

“It really is very fun,” says Menon. “It’s not so much about winning as it is a celebration among those who enjoy the French language.

He adds, “If nothing else, it is very different from anything else you’ll do while at SUU.”

The third annual bee will be held in room 109 of the General Classroom Building at 6 p.m. next Tuesday. There is no charge for participation or admission, and all are welcome.

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