L1/L2 speaker

The term used by EVE is not a term generally used elsewhere. It is based on the term used by BrELT, who were the first association, along with TESOLSpain, to be recognised with a Platinum EVE. As is widely agreed, the terms native speaker, non-native speaker, NEST and NNEST are not appropriate in today’s world, so we have attempted to come up with a more acceptable term. We hope we offend no-one with the term we have created; our intention behind the Parity and Voices EVEs is clear to us: we should all be considered equal, no matter what our ‘mother tongue’ is. Speakers are considered L1, L2 or bilingual speakers as they self-identify.


EVE recognises that there are more than two genders, therefore where there are two or more speakers on a programme, there must be at least two genders to be considered for parity. As a platform inspired by Women in ELT and The Fairlist, we strongly encourage parity to be between women and another gender. Speakers are considered to be the gender they self-identify as.

Plenaries and featured speakers

For the Parity and Voices EVEs (Purple and Platinum): ‘plenaries’ covers any speakers highlighted and/or featured in the promotional materials for an event.

If all of your speakers are visible in publicity but some are given ‘higher billing’ in some way (keynotes, panel of experts, plenaries etc.), only the latter will be taken into account when assessing the line-up.

If all of your speakers are visible in publicity and are given equal ‘billing’, your complete line-up will be taken into account.

If your event only has one plenary speaker but is held annually, balance over two consecutive events will be assessed. You will then be awarded a BiEVE as appropriate.

For the New Voices EVE (Green): Your complete line-up will be taken into account.

Conference and events

These can be face-to-face or online. They may be single-day events, weekend events, series of eg webinars or workshops… If you are unsure whether your event qualifies, contact us via our Contact page.