INDIA SPELL BEE is a pioneer in conducting spelling competitions among students across major cities in India. Spelling competitions create an awareness of the necessity to spell and pronounce words correctly; it also develops enthusiasm amongst students to learn new words.
The 21st century is full of technology that is designed to help you communicate. However, some of this technology may in fact contribute to poor communication skills. Think of Twitter – while it’s a great way to provide short updates and notices, the 140-character limit means that people frequently abbreviate their words. Because our brains are designed to recognize and comprehend patterns, we are able to understand messages and words w/o all the letters in them, lk this 4 exmple. Using this style to prepare an essay for a class, or a report for your boss, may communicate essential information, but you certainly won’t get any points for style. Of course, you wouldn't think about writing reports in the same format as your tweets and text messages, but remember that repetition contributes to learning and memory, and if you get in the habit of abbreviating words, you might forget how they’re really spelled.
This issue is particularly important for children these days, who are growing up surrounded by this new form of written communication. We know of more than one teacher who has had to mark points off of a test where some or all of the answers were written in “text-speak.” Whether that was because the students weren't being careful, or because they truly didn't know the correct spelling of words, depends on the student and the situation. There’s no doubt, though, that teaching children how to correctly spell words, and how to train themselves to continue to improve their spelling, is a critical part of their education from the earliest grades on.
Spelling affects your reputation – people judge you by your spelling; your misspelled words will give others reason to doubt that you know what you’re talking about. Spelling affects your communication – misspelling a word may change the meaning of the entire sentence, depending on which word you've misspelled. Spell-check doesn't work all the time, because some misspellings are words themselves, but your readers will notice. If you’re in school, spelling mistakes will lower your grade. If you’re in a business, spelling mistakes may lower your revenue. In either case, spelling mistakes will lower other people’s opinions of your intelligence and abilities.