Crista Cornelius is a PhD candidate studying Chinese Language Pedagogy. Her doctoral research focuses on training teachers and designing Chinese language programs for emerging educational markets. Other research interests include sociocultural approaches to language acquisition in study abroad contexts and Chinese language curriculum development.
Crista first experienced China while teaching English at the University of Science and Technology in Hefei, China from 1993-1995. She studied Mandarin at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China from 1995-1998 and directed a Chinese language program for North American professionals in Changchun from 1998-2008. Crista taught Mandarin and Second Language Acquisition at Briercrest College in Saskatchewan, Canada from 2009-2013. While there she developed a Chinese study abroad course and served as supervising teacher for a graduate-level Chinese language teaching internship.
In 2014 Crista was a joint recipient of the First Prize in the Cengage Learning Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Chinese Award presented by the Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA). Crista received this award along with Chai Donglin and Mu Bing for their project entitled “Tiyan Rizhi体演日志 : Maximizing Community-based Learning in Chinese Study Abroad Contexts.” This project culminated in the 2018 publication by Routledge of a co-authored book, Action! China: A Field Guide to Using Chinese in the Community.
Action! China, co-authored with Donglin Chai and Bing Mu, is a practical guide for intermediate to advanced students of Chinese wanting to maximize their study abroad experience by enhancing their language skills and expanding their knowledge of the culture. It contains over 90 Field Performance tasks which prompt real-life interactions with native speakers. It also provides over 60 Performance Watch tasks which help students understand how native speakers accomplish communicative goals through guided observation and analysis of naturally occurring interactions.
By carrying out the real-life tasks in Action! China students refine and solidify existing communication skills and gain a fuller understanding of and ability to participate in the target culture. To learn more about Action! China: A Field Guide to Using Chinese in the Community use this link: https://www.routledge.com/Action-China-A-Field-Guide-to-Using-Chinese-in-the-Community/Chai-Cornelius-Mu/p/book/9781138098121.
In 2015 Crista received her MA in Chinese Language Pedagogy from The Ohio State University. The title of her MA thesis is “Language Socialization through Performance Watch in a Chinese Study Abroad Context.” Crista has also received specialized training in teaching Chinese as a foreign language through The Ohio State University’s Summer Programs in East Asian Concentration (SPEAC).
Crista’s publications include
Chai, Donglin, Crista Cornelius, and Bing Mu. Action! China: A Field Guide for Learning Chinese in the Community. London: Routledge. (Authors contributed equally and are listed alphabetically.)
Cornelius, Crista and Bing Mu. “Analysis of Intermediate Chinese Learners’ Persistent Errors in the Production of Tone 2 in Mandarin Chinese.” Buckeye East Asian Linguistics 3: 21-30. (Authors contributed equally and are listed alphabetically.)
Cornelius, Crista. “Finding the Middle Way: North American Students in a Chinese Classroom.” In Conference Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Chinese Language Pedagogy. Nanjing: Nanjing University.
Crista is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages and the Chinese Language Teachers Association. Some of her conference presentations include
Cornelius, Crista. “Teaching ba in the Context of Communicative Exchanges,” presented on panel “Teaching ba: A Principled and Practical Perspective.” Chinese Language Teachers Association Annual Conference. April 6–8. Herndon, Virginia.
Mu, Bing and Crista Cornelius. “Comparison of Native and Non-Native Speakers’ Production of Mandarin Tone 2.” The 30th North American Conference on Chinese Linguistics. March 9–11. Columbus, Ohio.
Cornelius, Crista and Yu Miao. “Effects of an Initial Silent Period on Beginning Learners’ Oral Production.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. November 17–19. Nashville, Tennessee.
Cornelius, Crista. “Contextualizing the Pedagogical Presentation of Syntactic Structures,” presented on panel “Constructing Pedagogically Effective Presentations of Syntactic Information: A Case Study of the Disposal Construction in Mandarin Chinese.” Second Language Research Forum. October 12–15. Columbus, Ohio.
Cornelius, Crista and Bing Mu. “Analysis of Intermediate Chinese Learners’ Persistent Errors in the Production of Tone 2 in Mandarin Chinese.” Buckeye East Asian Linguistics Forum 2. October 21. Columbus, Ohio.
Cornelius, Crista. “Performance Watch Reports as a Pedagogical Tool in Study Abroad Contexts.” American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. November 20–22. San Diego, California.