Additional Guidelines for the Pronouncer
The flashcards given to the pronouncer for the contest
will have the following details:
Part of speech
The pronouncer will pronounce the word clearly to the
contestant and will repeat the word on the Speller's
request. A new word will be asked of a team if there is
an objection on its pronunciation.
The role of the pronouncer is (a) to correctly pronounce
the word and (b) to give a sentence, meaning, and the
part of speech of the word at the
request ADD: in the first 20 seconds only. Should a
question arise regarding pronunciation, the judges shall
adjudicate. The role of the judges is to determine
whether the contestant has spelt the word correctly.
The pronouncer shall remind the children to speak loudly
and clearly so others can hear.
In a situation when the speller has not completely spelt
the word and wants to retrace the spelling, he/she shall
be allowed to do so only if the speller has not finished
spelling the word completely. However, if a speller
starts spelling before the 40-second mark BUT crosses
the 40-second mark he/she will be allowed to complete
the spelling and points will be awarded.
The speller will not be allowed to retrace if the word
asked has been completely spelt and pronounced once.
The pronouncer will indicate if the word spelt is right
or wrong and announce the correct spelling.
The names of the contestants who will qualify to stay on
for the 'To Bee or Not to Bee' will be announced after
the completion of all the rounds within a pool.
Any question relating to the spelling of a word should
be referred to the judges.