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Dr Tineke Brunfaut

Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and English Language

Tineke Brunfaut

Lancaster University

County South



Tel: +44 1524 594084

Research overview

My main research interests are language testing, and reading and listening in a foreign language. In recent research, I have focused on:

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.

PhD supervision

I am especially interested in supervising PhD students in the area of diagnosis in second or foreign language assessment (see http://wp.lancs.ac.uk/ltrg/projects/dialang-2-0/), and in language testing and second language reading and listening more generally. Topics covered by my current and graduated PhD students include: testing listening (e.g., listening-to-write and listening-to-speak tasks, academic listening needs), testing reading (e.g., reading item difficulty and processing, reading test specifications, reading-to-write tasks, reading test washback), language assessment literacy training (e.g., of item writers, teacher trainers), test development (e.g., item writer guidelines, item writing), testing Language-in-Use, test validation (e.g. of university admissions tests).

Current Teaching

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
  • Background to Applied Linguistics
  • 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.


Research Group:

I coordinate the Language Testing Research Group, together with my colleagues Luke Harding and John Pill.


Some recent presentations:

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).

Alkhelaiwi, S., & Brunfaut, T. (2016). Informing EAP listening assessment: Students' processing and strategy needs during lecture listening. Language Testing Forum (LTF), Reading (UK).

Unger, J., Harding, L., & Brunfaut, T. (2016). The discursive construction of “security”: An analysis of the UK Secure English Language Testing policy. Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Palermo (Italy).




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