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  Important Dates

   February 10th, 2018
   Registration Deadline

   February 23rd & 24th, 2018
   Written Rounds

   March 3rd, 2018
   Announcement of Finalists

March 17th, 2018 at 2 pm
   Final Bee Contest

  Contact Info
American Library in Karlsruhe
Kanalweg 52
   76149 Karlsruhe, Germany
   Tel. (0721) 7 27 52

Bee E-Mail: 
  PDF Downloads 2018

  Registration Form

  Rules and Regulations

  Word Lists Bees

  Just words

  Words with Eng. definitions

  Words with Ger. translations

  Word Lists EBees

  Just words

  Words with Eng. definitions



Welcome to the homepage of the American Library Spelling Bee!

Take part in the American Library Spelling Bee, a fun and challenging English-language event!

Below you will find all you need to know about the Spelling Bee, but if you still have any questions or if something isn't clear, please contact us by e-mail: .

Best wishes,
Your Bee Hive
The American Library Spelling Bee Organizing Committee

What is a spelling bee?
A spelling bee is a typical American spelling contest. It's important to learn the proper spelling of English words, which can sometimes be tricky - why not have fun while you are at it?

Who can participate?
All kids born after July 27, 2001 who know or are learning English can sign up. This means you are 16 or younger throughout the 2017/2018 Baden-Württemberg school year. Whole classrooms can participate if the teacher is willing to help out (special info for teachers below)!

The students are divided into two groups:
  • E-Bees (students taught primarily in English)
  • Bees (students taught primarily in a language other than English, e.g., students from German schools or in non-English sections in international schools)
Students who qualify for the Bee group may participate in the E-Bee group if they so desire. However, students who qualify for the E-Bee group may not participate in the Bee group. Students who primarily speak English at home but are taught in German are encouraged to sign up for the E-Bee group.

How does it work?
Students first take a written test based on the words for your group (word lists on the left). This will be February 23rd and 24th, 2018 either at the American Library or at your school. If you are among the top students, you will be invited to participate in the oral final contest at the American Library on March 17th, 2018.

What do I need to do?
  • Determine if you are an E-Bee (taught primarily in English) or a Bee (taught primarily in a language other than English).
  • Download the appropriate word list (200 words) and see if this is something you want to do (links are on the left).
  • Fill out and print a registration form (link on the left). Be sure an adult signs it! Send the form and €5 registration fee to the library - or drop it off in person. Please include an e-mail address.
  • Start learning!
  • Preliminary written rounds (February 23rd and 24th, 2018) can take place in your classroom or at the American Library — depending on how many in your class are participating and how far away you live. You can choose the most convenient date.
  • The preliminary round will consist of 20 words taken from the list plus 10 extra words. Organizers will read words out loud and use them in a sentence. You will be asked to write the words down.
  • The 40 best students (20 from each group) will be invited to participate in the Final Bee on March 17th, 2018 at the American Library.
Why should you do this?
Because it's fun (really!), you learn loads of new words that you can also use in school, and there are cool prizes to win, including Tablets/E-readers and gift certificates!

Join our mailing list
If you would like to join our mailing list and receive the latest news along with the newsletter,The Honeycomb, please send us an e-mail (in German or English).

Special Information for Teachers

Materials for the Classroom
If you would like to receive any of the materials listed below, please send us an e-mail and we will be more than happy to help.
  • Two movies about spelling bees to show in the classroom — please contact the American Library directly for more information.
  • A worksheet on how to run a mini-spelling bee in the classroom.
  • Spelling Bee 2018 promotional materials (flyers and posters).
Hosting the preliminary (written) round at your school
If you would like to host the preliminary (written) round of the American Library Spelling Bee 2018 at your school for your students, please get in touch with the Bee Hive sooner rather than later to help us plan. You must inform us ahead of time in order to participate. What you need to know:
  • The teacher collects the correctly filled out registration forms and fees and sends them to the BeeHive.
  • Once we have the registration forms and fees, the teacher will receive the written test, answer sheets for the students and personalized certificates of participation for each student.
  • The teacher may administer the preliminary test either during school hours as part of the normal curriculum or as an after-school activity.
  • The teacher does not correct these tests.
  • The time involved in giving the test is less than half an hour.
  • The preliminary tests must be returned to the Bee Hive no later than Tuesday, February 27th, 2018 so that we have sufficient time to correct the tests.
  • If more than 10 students in one class wish to participate in the Spelling Bee 2018, please contact the Bee Hive for a special discount.

Thanks to the City of Karlsruhe Public Library System, the US Consulate General (Frankfurt), micorworks GmbH,  and the Friends of the American Library for support. 

Special thanks to Zarske Design for the Spelling Bee logo.