ESL spelling game

Spelling Bee

Update Jun 2019 - You can pre-select a set of content by appending the title to the URL. For example, the link below will automatically load the jobs images and avoid the content selection screen. To get pre-selected links like this and also embed code click here.

This game is very simple: you just look at the image and then spell the word. You can click on the letters on the screen or use the keyboard to type. The keyboard seems to be a lot faster than clicking with the mouse. So, if you are looking to get a good score, then it would be advisable to use the keys.

Before you start, you have to select a set of content to use. There are 30 different sets available for this game and each one has about 25 items to spell. You have to spell out each item once and there is also an audio clip for each image which should play just as the image is first shown.

It is possible to add your own images and audio clips. To do this you click on the 'add' button when in the content selection screen. They you can select images from your desktop computer and they get added and displayed on the screen. The file names of the images you add become the target word that you have to spell. So if you add an image called 'beach holiday', then the target to spell for that image will be 'beach holiday'. Although, you can change the target words by clicking on the textbox directly below the image. Note that for this game it is not possible to add numbers or special characters - these are automatically removed on teh content screen. This is because the keyboard that is displayed on screen only contains letters.

There is also a timer which runs down while you are spelling the words. If the timer runs out before the game is completed, then you lose and the game is over. Once you have spelt all the items in the content set, the game also finishes and displays the scores screen. The countdown timer should get faster as you progress through the sets. In this way, the game should get more challenging. If you click the wrong letter, then you don't lose you can just try another one until you get it right. In this way there is a little bit of trial and error in learning to spell words that you don't know.

The idea for this game is that by spelling words again and again very quickly you can become a better speller and also become more familiar with the vocabulary items and the letters used to form them.

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