David Young

David Young

Address: P. O. Box 127788, Abu Dhabi

Telephone: +971 – (0)2-6075486

Fax: +971-(0)2-4472442

Email: david.young@ku.ac.ae


David Young earned his BA in French and Sociology and Politics from the National University of Ireland, Galway, in 1996. Afterwards, he spent time working in Scandinavia and Zambia, before returning to Ireland to complete his MA in TEFL at the University of Limerick, in 2001. Since then he has also acquired a Diploma in Journalism from the Irish Academic of Public Relations, Dublin.

Young began his education career in remote rural areas in Zambia’s Southern Province, teaching and mentoring on a sustainable-living program. Subsequently, he taught English in Ireland, China, and Kuwait before moving to the U.A.E. in 2015 to join the Academic Bridge Program in the Petroleum Institute, which became part of the Khalifa University of Science and Technology in 2017. In Spring 2017, he was nominated by students and shortlisted for the College of Arts and Sciences Teaching and Advising Awards.

In tandem with teaching, Young has considerable experience in print and broadcast journalism; he was shortlisted for a Phonographic Performance of Ireland award in current affairs broadcasting in 2007. Subsequently, he has contributed as a journalist and documentary maker on the Irish national broadcaster, Radio 1, both on live shows and in the production of extended features. One of his documentaries, Cork’s Hidden Village, was shortlisted at the 2007 Celtic Media Festival.

Since 2004, Young has written for broadsheet newspapers and magazines, including the Irish Independent, the Sunday Independent, Irish Examiner, and Irish Tatler magzine. A selection of his work is available on www.posthouse.ie.

Young has editorial responsibilities on student publications (newsletter and magazine), Asian ESP Journal, and the College of Arts and Sciences Annual Report.

An AIM Coordinator for the Academic Bridge Program in 2016-2018, Young was the point person for the female students on the Sas Al Nakhl Campus. He has also presented pedagogy and practice workshops at the Center for Excellence in Learning & Teaching (CELT) and skills workshops for the First Year Experience Bridge program (FYE).

  • 2001: MA in English Language Teaching
    University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  • 1996: BA in French, Sociology & Politics
    National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland
  • At Khalifa University: HUMA220/H&SS Public Speaking; ENGL111 Communication 1; PMED 531 Critical Analysis & Reasoning Skills; ENGL002 Preparatory English 2; ENGL001 Preparatory English 1
  • At the Petroleum Institute (Academic Bridge Program): English 1 (ABPS010); English 2 (ABPS020); English 3 (ABPS030); IELTS Test Preparation (ABPT039)
  • Teaching interests: Second language acquisition and the role of creativity in the classroom
  • Reading for Science
  • Supporting first-year undergraduate Emirati engineers in reading in English for science
  • Storytelling in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)



Young has been recognized by the Phonographic Performance Ireland (PPI) National Radio Awards – nominated for his contribution to current affairs in 2007. His documentary work has been regarded internationally, with a shortlisting at the Celtic Media Awards, 2012.

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