Professor Tineke BrunfautProfessor of Applied Linguistics
My main research interests are language testing, and reading and listening in a second/foreign language. In recent research, I have focused on:
A. Cognitive and affective factors and processes in testing:
- reading (e.g. Brunfaut, 2022; Brunfaut, Kormos, Michel & Ratajczak, 2021; Kremmel, Brunfaut & Alderson, 2017)
- listening (e.g. Brunfaut & Revesz, 2015; Revesz & Brunfaut, 2013; Brunfaut, 2016)
- writing (e.g. Michel, Kormos, Brunfaut & Ratajczak, 2019; Brunfaut, Harding & Batty, 2018)
- integrated skills (e.g. Kormos, Brunfaut & Michel, 2020; Rukthong & Brunfaut, 2020; Brunfaut & Rukthong, 2018)
B. Methodology in language testing research
- eyetracking (e.g. Brunfaut, 2022; Brunfaut & McCray, 2015; Brunfaut, 2016; McCray & Brunfaut, 2018)
- critical discourse analysis techniques (e.g. Harding, Brunfaut & Unger, 2020)
- validation (e.g. Revesz & Brunfaut, 2021)
C. Language test development
- language assessment literacy (e.g. Rossi & Brunfaut, 2021; Harding & Brunfaut, 2020; Brunfaut & Harding, 2018)
- diagnosing second and foreign language proficiency (e.g Alderson, Brunfaut & Harding, 2015; Harding, Alderson & Brunfaut, 2015)
I am a recipient of the ILTA Best Article Award, the e-Assessment Award for Best Research, and the TOEFL Outstanding Young Scholar Award.
I regularly conduct language test development and consultancy work for professional and educational bodies around the world.
I teach on the MA in Language Testing (online), the MA TESOL (online) and the MA in Applied Linguistics and TESOL (campus-based):
- Language Test Construction and Evaluation
- Classroom Language Assessment
- Exploring Language Constructs
- Issues in Language Testing
- Research Methods for Language Testing
- Statistical Analyses for Language Testing
On the undergraduate programmes, I contribute to:
- Introduction to Linguistics
During summer, I teach on the Language Testing at Lancaster summer school.
I coordinate the Language Testing Research Group, together with my colleagues Luke Harding and John Pill.
Some recent presentations:
Brunfaut, T. (2021). Through the eyes of the reader: The use of eye-tracking to advance insights into reading in another language. Symposium keynote. International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA), Groningen (The Netherlands; online).
Brunfaut, T., & Harding, L. (2021). International language proficiency standards in the local context: Interpreting the CEFR in standard setting for exam reform in Luxembourg. European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA). online.
Brunfaut, T. (2020). Garbage in, garbage out: Assessing data collection instruments. Keynote. IRG2020 Symposium: From data to knowledge in the language sciences. Fribourg/Freiburg (Switzerland).
Brunfaut, T. (2019). What’s in a measure? Validity in L2 complexity research. Keynote. Colloquium: Broadening the scope of L2 complexity research. VUB Brussels (Belgium).
Harding, L., & Brunfaut, T. (2019). Trajectories of language assessment literacy in a teacher-researcher partnership: Locating elements of praxis through narrative inquiry. Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Atlanta (USA).
Rossi, O., & Brunfaut, T. (2019). Towards social justice for item writers: Empowering item writers through language assessment literacy training. Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Atlanta (USA).
My main research interests are language testing, and reading and listening in a second/foreign language. In recent research, I have focused on a) cognitive & affective factors and processes in language testing, b) methodology in language testing research, and c) language assessment literacy. I also regularly conduct language test development and consultancy work for professional and educational bodies around the world.
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PhD Supervision Interests
I am especially interested in supervising PhD students in the area of language testing, second language reading and listening. Topic areas covered by my current and graduated PhD students include: testing listening/reading/speaking/language-in-use, testing integrated skills, language assessment literacy training, rating, and test validation.
Investigating the construct of viewing to write tasks
15/01/2023 → 31/03/2025
Linking the Trinity College London Graded Examinations in Spoken English to China's Standards of English Language Ability (TCL-CSE)
31/03/2020 → 31/03/2023
Construction and Corpus-Based Analysis of the British Council-Lancaster University APTIS Corpus
01/09/2018 → 30/06/2024
English Language Assessment - Sri Lanka
01/04/2018 → 30/09/2019
An Investigation of the Impact of Delivery Mode on the Integrated Skills in English (ISE) exam (phase 1)
01/02/2017 → 31/08/2018
The Effect of Test-Taker'sWorking Memory and Task Motivation on TOEFL Junior Comprehensive Test Scores
01/02/2017 → 31/01/2018
English listening and speaking assessment in Bangladesh Higher Secondary Schools
20/10/2016 → 31/03/2017
Austrian nationwide listening and reading test project
01/06/2015 → 31/10/2016
Looking into Reading II
01/05/2015 → 31/03/2016
Looking into Reading
01/08/2013 → 30/11/2014
Assessing second language reading through eye-tracking: an exploratory study
01/04/2013 → 31/12/2014
Linking the GEPT listening test to the Common European Framework of Reference
01/04/2012 → 31/12/2013
Language Test Design and Evaluation in Luxembourg
01/09/2011 → 30/06/2020
Tasks, proficiency and assessing L2 listening comprehension
01/07/2010 → 31/08/2012
Socio-pragmatic competence of L2-doctors
01/01/2007 → 30/11/2008
Foreign language reading for academic purposes
01/10/2003 → 31/03/2008
Language, Educational Efficiency and Economic Outcomes
01/01/2000 → 31/12/2002
- LTRG - Language Testing Research Group