Curtis Kelly

Curtis Kelly

Professor of English at Kansai University in Japan

Curtis is a Professor of English at Kansai University in Japan. He has spent most of his life developing learner-centered methods and materials for English learners, especially those with low confidence, low ability and low motivation.

He believes learners should be pulled into English study rather than pushed. He has made over 330 presentations and written 29 books, including Active Skills for Communication (Cengage), Writing from Within (Cambridge), and Significant Scribbles (Longman).

In neuroscience and psychology, we are re-evaluating the importance of connection thanks to Lieberman’s work in defining the mentalizing network (the social brain), and Cozolino’s work in promoting tribal thinking and attachment theory. Let’s examine these emerging theories about the human brain and explore ways we can incorporate them in our teaching and coaching. In fact, the role of human connection is acknowledged in many fields–medicine, psychology, and education–but still undervalued.

The C factor is rarely mentioned in the literature, but is extremely important in aiding learning and safeguarding mental health. Whereas the experts might be missing the importance of connection, the average teacher does not. We have all experienced classes that click and classes that don’t, and know it depends on how well the learners are connected. When they are, they help each other more, learn better, and even behave better. So let us look into ways we can take advantage of this basic social need.

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