The Highly Proficient L1/ L2 Speaker Balance EVE is green. This is the EVE that recognises a balance of highly proficient L1/L2 speaker plenary speakers, with parity (even number of plenaries) or near parity (odd number of plenaries). At the end of the year, when deciding on the EVEs of the Year, the balance present in the keynotes at a conference or event will also be taken into account, and in the case of near parity, line-ups with more highly proficient L2 speakers will be favoured where possible and appropriate. Where an event has no plenaries or keynotes, as may be the case, for example, with a web event, balance across all sessions will be the basis for the recognition.

The organisers of an ELT conference or event with a finalised line-up which meets the criteria described above will be able to contact the EVE Calendar to apply for inclusion on the calendar. We will add the event name, and hyperlink it to the organisation’s conference web page.

1An event or conference whose finalised line-up meets our Highly Proficient L1 / L2 Speaker EVE criteria will be invited to display a green EVE, which will be sent to them.

If you have organised an event for 2018 (or 2019) and you believe it meets the criteria, contact us at and send us your finalised, published programme, a link to your event web page and a contact name and email, for us to get back to you.

As we are a voluntary initiative, there is no cost.

Note: Not everyone favours the terms non-native’speaker, native speaker, NNEST and so on in the ELT context, including the founders of this initiative. Hence our decision to use our own term, which, although clumsy, seems to us more suitable.

Disclaimer: an event displaying our green EVE is being recognised for Highly Proficient L1/ L2 speaker balance across the plenary line-up. Should any last-minute changes be made to the line-up owing to unforeseen circumstances and affecting the balance, the EVE should be removed. However, this may not always be possible, depending on circumstances. The EVE Calendar will be not responsible, if this should be the case.