Jamie Dunlea

Jamie works on a range of language test development and validation projects for assessment systems designed and developed by the British Council, as well as collaborating on projects with researchers and organisations internationally. Jamie joined the British Council in 2013, and was previously Chief Researcher at the Eiken Foundation of Japan, a not-for-profit organization which develops and administers EFL examinations in Japan. 

He has 25 years of experience working in EFL education, first as a teacher, then in test development and production and assessment research.


Areas of Expertise

  • Language test design, development and validation
  • Test specifications
  • CTT and Rasch analysis
  • Standard setting in relation to the CEFR
  • Use of automated text analysis tools
  • Theory and practice of validation in the field of language testing


  • PhD,  University of Bedfordshire, Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA) 
  • Graduate Certificate in TESOL, Aston University 
  • Graduate Certificate in Teaching Second Languages, University of Southern Queensland