Professor Tineke Brunfaut

Professor in Linguistics and English Language

Research Overview

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:

B. Methodology in language testing research

C. Language test development

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.

Motivational factors in computer-administered integrated skills tasks: A study of young learners
Kormos, J., Brunfaut, T., Michel, M. 16/09/2019 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 17 p.
Journal article

The role of working memory in young second language learners’ written performances
Michel, M., Kormos, J., Brunfaut, T., Ratajczak, M. 1/09/2019 In: Journal of Second Language Writing. 45, p. 31-45. 15 p.
Journal article

Is anybody listening?: The nature of second language listening in integrated listening-to-summarize tasks
Anchana, R., Brunfaut, T. 30/08/2019 In: Language Testing. 23 p.
Journal article

Language testing in the ‘hostile environment’: The discursive construction of ‘secure English language testing’ in the United Kingdom
Harding, L., Brunfaut, T., Unger, J.W. 11/05/2019 In: Applied Linguistics. 27 p.
Journal article

Going online: The effect of mode of delivery on performances and perceptions on an English L2 writing test suite
Brunfaut, T., Harding, L., Batty, A. 04/2018 In: Assessing Writing. 36, p. 3-18.
Journal article

Teachers setting the assessment (literacy) agenda: a case study of a teacher-led national test development project in Luxembourg
Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 04/2018 In: Teacher involvement in high stakes language testing. Cham : Springer p. 155-172. 18 p.
Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Investigating the construct measured by banked gap-fill items: evidence from eye-tracking
McCray, G., Brunfaut, T. 1/01/2018 In: Language Testing. 35, 1, p. 51-73. 23 p.
Journal article

Integrative testing of listening
Brunfaut, T., Rukthong, A. 2018 In: The TESOL Encyclopedia of English Language Teaching. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Methods for researching English language
Brunfaut, T., Sealey, A. 2018 In: English language. Palgrave p. 610-625. 16 p. ISBN: 9781137571823. Electronic ISBN: 9781137571854.

Exploring the role of phraseological knowledge in foreign language reading
Kremmel, B., Brunfaut, T., Alderson, C. 1/12/2017 In: Applied Linguistics. 38, 6, p. 848-870. 23 p.
Journal article

Bridging assessment and learning: a view from second and foreign language assessment
Alderson, J.C., Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 26/07/2017 In: Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy and Practice. 24, 3, p. 379-387. 9 p.
Journal article

English listening and speaking assessment in Bangladesh Higher Secondary Schools: a baseline study
Brunfaut, T., Green, R. 23/02/2017 The British Council Bangladesh. 108 p.
Commissioned report

Examen de fin d'études secondaires, Anglais: A baseline survey with teachers
Brunfaut, T., Harding, L. 2017 Lancaster University. 44 p.
Commissioned report

When the test developer does not speak the target language: the use of language informants in the test development process
Ryan, E., Brunfaut, T. 31/10/2016 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 13, 4, p. 393-408. 16 p.
Journal article

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

Looking into reading II: a follow-up study on test-takers' cognitive processes while completing Aptis B1 reading tasks
Brunfaut, T. 2016 The British Council. 35 p.
Commissioned report

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.

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.

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 University. 27 p.
Commissioned 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 University of Antwerp. 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)