David Paul was born in Weymouth, UK, and went to secondary school in Dorchester, and graduated with an M.A. in Social and Political Science from Trinity Hall, Cambridge University.
After teaching EFL in the UK, he went to teach in Hiroshima in 1980 and has been based there ever since. In 1982, he began his own language school, 'David English House', which became the largest school in the area after a few years.
Since 1981, he has written a number of best-selling course books, run teacher training courses throughout East Asia, set up franchise teacher training centers in Korea and Thailand, and been a plenary or featured speaker at many major conferences in the region.