Dr Tineke Brunfaut

Dr Tineke Brunfaut

Lecturer

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 594084

Affiliations

LTRG - Language Testing Research Group

My main research interests are language testing, and reading and listening in a foreign language (in particular in an academic context). I am currently working on research using eye tracking to look into reading task completion processes, research on diagnosing second and foreign language proficiency, and on a project on standard setting. Recent work investigated the relationships between text characteristics of task input, knowledge of response options, L2 proficiency, working memory capacity and task difficulty in L2 listening assessment (see Revesz and Brunfaut, 2013; Brunfaut and Revesz, 2014). Past research dealt with the impact of linguistic, metacognitive and affective factors on students' academic reading proficiency in L1 and FL. Previous work also includes language test development and research in developing countries.

PhD Supervision Interests

I am especially interested in supervising PhD students in the areas of language testing (in particular, testing reading, testing listening, and testing for academic purposes) and reading research (in particular, reading in a foreign language and academic reading). My present and former PhD students' topics relate to testing reading (item difficulty and processing, test specifications, washback), integrated tasks (reading-to-write, listening-to-write, listening-to-speak), Language in Use tasks, and academic listening needs.

Profile

Some of my most recent publications include:

(for a more extensive list, see the 'Publications' tab)

Brunfaut, T. and Revesz, A. (2014). The role of task and listener characteristics in second language listening. TESOL Quarterly. doi: 10.1002/tesq.168

Alderson, J.C., Brunfaut, T. and Harding, L. (2014). Towards a theory of diagnosis in second and foreign language assessment: Insights from professional practice across diverse fields. Applied Linguistics. doi: 10.1093/applin/amt046

Brunfaut, T. (2014). Language for specific purposes: Current and future issues. Language Assessment Quarterly 11(2), 216-225. doi:10.1080/15434303.2014.902060 (!first 50 downloads are free: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/wyryhsUEGrwWKpxfERPu/full

Brunfaut, T. (2014). A lifetime of language testing: An interview with J. Charles Alderson. Language Assessment Quarterly 11(1), 103-119. (!first 50 downloads are free: http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/5QB3jtCYirt9iMgxSRAI/full)

Revesz, A. and Brunfaut, T. (2013). Text characteristics of task input and difficulty in second language listening comprehension. Studies in Second Language Acquisition 35(1), 31-65.

 

Some of my recent presentations include:

McCray, G. and Brunfaut, T. (2014). Modelling reading item difficulty with the Explanatory IRT model LLTM+e: Applying an L1-framework to L2-items. Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Kremmel, B., Brunfaut, T. and Alderson, C.J. (2014). Exploring the role of phraseological knowledge in second language reading test performance (poster). Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

Brunfaut, T. and Harding, L. (2014). Standard setting in Europe and Asia: Linking listening tests to the CEFR. European Association for Language Testing and Assessment conference (EALTA), Warwick (UK).

Alderson, J.C., Brunfaut, T. and Harding, L. (2013). Towards a theory of diagnosis in second language assessment: Lessons learnt from diagnosis in other professions. Symposium presentation at the Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC), Seoul (South Korea).

McCray, G., Brunfaut, T. and Alderson, J.C. (2012). Combining eye-tracking with post test interview data to examine gap-fill items: triangulation of tribulation, European Association for Language Testing and Assessment conference (EALTA), Innsbruck (Austria).

McCray, G., Alderson, J.C. and Brunfaut, T. (2012). Multilevel IRT in the Explanation of Cross-national and Cross-linguistic DIF in Reading Comprehension 2009. American Educational Research Association conference (AERA), Vancouver (Canada).

Alderson, J.C., Brunfaut, T., McCray, G. and Nieminen, L. (2012). Component-Skills Approach to L2 Reading: Findings, Challenges, and Innovations. American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL),  Boston (USA).

 

Research Group:

I coordinate the Language Testing Research Group, together with my colleague Luke Harding.

Current Teaching

I am the Director of the Department's MA in Language Testing (by Distance) and I often teach on the following modules:

  • Language Test Construction and Evaluation
  • Background to Applied Linguistics
  • Issues in Language Testing
  • Research Issues in Applied Linguistics

I also typically teach the following modules on the campus-based MATESOL and MATEFL programmes:

  • Classroom Language Assessment
  • Language Test Construction and Evaluation
  • Postgraduate Academic Study Skills

On the undergraduate programme, I contribute to:

  • Introduction to Linguistics

During summer, I teach on the Language Testing at Lancaster course.

 

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In Press

Linking the GEPT listening test to the Common European Framework of Reference

Brunfaut, T. & Harding, L. 2014 Taiwan: Language Training and Testing Centre.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsMonograph

2014

A lifetime of language testing: an interview with J. Charles Alderson

Brunfaut, T. 2014 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 11, 1, p. 103-119 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The role of task- and listener-characteristics in second language listening

Brunfaut, T. & Revesz, A. 2014 In: TESOL Quarterly. 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Issues in language testing revisited

Alderson, C., Brunfaut, T. & Harding, L. 2014 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 11, 2, p. 125-128 4 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Language for specific purposes: current and future issues

Brunfaut, T. 2014 In: Language Assessment Quarterly. 11, 2, p. 216-225 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2012

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 Routledge encyclopedia of language teaching and learning. Byram, M. & Hu, A. (eds.). 2nd ed. London: Routledge, p. 3-4; 40-41; 193; 193-194; 194; 202; 205; 335; 335-336; 529; 559; 560; 591-593; 761-672

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

Assessment and testing

Brunfaut, T. & Clapham, C. 2012 Routledge encyclopedia of language teaching and learning. Byram, M. & Hu, A. (eds.). 2nd ed. London: Routledge, p. 52-59 8 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsEntry for encyclopedia/dictionary

2010

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The Bologna challenge: catering for diversity through academic writing online

Van de Poel, K. & Brunfaut, T. 2004 New challenges and partnerships in an enlarged European Union. Szücs, A. & Ingeborg, B. (eds.). European Distance Education Network, p. 363-367 5 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter (peer-reviewed)

 

 

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