David Jay


Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
Humanities and Social Sciences
Areas of Expertise:
Education and teaching , Language and linguistics

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

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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 higher education pedagogies, including pre-sessional courses, in-sessional courses, academic support programmes, and training workshops for lecturers.

David is also interested in linguistics and has taught on degree modules in Semantics and Pragmatics, Sociolinguistics, and Spoken Discourse.

Spoken Languages

  • English
  • Italian

Research interests

  • Higher Education pedagogies
  • Creative Approaches to learning and teaching
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Classroom management
  • Evaluation of classroom practice


  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • ARU Associate Teaching Fellow
  • MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL (Distinction), ARU
  • Cambridge DELTA (Distinction)
  • PGCE, University of Cambridge
  • BA English Literature with Russian and German, University of Cambridge

Memberships, editorial boards

External member, Cambridge Higher Education Studies Research Ethics Committee (CHESREC), University of Cambridge.

Selected recent publications

Jay, D., Etchells, S., Dimond-Bayir, S., 2021. Pedagogical literacies: A hidden benefit of the jigsaw technique. Innovative Practice in Higher Education. 4(2), 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 (Faversham: IATEFL), pp. 228-229.

Jay, D., 2017. How to optimise EAP tutorial time: introducing the 20-minute structured format. In: IATEFL 2016 Birmingham Conference Selections (Faversham: IATEFL), pp. 137-139.

Recent presentations and conferences

Jay, D., with Student Creative Ambassadors Adam, I., Browning, B., Mahmoud Helmy Genidy, A., Redgrave, D., Waul, T., 2022. Crossing Into Creativity: The Humanities and Social Science Creative Showcase Project. ARU Engage Conference. Cambridge, UK. 24 June 2022.

Jay, D., Dimond-Bayir, S., 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.