Paul S. Taylor, 70, who taught English as a second language at schools in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Cambodia, Vietnam and Washington, died of cancer Sept. 25 at Washington Adventist Hospital. A resident of Hyattsville, he had lived in the Washington area off and on since 1946.

Mr. Taylor retired in Saudi Arabia in 1991 as head of the English training division of the Royal Saudi Naval Forces Schools. There, as in other teaching positions, he worked under contract to the government.

Mr. Taylor was a native of Richmond, Ky., and he attended King College in Virginia.

He was a graduate of the University of Kentucky, where he received a master's degree in English and studied library and information science.

He also took courses at Georgetown and George Washington universities, and he spoke eight languages.

Mr. Taylor was a reports analyst for the Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base from 1948 to 1952. He began his teaching career in 1955 as an instructor in Samsum University in Turkey.

Mr. Taylor later taught for the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces in Phnom Penh, under contract to the U.S. Army. He was also head of the English language department at the Vietnamese Naval Academy in Nha-Trang and was director of English courses for the Vietnamese-American Association in Vietnam.

From 1971 to 1983, he was a senior instructor for the Sanz School of Languages in Washington.

His honors included citations from the Arabian and Vietnamese governments.

After he retired, he taught immigrants privately as a volunteer.

Mr. Taylor was a member of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, the Association of International Educators, the National Council of Teachers of English, the Modern Language Association and the Middle East Institute.

Survivors include three sisters, Helen Egnew of Stearns, Ky., Miriam T. Stevens of Hyattsville and Wilma N. Vespermann of Dunkirk; and two brothers, Charles E. Taylor of Owingsville, Ky., and Wilbur T. Taylor of Lothian.