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Dr Jamie Dunlea, Senior Researcher and Manager, Assessment Research Group

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. 

Watch the panel discussion " Synergies and tensions: exploiting the benefits of the “common” dimensions of standards for language education", chaired by Jamie Dunlea at the 2022 British Council New Directions conference in Denpasar, Indonesia, below:

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,  CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire
  • Graduate Certificate, TESOL, Aston University 
  • Graduate Certificate, Teaching Second Languages, University of Southern Queensland