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Web Site Terms and Conditions of Use


1. Terms

By accessing this web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site Terms and Conditions of Use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

2. Use License

  1. Permission is granted to temporarily download one copy of the materials
    (information or software) on Bards Language School's web site for personal,
    non-commercial transitory viewing only. This is the grant of a license,
    not a transfer of title, and under this license you may not:
  1. modify or copy the materials;
  2. use the materials for any commercial purpose, or for any public display (commercial or non-commercial);
  3. attempt to decompile or reverse engineer any software contained on Bards Language School's web site;
  4. remove any copyright or other proprietary notations from the materials; or
  5. transfer the materials to another person or "mirror" the materials on any other server.
  • This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by Bards Language School at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

3. Disclaimer

The materials on Bards Language School's web site are provided "as is". Bards Language School makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, Bards Language School does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

4. Limitations

In no event shall Bards Language School or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on Bards Language School's Internet site, even if Bards Language School or a Bards Language School authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

5. Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on Bards Language School's web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. Bards Language School does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. Bards Language School may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. Bards Language School does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.

6. Links

Bards Language School has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by Bards Language School of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user's own risk.

7. Site Terms of Use Modifications

Bards Language School may revise these terms of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

8. Governing Law

Any claim relating to Bards Language School's web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Nantes, France without regard to its conflict of law provisions.


EqualFirst Terms and Conditions

In the following Us, We and Our refer to EqualFirst. Services refers to all information details don this website.



1. EqualFirst services

All EqualFirst services, including materials for ‘The EqualFirst Language Consultancy Course’, access to support, EqualFirst Competency Tests, and verification of EqualFirst Competency Tests are delivered to the user through the email address provided at the time of the initial subscription. Bards Language School and EqualFirst cannot be held responsible for any interruptions to the delivery of EqualFirst Services due to external factors.

2. The Schwa book purchases

All EqualFirst course books under ‘The Schwa’ trademark are purchased through Amazon book stores online. Issues including, but not limited to, the purchasing, delivery or physical quality of ‘The Schwa’ books are dealt with by Amazon book stores online.

3. The EqualFirst Language Consultancy Course

3.1 The EqualFirst Language Consultancy Course is provided by Bards Language School. 

3.2 Official training materials are delivered through the ‘EqualFirst Handbook’ and ‘TheSchwa/EqualFirst Facebook Training Group’. 

3.3 The purchasing of training materials and investing time in the understanding of training materials is no guarantee of success on the EqualFirst Language Consultancy Course. 

3.4 The Language Consultancy Course is deemed to be completed by the passing and awarding of all three Level Competency Tests qualification.

4. EqualFirst Language Consultants

EqualFirst Language Consultant status is awarded to candidates on the EqualFirst Language Consultancy Course who have passed the EqualFirst Level 1 Grammar Competency Test, the EqualFirst Level 2 Pronunciation Competency Test and the EqualFirst Level 3 Speech Competency Test.

5. Registration Agreement and Parties.

This agreement is made between Us and you who wish to obtain access to Our website. By confirming your subscription, you accept in full all these terms and conditions and agree to comply with them in your use of the services.

6. Our Services.

This is a website offering a range of information detailed elsewhere. It is intended that the services be available 24 hours a day 365 days a year, but we cannot be held responsible or liable for any breakdown or loss of service, howsoever caused, although we will endeavour to correct any problems or rectify any break in service as soon as possible.

7. Your Obligations and Undertakings.

You agree that by completing our registration form and confirming your acceptance of these terms and conditions by pressing the "confirm subscription” button, you have agreed to become bound by all our terms and conditions. You also undertake that the information you supply in the registration process is current, truthful and complete. We reserve the right to terminate this agreement in the event that the information provided by you, including your email address, is no longer current or accurate.

The EqualFirst logo and associated Competency Test logos may not be used on printed materials or electronic devices during completion of the EqualFirst Language Consultancy Course.

8. Passwords

You undertake not to disclose any passwords that we issue to you and you will keep all passwords secret at all times.

9. Warranties and Liabilities

By accepting these terms and conditions, you warrant to us that you are fully entitled to enter into this agreement under the terms detailed above.

You agree that EqualFirst shall not be liable for any consequential, indirect, incidental or special loss that result from your use of all our services.

We base Our information and opinions on sources we believe to be reliable, but no warranties or conditions, express or implied whether statutory or otherwise are given and such are expressly excluded including in particular any warranty that any information is complete, correct or accurate or that it is fit for a particular purpose or any purpose or any warranties or conditions as to title, quiet possession, satisfactory quality or as to description efficacy usefulness or as to infringement of the intellectual property or other rights of any person.  All such warranties are expressly disclaimed and excluded.  Details and information are subject to change without notice.

We shall not be liable to a user of EqualFirst services or to any third party for any loss or injury arising out of the information or any actions taken or not taken in response to any information or a user's use of (or inability to use) this service including but not limited to any financial loss.

If any term or provision in whole or in part is held to be to any extent illegal or unenforceable under any enactment or rule of law that term or provision or part shall to that extent be deemed not to form part of these terms and the enforceability of the remainder shall not be affected.

10. Copyrights

We make no warranty as to the copy right in or any intellectual property rights in any material posted on our web site and copy right and all other intellectual property rights which exist in the web site or are posted on the web site shall remain Our property or other the persons entitled thereto absolutely (save as provided in clause 4/). You undertake not to use the logos nor the words EqualFirst or The Schwa or any other trademarks similar thereto without a clear acknowledgement that such marks are the trademarks of Bards Language School.

11. Data Protection

Any personal details you provide us with (or which are available on public registers) from which we can identify you are held in accordance with our Data Protection Registration. Your details will not be disclosed outside our company.

12. Indemnity

You irrevocably indemnify Us and our data providers and contributors from and against any and all losses, damages and costs suffered or incurred of whatsoever nature (including any damages or compensation paid by Us and/or Our data providers or contributors on the advice of their legal advisors to comprise or settle any claim) by Us, any data providers or contributors arising out of or in connection with your use, provision or distribution of information or any item inserted or posted by you on the web site or any part of the services or any part or otherwise howsoever arising in relation to any breach of this agreement by you.

13. External Links

We may provide hypertext links to sites on the Internet which are operated by other people. Using an internal hypertext link means that you may be leaving our site and we therefore take no responsibility in respect of linked sites.

14. General

The contract shall be construed in accordance with and governed by French Law and shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the French Courts.