Spell Check

May 27, 2009 (LBO) – The Sri Lankan chapter of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) has launched the second season of Spellmaster, a spelling contest which it hopes will improve English spelling and vocabulary skills among school children.

Being an avid reader from a very young age, I always referred the dictionary to check on any new word I came across in my reading, said Ronali Perera, a student from Holy Family Convent, Bambalapitiya, winner of season one of the Spellmaster competition.

I firmly believe that this practice resulted in a vast improvement in my vocabulary and helped me immensely to progress in the competition.

Each school will be allowed to nominate five students aged from 14 to 18 for Spellmaster, but at the competition they will contest on an individual basis, CIMA said.

Bradley Emerson, CIMA regional director, South-East Asia and Middle-East, said he expects this year™s participation to improve.

What we value most is the opportunity that was made available to children in the entire country, to be self confidant and compete on a platform with those from more developed parts of the country, Emerson said.

There is a desire in every child. There is a dream in every pa