Research Grant Success for School of Education Student

Kunlaphak Kongsuwannakul receives a 2015 TOEFL Doctoral Grant to study the validity of a new item type for language tests

Leicester doctoral student Kunlaphak Kongsuwannakul - recipient of a 2015 TOEFL Doctoral GrantKunlaphak Kongsuwannakul (pictured) has won a grant from Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the United States to pursue her research into new item types. ETS is the world’s largest provider of language tests, including the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Kunlaphak is currently working towards her PhD in the School of Education.

This is the fourth doctoral grant to be won by students in the School of Education, all of whom are supervised by Professor Glenn Fulcher. Other recipients have been Jong-Il Yi (2011), Kevin Browne (2012), and Nathaniel Owen (2014).

Kunlaphak’s research investigates the construct validity of concordance-based cloze testing (ConCloze). ConCloze measures grammatical competence, word associates, semantic prosodies, and higher-order linguistic competence. If the research successfully establishes the abilities that learners need to successfully respond to the item, it may become established on future tests of English as a Second Language.

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