The English Language Assistant Video Competition is open for entries from current ELAs.

We’d love to see your video clips showcasing highlights of your time on placement so far. We’re looking for fun and informal content that showcases the diverse range of experiences of our English Language Assistants.

We particularly welcome content that fits one or more of the following themes:

  • international adventure
  • language learning
  • professional development.

Video submissions should be 1080p resolution footage at minimum, less than a minute long and under 500MB.

Please read the full competition rules below before submitting your entry.

When you are ready to apply, please email with:

  • your video submission (shared via a link to Dropbox, Google Drive, WeTransfer
  • a signed consent form 
  • one or two short sentences telling us where your video was taken and what’s happening in it

Submit your entry by 08.00 UK time on Monday 2 December 2019 for your chance to win!

We look forward to seeing your video!

Competition rules

1. The Competition

This competition is operated by the British Council to find the best video recordings and examples of the experiences of English Language Assistants from their placements. The competition is free to enter and the winner will receive a prize. The video content and winner will be promoted on our website and social media platforms.

2.  Territory and eligibility

The Competition is open to anyone who is currently, or who has previously been working as, an English Language Assistant in one of the countries included on the English Language Assistant programme. Where a participant is under the age of 18, his/her entry must be submitted on their behalf by a parent/guardian over the age of 18 years, who, in submitting the entry, agrees to and accepts these Competition Rules.

Only one entry per person is allowed.

Entry to the Competition is free of charge, although participants are responsible for their own costs of connecting to the Internet.

Please do not film or submit any videos of children under the age of 18. If you are filming anyone over the age of 18 who can be easily recognised, please ensure you seek their permission and submit a separate signed consent form from the individual. 

3.  Competition dates

The opening date of the Competition is 17:00 GMT on Tuesday 12 November 2019 and the closing date is 08:00 GMT on Monday 2 December 2019. Any entry received before the opening date or after the closing date will not be included in the Competition. The British Council accepts no responsibility whatsoever for any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem with any system, server, provider or otherwise that may result in any entry being lost, delayed or not properly registered.

The Competition winner(s) will be notified in the third week of December 2019. This notification will be made to the email address provided by the winning participant when registering for the Competition in accordance with section four of these Competition Rules. In this notification, the British Council will inform the Competition winner of how to claim their prize and of any additional information or steps required to enable the British Council to provide them with the prize. If the Competition winner does not claim the prize within 14 days of notification to the email address provided, the Competition winner will forfeit the prize and the British Council reserves the right to award the relevant prize to another Competition participant.

4.  How to enter

The Competition will be promoted directly to English Language Assistants via email.

To enter, participants must express their interest by replying to the competition email with a completed consent form, their video recording and one or two short sentences indicating where the video was taken and what is being featured in the video. The British Council will supply the competition rules [on this webpage] and a link to the consent form in the original email. By submitting their videos within the opening and closing dates specified above, the participant agrees to said competition rules.

5.  Prizes and selection of winning entries

The judging will take place in the British Council Offices within 14 days following the closing date referred to in section 3 above.

The entries will be judged by a panel of judges appointed by the British Council. The judges’ decision is final and binding.

No correspondence will be entered into with the unsuccessful participants. The prize consists of a £100 Amazon voucher. The second prize will be a £50 Amazon voucher.

Prizes are personal to the winner and cannot be transferred to any third party. Prizes cannot be exchanged for money or any other goods or services.

The British Council accepts no responsibility for failure to notify winning participants or failure to deliver prizes where such failure results from the provision of inaccurate contact details by the participants or from the acts or omissions of any third party (including, without limitation, any internet or postal service provider) and shall have no liability to any entrant if it is prevented from or delayed in delivering any aspect of the Competition or the prizes by acts, events, omissions or accidents beyond its reasonable control.

The British Council does not offer any insurance in connection with the prize. The prize winner may arrange their own insurance in respect of the prize, if applicable.

The prize winner must comply with the terms and conditions, including health and safety requirements, of the prize provider and/ or the airline involved in the Competition or the prize including all health and safety guidelines and instructions and all applicable legal and regulatory requirements.

The British Council accepts no responsibility for any costs associated with the prize and not specifically included in the prize. The prize winner may not commit the British Council to any contract, expense or cost without the British Council’s prior written consent. The prize winner must have sufficient financial resources to meet any financial commitment which he or she may incur in connection with the prize beyond those included in the prize itself.

The British Council accepts no responsibility for any damage, loss, liabilities, or injury incurred or suffered by participants as a result of entering the prize draw or accepting the prize. The British Council further disclaims liability for any injury or damage to any participant’s computer relating to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials in connection with the prize draw. Nothing in these Terms and Conditions shall exclude the liability of the British Council for death, personal injury, fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation as a result of its negligence.

The British Council reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify or discontinue this prize draw with or without notice due to reasons outside its control (including, without limitation, in the case of anticipated, suspected or actual fraud). The decision of the British Council in all matters under its control is final.

6.  Personal data

The British Council will collect and store the names and email addresses of all participants and the additional contact details of winners as anticipated by sections 4 and 5 above. The British Council will use this personal data for the following purposes:

  • managing the relationship between the participants and the British Council;
  • communicating with participants to answer their queries about the Competition;
  • communicating with winners and arranging delivery of their prizes; and
  • marketing and publicity in accordance with section 7 below.

[Where a participant (or his/her parent or guardian where he/or she is under 18) has consented to the British Council doing so, the British Council may contact the participant using the personal data collected to provide information about the goods, services, courses or promotions that the British Council offers].

By participating in the Competition, participants acknowledge and agree that their personal data will be processed by the British Council in accordance with, and for the purposes set out in, section 6 [and the Privacy Notice supplied to them]

Participants can exercise their rights to access their personal data held by the British Council and withdraw their consent to the processing of their personal data by sending an email to

7.  Publicity and rights

The British Council intends to publish videos submitted as part of this competition on the British Council’s websites, Facebook channels, Twitter channels, Instagram channels, press releases and in other promotional and marketing material. In addition, the British Council may write and publish articles about the winner’s enjoyment of their prize. By entering the Competition, each participant agrees to the use of their name and video and agrees to co-operate with any such publicity or marketing if they win the prize.

Participants will need to obtain copyright permission from the videographer to submit the entry material where the videos are not the participant’s original work. By entering the Competition each participant confirms they have permission from the videographer to grant the British Council, free of charge, permission to use the entry material (including, without limitation, modifying and adapting it for operational and editorial reasons) in any media worldwide for purposes connected with the Competition and to promote the English Language Assistant programme on the British Council website and social media services.

Each participant confirms that the entry material is not defamatory and does not infringe any English laws, that they have the right to give the British Council permission to use it for the purposes specified above, and that all necessary consents for the submission of the entry material have been obtained. The participant undertakes to notify the British Council in writing if there is any actual, suspected or threatened infringement of copyright relating to the entry material.

All rights in the British Council’s name and logo, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter pages, press releases and other promotional and marketing material and all course and examination content and materials (together the “Council’s Materials”) shall vest in and remain with the British Council (or its licensors). By participating in the Competition, participants agree that they will not use, broadcast, publish, export, exploit, reproduce nor copy part or all of the Council’s Materials.

8.  General

The British Council may disqualify or refuse to accept the entry of any participant which does not meet the eligibility criteria in section 2 or does not otherwise comply with these Competition Rules.

These Competition Rules shall be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of England and Wales and the courts of England and Wales shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes or claims (including, without limitation, non-contractual disputes or claims) arising out of or in connection with the Competition.

9.  Acceptance of Competition Rules

By participating in this Competition, participants are deemed to have accept these Competition Rules.