Spelling Bee

FeriaSCSC Spanish Spelling Bee

  • Open to students from all categories.
  • Each school may have two students participate in the spelling bee.
  • We recommend the school conduct their own spelling bee or system of selection in order to select their representative.
  • The booklet of words will be available online for you to download and practice; make as many copies as you need for your students.
  • Students will be assigned a randomly selected card with a number as they register. This will be their order for the competition.


Official Rules and Guidelines

  1. All the words used for the spelling competition will be taken and can be found in the various sources such as the Real Academia dictionary, Diccionario abreviado del español actual, the Diccionario práctico del estudiante or a Spanish dictionary of the same quality.
  1. The competition will be conducted in the following manner:
  • The contestant can ask the Pronouncer to repeat the word only once, define it, and/

or use it in a sentence.

  • The contestant can write the word down on a small chalkboard if he/she wishes.

The judges and the public will not see what has been written. It is only to help

the contestant visualize the word before spelling it orally. The student can see the

written word as he/she spells it orally.

  • After beginning to spell a word, the contestant can stop and start over, retracing the

spelling from the beginning, but in retracing there can be no change of letters or

their sequence from those first pronounced. If letters or their sequence is changed,

the contestant will be eliminated.

  • The oral spelling should be correct and complete using the pronunciation of the Spanish alphabet. Special marks must be included (i.e., accents, diérisis {ü}, capital letters, etc). Such marks may be spelled out during or after the word has been spelled out. A contestant may not be disqualified for failing to pronounce the word either before or after spelling it.


  • Any question or objection concerning the spelling of a word should be immediately brought to the attention of the pronouncer or event host. The judges will render the final decision. Participants are not allowed to challenge the judges’ decision. The time allowed for an objection is before the next contestant receives his/her word. No appeal will be entertained after that word has been given to another speller.


  • The judges are in full control of the competition. Their decision is final, except in case of a serious error. In such a case, the pronouncer will intervene and along with the judges will make a final decision.
  • When the contestants are reduced to two, the elimination procedure changes:

1.When one contestant misspells a word, the other contestant shall be given an

opportunity to spell that same word. If the second contestant spells that word

correctly, plus the next word on the pronouncer’s list, then the second contestant

shall be declared the champion.

2.  If one of the last two spellers misses and the other, after correcting the error,

misspells the new word submitted to him/her, then the misspelled new word shall

be referred to the first speller. If the first speller then succeeds in correcting the

error and correctly spells the next word on the pronouncer’s list, then he/she shall

be declared the champion.


  • If both spellers misspell the same word, both shall continue in the contest, and

the one who first misspelled the word shall be given a new word to spell. The

competition will continue in this manner following the regulations in a. and b. of

this section.

  • When spelling a word orally, the following letters should be clarified:


  1. la b será “be”
  2. la v será “uve”
  3. la w será “uve doble”
  4. la r será “ere” o “erre”
  5. la rr será “ ere, ere” o “erre, erre”
  6. la ll será “ele, ele”
  7. la y será “ye”
  8. la ch será “ce, hache”
  9. la ñ será “eñe”
  10. la q será “cu”
  11. la letra mayúscula será “mayúscula”

Official Pronunciation Guide from the RAE

Team Members – 6-7 Adults

  • Event Host – Introduce the team members and their role, review the rules, and remind the audience that filming, cell phones, and noisy distractions are not permitted during the competition.
  • Pronouncer – Native fluency and a clear voice.
  • Judges – 3-4 adults to determine whether or not the word was spelled correctly. Their judgement is final. Protesting a decision is not allowed by students. Only the teacher sponsor may object.
  • Objection Monitor – This person is to be seated near the teacher sponsors. In the event a teacher wants to protest a decision by the judges, they must immediately notify the monitor who will meet with the judges and the pronouncer to reach a final decision before moving on to the next word. Protests should be used only in the case of a serious error.

To download the Spelling list,Click here.