Project-based learning and a great American tradition, the spelling bee, come together this semester as the Intensive English as a Second Language Program in English Language Studies holds its program-wide spELLing bee (the "ELL" stands for "English Language Learners"), sponsored by Pearson.
For the first time this year, the event will be intercollegiate, with ESL students from the New School competing with ESL students from Pace University.
This semester-long project begins with reading teachers guiding pre-matriculated ESL students, the majority of whom are working towards fulfilling their English language requirements for admission to Parsons or Mannes, to choose useful words from their reading materials, find definitions and write example sentences, and compile this all into master lists. Students then study the lists and practice the protocols for spelling bees. In-class competitions produce finalists, who will go to compete in the Finals, open to the public, in the Tishman Auditorium. Feel the suspense as these brave English language learners show their mastery of the intricacies of English spelling.