Junior wordsmiths set for Scrabble battle

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 April, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 April, 2009, 12:00am

Thirty-two teams of students will contest the coveted wordsmith title in the annual Scrabble competition today.

Divided into senior primary and junior secondary sections, the Sixth Inter-School Scrabble Championship 2009 is co-organised by Mattel and BroadLearning Education. Students from 32 schools will battle it out over heaps of word tiles and game boards at CNEC Lee I Yao Memorial Secondary School.

Each participating school will field three to four students for three rounds of one-on-one competitions. Winners will be awarded certificates and prizes.

Winnie Lor Wing-suen, executive director of BroadLearning Education, said the annual competition provided a chance for students to hone their spelling skills. 'Many students find it difficult to spell English words. The competition lets them learn how to spell English in a fun and interactive way.'

Tsang Chung-ting, 13, a Form One student at Queen's College, was one of the finalists. He said the key to mastering the game was reading English books. 'I read an English book every night,' he said.

Chen Jingxian, 16, a Form Two student from Cheung Chuk Shan College, said Scrabble sharpened her mind.

Hui Kwok-ting, an English teacher at S.K.H. St Michael's Primary School helped train the students. He had set up a Scrabble club at his school to nurture students' interest in spelling.