Competition Terms and Conditions
1. This competition is promoted by HarperCollins Publishers (“HarperCollins”), 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 8JB.
2. Collins Most Multilingual Workplace promotion is open to all workplaces based in the UK, except employees of HarperCollins (or their parent, subsidiaries or any affiliated companies) and their immediate families, who are not allowed to enter the competition.
3. To nominate a workplace for the Most Multilingual Workplace competition, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In your email, please include:
Name of the company and location/branch (e.g. Lowis Engineering Russell Square, London)
The industry you are working in
The number of non-native English speakers who are competent in English
Names of each speaker’s mother tongue
Contact details of a nominated workplace representative (phone number and e-mail address).
Entry is open to UK workplaces. There is no restriction on size of the workplace and the company, but all participants must be physically based in one location (ie. one workplace). All employees must be available to take part in the judging process during November 2012.
4. Closing date for entries is 1st October 2012.No entries received after this date will be accepted. No purchase necessary.
5. A Collins Workplace English award trophy, a Collins Workplace English medal for each team member, and the prize of a Carluccio’s gift hamper will be awarded to the team judged to be the Most Multilingual Workforce in Britain using English as a lingua franca to communicate. The workplace will also receive a selection of Collins English for Work learning resources, to help train future employees.
6. The prize is non-refundable, non-transferable and subject to availability. No guarantee is given as to the quality of the prize.
7. No cash or prize alternatives are available.
8. HarperCollins reserve the right in their reasonable discretion to substitute any prize with a prize of equal or greater value.
9. Winners of the competition will be selected by a panel made up of Collins employees and judges. From all of the entries, three entrants will be shortlisted and then judged. The entrants will be judged on their ability to communicate using English as a Foreign or Second Language. The first or native language of all entrants must be a language other than English. Entrants will have to give proof of identification showing that they were born in a non-English speaking country on request.
Judges will use the CEFR level B1 (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) as a benchmark to judge entrants’ level of English. To qualify as conversant, entrants can:
Understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc.
Deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken.
Produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest.
Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans
Judges’ assessment will be final.
The judging process will take place throughout November 2012 and will be conducted by means of a personal visit or over Skype. The judges will speak to each of the team members in English to test their ability to communicate.
In the event of Skype not being available in the workplace at which the judging will take place, Collins will be responsible for finding an alternative location or setting up the webcam equipment on the premises.
Judging will take place during office hours, and at a time agreed between the workplace representative and the judges.
In the event of the workplace not willing or able to host the judging process, Collins will find an alternative venue.
10. The winners will be notified by email.
11. Winners will be announced in November 2012. The prizes will be delivered to the winners in December 2012.
12. Any application containing incorrect, false or unreadable information will be rejected. Any applications made on behalf of or for another person or multiple entries will not be included in the competition.
13. HarperCollins’ decision as to who has won the competition shall be final.
14. To obtain the name of the prize winning team after the closing date, please write to Eva Schmidt, Collins ELT Marketing, HarperCollins Publishers, 77-85 Fulham Palace Road, Hammersmith, London, W6 8JB.
15. The entry instructions are part of the Terms and Conditions for this competition.
16. By entering the competition you are agreeing to accept these Terms and Conditions. Any breach of these Terms and Conditions by you will mean that your entry will not be valid, and you will not be allowed to enter this competition.
17. By entering this competition, you are agreeing that if you win your name and image may be used for the purpose of announcing the winner in any related publicity with HarperCollins, without additional payment or permission.
19. Under no circumstances will HarperCollins be responsible for any loss, damages, costs or expenses arising from or in any way connected with any errors, defects, interruptions, malfunctions or delays in the promotion of the competition or prize.
20. HarperCollins will not be responsible unless required by law, for any loss, changes, costs or expenses, which may arise in connection with this competition and HarperCollins can cancel or alter the competition at any stage.
21. Any dispute relating to the competition shall be governed by the laws of England and Wales and will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts.