STEP 1: LISTEN TO THE AUDIOSTEP 2: STUDY VOCABULARY
My sister won the school spelling bee. She entered the competition with ten of her classmates. She said she was very nervous on stage. I could tell by her hands. They were shaking. She said she guessed the winning word and won by chance. I don't think she won by chance at all. She worked hard and won with true effort. I am so proud of her. The words were very difficult. They were given by the school principal. The principal repeated the words several times and used them in sentences. That made the contest very long. It lasted over two hours. Some people were getting tired. Other people moved by the door and windows to get some fresh air. After she spelled the winning word, the audience stood with applause. It was a great moment for her. There is going to be a ceremony tomorrow night. The principal will present her with a big trophy with her name on it. It is going to be a special time for my family.
Watch a slide show of all the vocabulary words in this lesson.
If you would like more vocabulary practice, go to the vocabulary flashcard page and study each word separately. After studying the vocabulary, practice speaking in the next ESL study session.