Dr Tineke Brunfaut

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language

Research Overview

My main research interests are language testing, and reading and listening in a foreign language. In recent research, I have focused on using eyetracking to investigate reading processes (see Brunfaut and McCray, 2015), the role of phraseological knowledge in reading (see Kremmel, Brunfaut and Alderson, 2015), diagnosing second and foreign language proficiency (see Alderson, Brunfaut and Harding, 2015; Harding, Alderson and Brunfaut, 2015), and the role of task and listener characteristics in second language listening assessment (see Brunfaut and Revesz, 2015; Revesz and Brunfaut, 2013). In addition, I regularly conduct language test development and consultancy work for professional and educational bodies around the world.

In 2015, I was awarded the TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award for my professional activities and contributions to the field of language assessment.

Teachers setting the assessment (literacy) agenda: a case study of a teacher-led national test development project in Luxembourg
Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. expected in 2017 In: Teacher involvement in high stakes language testing. Springer
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

When the test developer does not speak the target language: the use of language informants in the test development process
Ryan, E., Brunfaut, T. 9/09/2016 In: Language Assessment Quarterly.
Journal article

Integrative testing of listening
Brunfaut, T., Rukthong, A. 7/01/2016 In: TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. Wiley Blackwell
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Assessing listening
Brunfaut, T. 2016 In: Handbook of Second Language Assessment. Boston/Berlin : Mouton de Gruyter p. 97-112. 16 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Exploring the role of phraseological knowledge in foreign language reading
Kremmel, B., Brunfaut, T., Alderson, C. 30/12/2015 In: Applied Linguistics.
Journal article

Diagnostic assessment of reading and listening in a second or foreign language: elaborating on diagnostic principles
Harding, L., Alderson, C., Brunfaut, T. 07/2015 In: Language Testing. 32, 3, p. 317-336. 20 p.
Journal article

Towards a theory of diagnosis in second and foreign language assessment: insights from professional practice across diverse fields
Alderson, J.C., Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 05/2015 In: Applied Linguistics. 36, 2, p. 236-260. 25 p.
Journal article

The role of task- and listener-characteristics in second language listening
Brunfaut, T., Revesz, A. 03/2015 In: TESOL Quarterly. 49, 1, p. 141-168. 28 p.
Journal article

J. Charles Alderson: a lifetime of language testing
Brunfaut, T. 2015 In: Talking about language assessment. Oxon/New York : Routledge p. 217-237. 21 p. ISBN: 9781138785519, 9781138785526. Electronic ISBN: 9781315767765.
Chapter

Looking into test-takers' cognitive processes whilst completing reading tasks: a mixed-method eye-tracking and stimulated recall study
Brunfaut, T., McCray, G. 2015 London : The British Council. 55 p.
Other report

Issues in language testing revisited
Alderson, J.C., Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 21/05/2014 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 11, 2, 4 p.
Editorial

Language for specific purposes: current and future issues
Brunfaut, T. 21/05/2014 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 11, 2, p. 216-225. 10 p.
Journal article

A lifetime of language testing: an interview with J. Charles Alderson
Brunfaut, T. 28/02/2014 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 11, 1, p. 103-119. 17 p.
Journal article

Developing English language tests for Luxembourg secondary schools: The Test Design and Evaluation (TDE) project, 2011-2014
Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 2014 Lancaster : Lancaster University. 27 p.
Other report

Linking the GEPT listening test to the Common European Framework of Reference
Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 2014 Taiwan : Language Training and Testing Centre. 75 p.
Other report

Text characteristics of task input and difficulty in second language listening comprehension
Revesz, A., Brunfaut, T. 03/2013 In: Studies in Second Language Acquisition. 35, 1, p. 31-65. 35 p.
Journal article

Achievement Tests. Aptitude tests. Diagnostic tests. DIALANG. Dictation. Direct/Indirect testing. Discrete point tests. Integrated tests. Integrative tests. Placement tests. Proficiency tests. Progress tests. Reliability. Validity.
Brunfaut, T., Banerjee, J. 2012 In: Routledge encyclopedia of language teaching and learning. Routledge
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Assessment and testing
Brunfaut, T., Clapham, C. 2012 In: Routledge encyclopedia of language teaching and learning. Routledge 8 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Medical communication in L1- and L2-contexts: comparative modification analysis
Van de Poel, K., Brunfaut, T. 03/2010 In: Intercultural Pragmatics. 7, 1, p. 103-130. 28 p.
Journal article

Foreign language reading for academic purposes: students of English (native speakers of Dutch) reading English academic texts
Brunfaut, T. 2008 521 p.
Doctoral Thesis

Bridging the gap between staff expectations and student interpretations of academic writing: the case of Scribende
Van de Poel, K., Brunfaut, T. 2004 In: Belgian Journal of English Language and Literatures. 2, p. 329-335. 7 p.
Journal article

The Bologna challenge: catering for diversity through academic writing online
Van de Poel, K., Brunfaut, T. 2004 In: New challenges and partnerships in an enlarged European Union. European Distance Education Network p. 363-367. 5 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)