Registration Information

NOTE: PLL4 has been postponed. Originally scheduled for June 2020, PLL4 has been rescheduled to June 2021.

Registration has been closed temporarily.



The information below is presented for the convenience of attendees, but we are not able to properly accept new registrations until we can re-set the fee structure and sign a new contract with the registration company.

The fourth international Psychology of Language Learning conference (PLL4) will be held at Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia CANADA from June 23-27, 2021 based on the theme “Currents and Waves.” 

Plenary Speakers

As part of the conference, we are proud to announce the following outstanding plenary speakers:

Speaking at the Mobilizing Positive Psychology in SLA pre-conference:         

  • Sarah Mercer

  • Jean-Marc Dewaele

  • Tammy Gregersen            

Speaking at the Main conference:

  • Luke Plonsky

  • Richard Clément               

  • Diane Larsen-Freeman

Registration Process - Temporarily closed as the conference is postponed.

We are using "Effective Registration" to manage the registration process for the PLL4 conference. To register, click here: (Click here)

All fees are shown in Canadian Dollars (CAD; for comparison, the IAPLL member's early-bird fee of $299 CAD = $225 USD). Note that the main conference registration fee includes both the excursion and conference dinner. Registrants will have the option of joining the IAPLL association before registering for the conference, using the membership menu above, or as part of conference registration (please note that $60 CAD = $50 USD, and that there will be Canadian 15% HST tax, sorry about that).

IAPLL members pay reduced conference fees and have other benefits. If you joined IAPLL when registering for PLL3 (in Tokyo) then you must re-join before registering for PLL4 to receive reduced conference fees. IAPLL members who have joined and paid the $50 USD fee AFTER PLL3 ended are considered members for the present conference and have a membership number. Everyone who joins IAPLL before registering for the conference must supply their membership number during registration (please have it available when you register for PLL4).

Anyone claiming student status should do the following:

1. Download and complete the Confirmation of Student Status form (see Membership menu above)

2. Photocopy your Student ID card directly onto the form and submit with the appropriate information and signatures as a one-page PDF to :

Conference Fee Structure (under review, to be updated as appropriate)

Early Registration Fees (Nov. 1 2019 – January 15, 2021)
$299 – Main Conference Registration – IAPLL Member
$399 – Main Conference Registration – IAPLL Non-Member
$199 – Main Conference Registration – IAPLL Student Member (with proof of student status)
$229 – Main Conference Registration – IAPLL Student Non-Member (with proof of student status)

$150 - One day registration fee Thursday or Friday (IAPLL member)

$200 - One day registration fee Thursday or Friday (IAPLL non-member)

$125 - One day registration fee Saturday (includes excursion)

Late Registration (after January 15, 2021)
$399 – Main Conference Registration – IAPLL Member
$475 – Main Conference Registration – IAPLL Non-Member
$250 – Main Conference Registration – IAPLL Student Member (with proof of student status)
$275 – Main Conference Registration – IAPLL Student Non-Member (with proof of student status)

$200 - One day registration fee Thursday or Friday (IAPLL member)

$250 - One day registration fee Thursday or Friday (IAPLL non-member)

$175 - One day registration fee Saturday (includes excursion)


IAPLL Membership
$60 IAPLL Membership Fee
$30 IAPLL Student Membership Fee

Optional Pre-Conference (June 23, 2021)

Mobilizing Positive Psychology in SLA. This day-long event will feature leading scholars in the field as plenary speakers, presentations of completed projects, works-in progress and new projects as idea posters that focus on the theme of positive psychology in SLA. 

$40 Pre-Conference Registration (early bird fee, until January 15)
$135 Pre-Conference Registration (regular/late fee, after January 15)


Companion Fees (for those not attending the conference):

We are working with Destination Cape Breton to construct a fantastic tourist experience for companions not attending the conference. More information will be available on IAPLL as details are worked out.

$30 -  Thursday (includes opening reception),

$30 -  Friday (includes conference dinner)  

$30 - Saturday (includes excursion)

The information for the Companion Program below is subject to change based on availability in 2021

Companion Program (for folks who are visiting Cape Breton but not attending conference sessions. The local tourist  association has organized the following):

June 24, 2021


11AM-1PM (approximate times)

Explore a coal mine with a retired miner who regales visitors with stories from his life and the lives of his family, friends and mining buddies; wander through the miners’ village and investigate Cape Breton’s heritage through our indoor an outdoor exhibit. Enjoy the sounds of the Men of the Deeps Concert, gaze in awe at our breathtaking coastline and enjoy a meal at our family friendly restaurant.


2:30 - 4:00pm (approximate times)

After lunch, visit the little oasis in the middle of Sydney, the Baille Ard Nature trail. This accessible nature walk is a perfect place to unwind and connect with nature. 

June 25, 2021


10AM-12PM (approximate times)

Our Cape Breton Centre for Craft & Design’s Gallery represents over 80 Cape Breton artisans, and is a must-see destination in the Sydney Waterfront District.

Join us and for a morning of local culture and shopping! Meet some of our local Artists and try your hand on the pottery wheel or hooking frame then enjoy a leisurely browse in the Gallery Shop with a tea, coffee and snack. The Gallery Shop offers a stunning display of Cape Breton craft including jewelry, visual art, wood, glass products, textiles, pottery and more. View dynamic exhibition space that showcases the latest work of our local artisans as well as regional, national, and international exhibitions


|1:30PM TO 3:30PM (approximate times)

Immerse yourself in the nature trails of Unama’ki in our Mi’kmaw community of Membertou. Join us for a guided tour and learn the traditional practices of medicines used by their ancient ancestors as a community leader guides you through the beautifully wooded trail sharing stories and legends. Afterwards create your very own dreamcatcher and feel the history of years gone by, an important piece of Mi’Kmaq culture for hundreds of generations. Finish your journey by tasting traditional luskinikn bread and molasses and visit Petroglyphs, Membertou’s cultural gift shop



|12:30PM TO 6PM (approximate times)

Travel through time at the Fortress of Louisbourg, the largest historical reconstruction of its kind in North America. Walk the streets where world powers fought for control of a continent.

Start with a guided tout and get the full story of Louisbourg – from its past to its present. Enjoy an outdoor walking tour with an expert guide, through the streets of the reconstructed part of the fortified town. Learn about the lives of the 18thcentury residents and the cultural and historical importance of Louisbourg in the story of North America. Then rub shoulders with Louisbourg’s resilient residents. Talk to a Compagnies Franches soldier and witness a musket firing demonstration. See how hot chocolate, one of the favorite treats of Louisbourg’s high society, was prepared. Then savour this elegant drink made with our special Heritage chocolate.

June 27

Early Career Session: If there is sufficient interest, a special session will be held on Sunday for early career participants. Going beyond a ‘how to publish’ workshop, this event will offer practical advice on a full spectrum of early career concerns, including giving effective presentations of various types, publishing in the field, and career advancement. (June 27, 2020)

Types of presentations
● paper        

● poster        

● symposium (thematically related papers with discussion)

Language Policy

The working language of the conference is English; submissions should be written in English.

Peer Review

All proposals will be adjudicated anonymously by the PLL4 Scientific Committee.  Submissions will be evaluated for their contribution to the field in terms of quality of content, thematic relevance, quality of abstract (organization, clarity of expression).

Important Dates:

Notice of Conference Postponement from 2020 to 2021: sent March 30, 2020

Notice of Acceptance for proposals submitted in 2020: End of October 2020

Early-bird registration ends: (Jan 15, 2021, fees increase after that date)

Pre-Conference: June 23, 2021 (Wednesday)

Main Conference Opens: June 24, 2021 (Thursday)

Conference Dinner: June 25, 2021 (Friday)

Conference Concludes: June 26, 2021 (Saturday)

Post-Conference Workshops: June 27, 2021 (Sunday)

Conference policies

  1. All presenters and attendees at conference events must register and pay the required fee.  Entry to all conference activities requires a valid conference badge, available at the registration desk. Guests of conference participants are permitted to attend the excursion and the conference banquet if they pay the designated fee.

  2. Presenters who are scheduled to present, but find that they are unable to attend, must provide notice to the conference organizers ( and may be eligible for a partial refund of fees paid. Those who do not show up without providing prior notice will have their names forwarded to organizers of future PLL conferences who may decide to exclude “no shows” from future PLL conferences.

  3. Refunds for registration fees will be pro-rated prior to the conference depending on the notice given, as follows:

    1. Until end of March - 85% refund

    2. During April – 75% refund

    3. During May – 60% refund

    4. Until June 17 – 50% refund

    5. After June 18 or ‘no show’, no refund

  4. PLL4 conferences participants agree to abide by all policies of the host institution (Cape Breton University), including but not limited to the non-smoking policy, violence prevention policies, and those pertaining to Safety and Respect. Consult the CBU website for relevant policies.

  5. Conference attendees may have their photos taken and posted on social media.



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First time visitors to Cape Breton are encouraged to visit


We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Cape Breton Island in June 2021, come early and stay a while!


Peter MacIntyre,

PLL4 Conference Organizer


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