Professor Tineke BrunfautProfessor in Linguistics and English Language
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 (see Kremmel, Brunfaut & Alderson, 2017)
- listening (see Brunfaut & Revesz, 2015; Revesz & Brunfaut, 2013; Brunfaut, 2016)
- writing (see Michel, Kormos, Brunfaut & Ratajczak, 2019; Brunfaut, Harding & Batty, 2018)
- integrated skills (see Brunfaut & Rukthong, 2018; Kormos, Brunfaut & Michel, 2020; Rukthong & Brunfaut, 2020)
B. Methodology in language testing research
- eyetracking (see Brunfaut, 2016; Brunfaut & McCray, 2015; McCray & Brunfaut, 2018)
- critical discourse analysis techniques (see Harding, Brunfaut & Unger, 2019)
C. Language test development
- language assessment literacy (see Brunfaut & Harding, 2018)
- diagnosing second and foreign language proficiency (see Alderson, Brunfaut & Harding, 2015; Harding, Alderson & Brunfaut, 2015)
- testing Less-Commonly Taught Languages (see Ryan & Brunfaut, 2016)
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 Issues in Applied Linguistics
- 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. (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).
Brunfaut, T., Kormos, J., Michel, M., & Ratajczak, M. (2018). Computer-based testing of integrated skills: The role of young learners’ working memory and task motivation. European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA), Bochum (Germany).
Brunfaut, T., Harding, L., & Batty, A.O. (2018). Paper-based versus computer-based writing assessment: Investigating equivalence on integrated and independent tasks. European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA), Bochum (Germany).
Brunfaut, T. (2018). Developing language assessment literacy and practices: Learning from the Austrian Matura experience. Symposium - Reforming the Austrian Matura: 10 years on. University of Innsbruck, Austria.
Brunfaut, T. (2018). Completing integrated tasks online: the test-taker experience. Invited talk. British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL) TEASIG, Nottingham, UK.
Brunfaut, T. (2017). Language assessment literacy development: Insights and experiences from working with teachers. Public lecture. Institute for Multilingualism, University of Fribourg, Switzerland.
Brunfaut, T. (2017). More than meets the eye: the use of eye-tracking in test validation research. Invited talk. Institute of Education, University College London (UK).
Harding, L., Brunfaut, T., & Unger, J. (2017). Enhancing security, preventing mobility? An analysis of the UK Secure English Language Testing policy. European Association for Language Testing and Assessment conference (EALTA), Sèvres (France).
Brunfaut, T., & Harding, L. (2017). Methodological and theoretical innovations in language testing. Multilingualism: language teaching and testing symposium, Ghent (Belgium).
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, and diagnosis in second language assessment (see http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/ltrg/projects/dialang-2-0/). Topics covered by my current and graduated PhD students include: testing listening (e.g., integrated listening, academic listening needs), testing reading (e.g., item difficulty and processing, test specifications, reading-to-write tasks, washback), testing Language-in-Use (e.g. construct), language assessment literacy training (e.g., of item writers, teacher trainers), rating (e.g. scales, rating approaches), test validation (e.g. of university admissions tests).
Construction and Corpus-Based Analysis of the British Council-Lancaster University APTIS Corpus
01/09/2018 → 28/02/2021
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
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 → …
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 → …
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
41st LTRC (Language Testing Research Colloquium)
Participation in conference
- LTRG - Language Testing Research Group