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Australia’s biggest online spelling competition kicks off

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LiteracyPlanet’s Word Mania free online spelling competition for schools is happening again, Word Mania challenges students to build as many words as they can in three minutes from 15 randomly generated letter tiles.

Aussie students have spelled over 40 million words correctly this year with over 2 million Word Mania games already played and a 36% average improvement in scores expected.

Lauren Johnson from Thomas Hassall Anglican College in Sydney, New South Wales, is one teacher who’s noticed a significant improvement in her students.

“It is refreshing to see students who are usually disengaged become enthused about a program that helps with their reading and writing,” she says.

The official Competition Rounds run from 12 August 2019 to 23 August 2019.

The top-performing schools with face off in the Final Round for the glory of being crowned Word Mania champions and a share in $350,000 in prizes.

LiteracyPlanet CEO, Adam McArthur, says; "The highlight of Word Mania for the LiteracyPlanet team is not just seeing such a high level of engagement from students, but noticing the impressive rate of improvement over the course of the competition."

LiteracyPlanet is an online literacy resource for students in Australia. It is a gamified learning platform with more than 15,000 interactive exercises that cover pre-reading, phonics, sight words, reading, spelling, comprehension, grammar and punctuation.


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