With much regret, we have come to the conclusion that we need to postpone the DRAL4 Conference. While it seems likely that easing of lockdown restrictions would allow us to hold the conference, travel restrictions mean that many international participants would not be able to attend and it appears unlikely that these restrictions will be lifted in the near future.

We pride ourselves on the international mix of participants at the DRAL Conferences and believe that the conference quality would be adversely affected if participants from some countries were not able to attend. To reduce the likelihood of further postponements, the new date for the DRAL4 Conference is 4 September 2021 in a virtual/online platform. The registration is fully free. We hope that you will be able to join us then. For more information, go to DRAL2021

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

For general enquiries: Natjiree Jaturapitakkul <natjiree.jat@kmutt.ac.th>
For registration: Rachanee Dersingh <rachanee.der@kmutt.ac.th>
For proposal submission: Richard Watson Todd <irictodd@kmutt.ac.th>