Foreign Language Spelling Bee on Vocab Express

The Foreign Language Spelling Bee is a competition for students in Year 7 to practise and improve their vocabulary, spelling and memory skills in a foreign language (French, German, or Spanish). It was created by Jane Driver and has been developed in partnership with Comberton Village College and Routes into Languages East.

Jane says, "Teachers are so busy nowadays – the Spelling Bee seems to have struck a chord with them as it fits easily into the curriculum without putting extra strain on their workload". It was set up in 2009 as a regional competition for the East Anglian region, and in 2010 it became a national competition across England, and Wales also has its own version of the competition (see

Vocab Express includes the vocabulary from the 2015/16 competition for each of the three languages as detailed below. Free access is provided to Vocab Express to practise and learn the competition vocabulary for participants in the competition. Please visit for more information on the competition and how to enrol your school and activate your free Vocab Express account.