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About Us

Welcome to the official website for the International Association for the Psychology of Language Learning. IAPLL is an interdisciplinary association of scholars with an interest in exploring the psychological dimensions of language learning and teaching. We aim to foster research, hold conferences, issue publications, cooperate with related organizations and carry on other activities for those interested in the study of the psychology of language learning and teaching throughout the world.

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15th to 17th May, 2024

Please email any queries related to the conference to:

PLL5 aims to expand horizons in the field of psychology of language learning and teaching. We welcome proposals on a wide range of topics relating to the many strands of thought and research within PLL including:

  • language learners and teachers as people and their various individual characteristics, including but not limited to: self-concept, motivation, identities, beliefs, agency, wellbeing, and emotions;

  • the dynamics of learning and teaching processes and interactions with others;

  • the interaction of social contexts and the psychology of language learning and teaching;

  • original and interdisciplinary approaches to qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method research;

  • innovative and practical classroom applications.

We are delighted to present the following Plenary Speakers:


Ma Carmen Fonseca. University of Huelva, Spain.
Gary Barkhuizen. University of Auckland, New Zealand

Meagan Driver. Michigan State University, USA
Peter MacIntyre. Cape Breton University. Nova Scotia, Canada.


We welcome 300-word proposals from researchers and educators working in all contexts. We particularly encourage submissions from graduate students, early career researchers, and educators. PLL5, with its emphasis on forming connections among teachers and researchers around the world, will be an ideal venue for presenting research in progress and also practical applications of theoretical concepts.


In-person presentations:
(20-minute presentations with 10 minutes of Q & A)
Poster (morning or evening sessions)
Workshops (45 minute. Practical applications of psychological aspects of language learning and teaching)
Competitive symposium (1 hour with 3 or 4 thematically related papers, with discussion)

Online presentation:
For those unable to come to Madrid in person, we will have a limited number of virtual, pre-recorded presentation slots with live Q & A sessions for online attendees. This will depend on number of accepted proposals.

Language policy: 

English or Spanish. The main language of the conference is English; however, we intend to reserve a strand of the Conference for Spanish speakers. (This will depend on the number of accepted proposals)


All proposals will be adjudicated anonymously by the PLL5 Scientific Committee. Submissions will be evaluated for their contribution to the field in terms of quality of content, thematic relevance, and written quality of abstract (organization, clarity of expression).

URL for Submissions:


Important Dates:
Submission System Opens: June 20th, Deadline: September 20th, 2023 

Notice of Acceptance: End of October 2023
Main Conference: May 15th to 17th, 2024

Pre-Conference Event: All day on 14th May. Symposia and workshops on two main strands:

• Tribute to the work of Rebecca Oxford (Organised by Tammy Gregersen and Peter MacIntyre & Sarah Mercer)

• Language Learning Motivation (organised by Sal Consoli of the FOLLUM group)

Registration information will be available on shortly


First time visitors to Madrid are encouraged to visit:


We look forward to welcoming you to the vibrant city of Madrid in 2024. Please take an extra few days for your trip to enjoy the many delights the city has to offer.


Conference organisers:
Conference organiser Madrid: Imelda K. Brady. Dept. of Foreign Languages (UNED)

IAPLL President. Jean-Marc Dewaele. Birkbeck - University of London.


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