David Jay

Language Skills Tutor

Faculty:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

School:Anglia Ruskin University Language Centre

Location: Cambridge

Areas of Expertise: Language and linguistics

David is a tutor and teacher trainer based in the ARU Cambridge Language Centre. He has extensive experience of teaching and training in the UK and overseas, and is a Fellow of the HEA.

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Email: david.jay@aru.ac.uk


David began his teaching career in Italy, where he taught English Language and Culture courses for the British Council. Since returning to the UK, he has developed extensive experience in teaching English for Academic Purposes, including pre-sessional courses, in-sessional courses, and academic support tutorials. As a trainer, David has worked on a range of teacher development courses, and is a certified CELTA Trainer. David is also interested in linguistics and has taught on degree modules in Semantics and Pragmatics, Syntax, Sociolinguistics, and Spoken Discourse.

Research interests

  • Higher Education pedagogies
  • Communicative Language Teaching
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Classroom management
  • Evaluation of classroom practice


  • MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Distinction), ARU
  • Cambridge DELTA (Distinction)
  • CELTA Trainer
  • PGCE, University of Cambridge
  • BA English Literature with Russian and German, University of Cambridge

Selected recent publications

Jay, D., Etchells, S. and Dimond-Bayir, S., (in press). Pedagogical literacies: A hidden benefit of the jigsaw technique. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. 4(2) April 2021, pp.108-132.

Jay, D., 2020. Interviewed by R. Bale. In: Bale, R., 2020. Teaching with Confidence in Higher Education: Applying Strategies from the Performing Arts. Abingdon: Routledge. Interview 4.

Jay, D., 2019. No Drama? Two theatrical strategies for initial teacher training. In: IATEFL 2018 Brighton Conference Selections, pp.228-9. Faversham, Kent: IATEFL.

Jay, D., 2017. How to optimise EAP tutorial time: introducing the 20-minute structured format. In: IATEFL 2016 Birmingham Conference Selections, pp.137-9. Faversham, Kent: IATEFL.

Recent presentations and conferences

Jay, D., Dimond-Bayir, S. and Etchells, S., 2019. Piecing it together: Evaluating the jigsaw technique. Advance HE Teaching and Learning Conference. Newcastle, UK. 2-4 July 2019.

Jay, D., 2017. Evaluation without judgement? Exploring alternative approaches to EAP lesson observation. BALEAP Professional Issues Meeting (PIM): Evaluating the Effectiveness of EAP. Edinburgh, UK. 18 March 2017.