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Important Deadlines
for PLL4 (2022)
May 8 - If you are presenting you must confirm your attendance to be included in the schedule. Please let us know whether you are coming in person or attending online. For important information and to let us know your plans, click here.
May 8 - Last day to register for the "Mobilizing Positive Psychology in SLA" in-person (not online) pre-conference June 22 in Sydney NS.
May 21 - Last day to book a conference hotel at the discount rate. Rooms will be released on May 22.
June 1 - Last day to send us your video presentation. Please send them to us before then if you can.
Adding an online component to the
in-person conference
Our best efforts are going into making the on-site experience for PLL4 a most memorable conference; we are certain that you will enjoy visiting Cape Breton Island as much as we will enjoy hosting you! However, given the level of uncertainty for travel, the PLL4 in cooperation with the IAPLL board of directors is pleased to announce that we will add an online component to the in-person conference.  This means that you can participate from anywhere in the world!  This will allow online participants to:
  • Record and upload a presentation
  • Promote your research to the IAPLL community
  • View the plenaries and symposia
  • View other presentations
  • Communicate with presenters and colleagues
Participation in the online portion of the conference requires registration (see Registration Information)
Postponement Information (from 2020)

If you previously submitted and/or registered for PLL4, originally scheduled in 2020:
- Your accepted abstracts will be retained, and you will be able to revise them. 
- If you previously registered and paid, your registration is OK and will be carried forward.
- IAPLL memberships originally expiring in 2020 or 2021 were extended with no extra fee to the end of 2022.
- Refunds of conference fees will be available upon request, starting March 31, 2021. 
- Please re-book accommodations. The conference hotels cancelled the bookings made previously to prevent inadvertent charges to credit cards.
- A call for new proposals is active, so please share the link with colleagues, friends, students, and so on.
There still is some uncertainty about requirements for post-Covid events in Canada. Uncertainty is likely to remain for some time as life gets back to normal. We are watching closely and will advise conference participants as we get new information.
Additional information on the conference will be posted as it becomes available.
Posted with apologies for any inconvenience,  
The PLL4 Team


Conference Information


Papers that have been accepted for 2020 automatically are accepted for presentation in 2022. This includes papers withdrawn prior to our postponement; authors can come back if they wish.

If this applies to you, send an email to pll4.conference

In addition, updates and revisions to existing abstracts are possible, so long as it is comparable to the proposal that was peer reviewed.

  • Authors who had a paper accepted and are presenting something comparable will not have to go through peer review to present their paper. We will offer an opportunity to update abstracts between January and April 2022 (a few months prior to the conference).


  • Authors who wish to withdraw their current proposal and submit a different project will go through the peer review process again.

  • All new proposals will go through peer review and should follow the Submission Guidelines posted on this website.

  • We are thrilled to note that our keynote speakers, Diane Larsen-Freeman, Sarah Mercer, Jean-Marc Dewaele, Tammy Gregersen, and Luke Plonsky, have agreed to come to PLL4 in 2022.

  • The host university (Cape Breton University, Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada), hotels, and venues will remain the same.

The dates for PLL4 will be:

  • June 22, 2022: Preconference on “Positive Psychology in SLA” (note: registration is limited to 100 persons).

  • June 23-25, 2022: PLL4 Main conference, including a conference dinner and awards on Friday (24th), and an excursion on Saturday (25th).

  • June 26, 2022: If interest permits, a post-conference career-building workshop, aimed at graduate students and early career scholars. 

Accepted Proposals (see below "Stay or Withdraw")

  • If you had a proposal accepted and you are staying in the conference, there is nothing to do just now. We will email authors later with instructions. 


  • If you are withdrawing from PLL4 please send an email to pll4.conference If you have paid for registration, you also can request a refund. Asking for a refund does not affect the status of your proposal; if you are withdrawing your abstract, please let us know.

Note that the submission of a proposal for presentation is separate from the fees associated with attending the conference so please read the next section carefully.

Fees and Financials

We will carry forward the fees already paid to 2022, there will be no increase in fees. We understand that some delegates will find it convenient to leave the paid registration in place for 2022.

HOWEVER, others might prefer to request a refund and register again later. Still others might withdraw completely.

Refunds for 2020

We will use the following approach for fees paid in advance of the postponed 2020 conference:

  • Fees for the PLL4 main conference that were paid for 2020 can be refunded, except for $5 (CDN, aprox $3.50 US) per person to cover the processing costs associated with collecting and now refunding the money.

  • Fees for the PLL4 pre-conference on Positive Psychology in SLA can be fully refunded upon request (no additional fee if done in conjunction with cancelling main conference registration).

  • Anyone who registered as a student or Post Doc and provided proof of status for 2020 can retain student status for the 2022 conference, even if their student or Post Doc status has changed.

  • Fees for IAPLL membership, regular and student, are separate from conference fees. The board of IAPLL has created new and exciting ways to share research and connect with scholars working on the psychology of language learning. Memberships have been extended to provide greater value. Go to IAPLL.COM or our Facebook page for more information.

  • IMPORTANT: Requesting a refund for 2020 does not affect the status of your proposal with PLL4. For example, an accepted proposal is still accepted for the conference in 2022 even if you request a refund. If you request a refund and later decide to attend PLL4, you must register again and pay the fee appropriate at the time you re-register. We will send out occasional reminders about registration along with conference information, just as we have in the past.

  • To request a refund, please submit a request using the Request for Refund page (also available in the PLL4 menu above).

Refunds for 2022

Fees for PLL4 that are paid via the registration system we are using for 2022 (Eventbrite) will be subject to the refund policy posted on the Registration Information page.


The official conference hotels know about the postponement. Please note that all reservations made for 2020 have been cancelled; hotel reservations are not carried forward because we do not know individual travel plans might change. 

The official conference hotels, Cambridge Suites and Holiday Inn (Sydney, NS) will give us a similar block of rooms for 2022.

We are not yet sure about residence accommodations on campus. We will update you on details of accommodations as they become available. If you made a booking elsewhere, please contact the vendor you chose.


Thank you all for your cooperation and support of IAPLL and the PLL conference, and for your patience as we deal with the effects of Covid-19. We will update the website with information as we go along.

Take care and stay safe,

Peter MacIntyre

On behalf of the PLL4 organizing team

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