Martin Bygate is Professor of Applied Linguistics and Language Education in the Department of Linguistics and Modern English Language at Lancaster University. He is a graduate of the University of Leicester, where he read French. He holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Manchester and a Ph.D. from the University of London Institute of Education.

He has worked as a teacher-trainer in a number of countries including France, Morocco, Brazil, Spain, and Italy, and as a lecturer at the School of Education, University of Leeds. His main research interests are in oral second language learning, particularly the use of pedagogic tasks, the development of oral second language proficiency, dimensions of teacher talk, and classroom interaction.

Martin Bygate is the author of Speaking, published by Oxford University Press. From 1999 to 2004 he was co-editor of the Applied Linguistics Journal, also published by Oxford University Press.