September 4-5, 2020

The Ambassador Hotel Bangkok

Given the current uncertainty about travel and large gatherings during the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a risk that we will not be able to hold the DRAL 4 conference. We hope, however, that the situation will have resolved itself by September and that we will be able to hold a successful conference. We realize that potential conference participants may not wish to make a decision about the conference in the current uncertain situation. We have therefore extended all of the key dates to be closer to September to allow participants to make more informed decisions about the DRAL4 conference.   We wish everyone the best in these troubled times.

King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi in Bangkok, in association with the Malaysian Association of Applied Linguistics, the Singapore Association for Applied Linguistics and the Thai Association for Applied Linguistics, would like to invite you to participate in the DRAL 4 2020 International Conference from 4th to 5th September 2020.

The DRAL Conference series is renowned as one of the premier platforms for applied linguistics research. Based on our experiences of previous DRAL conferences, we expect approximately 200 participants from around the world with numerous high-quality presentations focusing on doing research in applied linguistics. The conference provides a forum for learning about applied linguistics research, discussing key issues in the area, and making contacts with like-minded researchers with the goals of advancing the field and developing greater professionalism in applied linguistics research. The goals of the DRAL 4 2020 International Conference are to share and learn about research purposes, methodologies and publishing in applied linguistics.

Topics for DRAL 4

  • purposes and uses of research in applied linguistics
  • quality in applied linguistics research
  • research paradigms and their applications
  • interdisciplinarity in applied linguistics research
  • innovative research methodologies
  • research ethics
  • issues in data collection and analysis
  • issues in classroom research
  • research publication issues
  • bibliometrics for applied linguistics
  • research cultures and promoting research
  • experiences of research and development as a researcher

Important dates for presenters:



  Abstract submission: Extended to 15 May, 2020
  Notification of acceptance: Extended to 30 May, 2020
  Submission of full paper:  30 September, 2020
  Early bird registration:  1 June to 15 July, 2020
  Regular registration:  16 July to 15 August, 2020

For general enquiries: Natjiree Jaturapitakkul <>
For registration: Rachanee Dersingh <>
For proposal submission: Richard Watson Todd <>