Professor Martin Bygate

Emeritus Professor

Research Interests

Currently my major research interest is the interface between different teaching procedures and activities, and students' language use and language learning. A particular interest is the nature of communicative repetition in language learning activities, and its role in language development.

My work has extended into oral second language learning, particularly the use of pedagogic tasks, the development of oral second language proficiency, dimensions of teacher talk, and classroom interaction. I am also interested in more general issues of language in education, such as language across the curriculum. A particular current interest of mine is the nature of communicative repetition in language learning activities, and its role in language development. I have directed funded research projects both in the UK and abroad. I welcome applications from potential research students interested in exploring aspects of oral second language proficiency and its development; tasks and their use in developing oral second language proficiency; teacher talk; oral language and learning; and oral language in the community.

My main publications are Tasks in Second Language Learning (co-authored with Virginia Samuda, Palgrave, 2008), Researching Pedagogic Tasks (co-edited with Peter Skehan and Merrill Swain, Pearson Educational 2001), Grammar and the Language Classroom (co-edited with Alan Tonkyn and Eddie Williams, Prentice Hall, 1994), and Speaking (OUP, 1987), and guest-edited a Special Issue on 'Tasks in Language Pedagogy' for the journal Language Teaching Research (2000). I co-edited the journal Applied Linguistics from 1998-2004, and am on the boards of Applied Linguistics, Language Teaching Research, and Language Teaching.

I am a member of a recently formed group, the Second Language Learning and Pedagogy Research Group.

Sources, developments and directions of task-based language teaching
Bygate, M. 1/10/2016 In: Language Learning Journal. 44, 4, p. 381-400. 20 p.
Journal article

Creating pressure in task pedagogy : the joint roles of field, purpose and engagement within the interaction approach.
Bygate, M., Samuda, V. 2009 In: Multiple perspectives on interaction. Second language research in honor of Susan M.Gass. New York & London : Routledge p. 90-116. 27 p. ISBN: 0-8058-6458-X.

TESOL and linguistics.
Bygate, M. 2009 In: English Language : Description, Variation and Context. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan p. 642-655. 14 p. ISBN: 978-1-4039-4590-7.

Task-based language teaching : a reader.
Bygate, M., Van den Branden, K., Bygate, M., Norris, J. 2009 Amsterdam : John Benjamins Publishers. 512 p. ISBN: 9789027290281.

Teaching and testing speaking.
Bygate, M. 2009 In: The Handbookof Language Teaching. Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell p. 412-440. 29 p. ISBN: 978-1-4051-5489-5.

Teaching the spoken foreign language.
Bygate, M. 2009 In: Handbook of Foreign Language Communication and Learning. Berlin : Mouton de Gruyter p. 401-438. 38 p. ISBN: 978-3-11-018833-2.

Tasks in second language learning.
Samuda, V., Bygate, M. 2008 Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan. 299 p. ISBN: 9781403911865.

Areas of research that influence L2 speaking instruction.
Bygate, M. 2006 In: Current trends in the development and teaching of the four language skills. Berlin : Mouton de Gruyter p. 159-186. 28 p.

Applied linguistics: a pragmatic discipline? A generic discipline?
Bygate, M. 12/2005 In: Applied Linguistics. 26, 4, p. 568-581. 14 p.
Journal article

Integrative planning through the use of task repetition.
Bygate, M., Samuda, V. 2005 In: Planning and task performance in a second language. Amsterdam : John Benjamins p. 37-74. 38 p. ISBN: 9027219613.

Oral second language abilities as expertise.
Bygate, M. 2005 In: Expertise in second language teaching. London : Palgrave p. 104-127. 24 p. ISBN: 9781403920966.

Some current trends in applied linguistics: towards a generic view.
Bygate, M. 2004 In: AILA Review. 17, 1, p. 6-22. 17 p.
Journal article

Effects of task repetition on the structure and control of language.
Bygate, M. 2001 In: Researching Pedagogic Tasks: Second Language Learning, Teaching and Testing. Longman 23 p. ISBN: 0582414822.