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Aussie students are invited to put their spelling skills to the test in Word Mania, the biggest online spelling competition in the world for the chance to win over $350,000 in prizes.

Created by LiteracyPlanet, an award-winning online English literacy education program, Word Mania challenges students to create as many words as they can in three minutes, from 15 randomly generated letter tiles. Word Mania is free to enter for any students from Years 1 to 9.

LiteracyPlanet CEO, Adam McArthur, said the company is excited to see how Australian students can improve on last year’s incredible performance; "In 2018, we had students from 106 countries participate in our competitions, building 208 million words from more than 9 million games.

"We are looking forward to seeing what students can do this year."

Word Mania is more than just a fun exercise. It challenges students to think outside the box and develop crucial literacy skills while improving their vocabulary and word knowledge.

Lauren Johnson, an English teacher at Word Mania champions Thomas Hassall Anglican College, said; "It is refreshing to see students who are usually disengaged become enthused about a program that helps with their reading and writing."

Students have until 9 August 2019 to sharpen their skills as part of the Practice Round, before the official Competition Rounds from 12 August 2019 to 23 August 2019.

The top-performing schools will qualify for the Final Round from 28 August 2019 to 30 August 2019 and have the chance to win up to $350,000 in prizes.

McArthur, added; "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."

Teachers can register their students for Word Mania here - www.literacyplanet.com/au/wordmania/register/.

For further information, contact Ben Squires (+61) 431 451 638 or benjamin.squires@literacyplanet.com.


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