Submission Guidelines

We have re-opened submissions for PLL4.

In line with the conference theme, the Psychology of Language Learning 4 Conference will focus on the long running currents of thought in the field as well as the new waves of research and teaching that are taking place.

Submitting a Proposal 

All abstracts that were accepted for presentation at PLL4, originally scheduled in June 2020, are automatically carried forward to the new dates, June 2021. Authors have the option to keep their accepted abstract as originally submitted or make minor changes to update it.  Authors may review and modify their submissions by clicking the link below. Minor revisions to accepted abstracts are permitted.

Authors who no longer wish to present the paper that was accepted can withdraw their original abstract and submit a new one*. We will re-start the peer review process in September.

Submitting a New Proposal

New Proposals will be accepted from 15 May 2020 until 15 September 2020. All proposals must be made through a dedicated link provided by EasyChair, the conference online submission system (please do not send submissions by email). If you do not already have one, please create an account with EasyChair in order to submit a proposal, then use the 'enter as an author' link to create a new submission.

Submissions are now open for new proposals. 

​*All abstracts must pass peer review to be included in the conference program.


Contributors will be notified via e-mail by 31 October, 2020 regarding presentation acceptance. Following acceptance of their contribution, ALL presenters appearing in the program must confirm their participation and register for the PLL4 conference by 1 March 2021 to be scheduled in the program.


The official language of the conference is English. Accordingly, proposals must be written and accepted submissions must be presented in English.


To promote broad participation, an individual may not appear as first author on more than one submission and will not be accepted for more than two submissions. The only exception to these rules will be authors who also submit a proposal for a different project to the “Mobilizing Positive Psychology in SLA” pre-conference.

Proposal Format

1. Begin the proposal with a stand-alone summary (up to 50 words), end with"[summary]" and insert a blank line. The summary will be extracted and put into a conference app.

2. Add the full abstract (to a maximum 250 additional words, for a total of 300 words).

3. Provide also 3 or more keywords to help the organizers group the presentations for the conference program.

Project Status

For grouping purposes, please indicate which of the following best describes the status of the proposal at the time of submission:

  • Completed Projects - the bulk of the work is complete.

  • Work in Progress - the project is underway but the outcomes are not yet known.

  • Future Project Ideas - this category is reserved for ideas for projects that will be undertaken, but are not yet underway. The ideal presentation format for future projects  is the interactive poster.

  • Project-seeking-partners - this category is reserved for projects already underway (or future projects) for which the presenter is seeking collaborators, for example to run a multi-site project.  Recommended presentation formats are the interactive poster and round table discussion.

Presentation Formats

Individual Papers

Paper sessions are oral presentations, followed by a discussion with the audience. Papers will be organized into groups within time slots of 40 to 90 minutes. Maximum presentation length is 20 minutes, which includes time for audience question and interaction.

Interactive Posters

Poster presentations offer an excellent opportunity for researchers to present their work in a visual format and for focused face-to-face discussions of research. Participants are strongly encouraged to consider posters as they allow for the inclusion of more presenters and for a wider range of topics to be covered at the conference. Posters were a very popular presentation format for PLL3 in Tokyo, and we expect even more connections to be made at poster presentations during PLL4. Each poster session will be 90-120 minutes long and presenters are encouraged to be present to discuss their posters for the duration of their scheduled time.

Round Table Discussions

If there is sufficient demand, this is a one-hour session that will feature opportunities to discuss teaching and research ideas for 15 minutes. A total of 6 – 10 tables will be configured, each table feature a specific project with a presenter. Conference participants will choose a table and discuss the project with the presenter for 15 minutes, then a bell will ring inviting participants to move to another table to discuss a second project, and then move again to discuss a third project. Presenters stay at their assigned table. As each group of attendees arrive, presenters briefly describe their topic or ideas and invite discussion. Follow-up with interested participants is recommended.

Symposium (closed to new submissions)

The symposia slots are filled, we are not accepting proposals for new symposia at this time.


“Mobilizing Positive Psychology in SLA.” This day-long event will feature leading scholars in the field as plenary speakers and submissions of completed projects, works-in progress and new projects as idea posters. The emphasis of the day will be on making new connections among participants interested in research, theory and applications of positive psychology in SLA that will foster future projects.

NOTE to authors: A presenter can be lead author on a submission for the pre-conference AND a separate submission for the main conference. Pre-conference participation is not counted against the limit of 2 presentations for the main conference.


For questions regarding the conference, please contact:

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Submissions are now being accepted. The link to submit, review or revise a previously submitted proposal is: 

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