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).
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.