PhD in Chinese Language Pedagogy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 2020
Dissertation: Training Teachers of Chinese as a Foreign Language for Emerging Education Markets (Advisor, Dr. Galal Walker)
Masters in Chinese Language Pedagogy, The Ohio State University, Columbus, 2015
Thesis: Language Socialization through Performance Watch in a Chinese Study Abroad Context (Advisor, Dr. Galal Walker)
Masters in British and American Literature, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 1992
Bachelors in English Literature, Bryan College, Dayton, Tennessee, 1990
Minors in Bible and Spanish
RESEARCH & TEACHING INTERESTS:
- Training novice teachers of Chinese as a foreign language (CFL)
- Developing materials for teaching Chinese in cultural context
- Teaching Chinese as a foreign language in emerging educational markets
TEACHING & PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:
Assistant Professor of Chinese and Director of the Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language Program, Dallas International University, Dallas, Texas
- Develop and teach courses in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, Second Language and Culture Acquisition, and Teaching Across Cultures.
- Promote, facilitate, and direct the development of the program in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language.
Program Director and CFL Teacher Trainer, Xijin Chinese Language Program, Shaanxi Normal University, Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China
May–July 2016, May–July 2017
- Developed and delivered an 11-week Chinese language teacher training course.
- Trained 11 novice teachers to teach Chinese in emerging education environments.
- Taught beginning Chinese to 2 cohorts of North American undergraduates.
Research Associate, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
- Provided administrative support for the East Asia institutes of the US State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship Program, including 102 students at 4 institutes in China.
Instructor of Chinese and Applied Linguistics, Briercrest College, Caronport, Saskatchewan Province, Canada
- Taught Beginning Chinese and developed a summer Chinese study abroad program.
- Supervised a year-long Chinese language teaching internship for one MA student from a graduate program in China.
- Taught Second Language Acquisition and Introduction to English Grammar.
- Prepared and debriefed TESOL and Global Studies students participating in cross-cultural language teaching and language learning internships.
Instructor of Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language, School of Overseas Education, Northeast Normal University, Changchun, Jilin Province, China
May–June 2011, May–June 2012
- Taught Case Studies in Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language to MA students.
Program Director, Chinese Language Program, English Language Institute/China, Changchun, Jilin Province, China
- Directed the academic and administrative functions of a two-year Chinese language program for North American English teachers working in China.
- Taught Chinese listening, reading, and speaking. Developed CFL curriculum.
- Established program objectives and course goals. Performed language assessments.
- Negotiated contracts and strengthened cooperation with Chinese partner university.
Instructor of English as a Foreign Language, English Language Institute/China, University of Science and Technology, Hefei, Anhui Province, China
- Taught technical writing and professional oral presentation to graduate students. Taught English literature to graduate and undergraduate English majors.
Instructor of English, Chattanooga State Technical Community College, Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Taught English literature and composition to regular and joint-enrollment students.
|2018||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.)|
|2018||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.)|
|2007||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.|
|2022||Cornelius, Crista. “Rethinking Human Cognition: From Storage-Retrieval to Predictive Processing.” Dallas International University Academic Forum. October 13. Dallas, Texas.|
|2021||Cornelius, Crista. “开发以 Performance Watch 为重点的一带一路师资培训项目 [Training Chinese Language Teachers for Emerging Educational Markets Using Performance Watch],” paper presented on panel “如何搭建中文暑期师资培训项目及师资发展公众平台 [How to Design a Summer Chinese Teacher Training Program and Establish a Public Platform for Teacher Development].” Chinese Language Teachers Association Annual Conference. April 8–18. Online.|
|2019||Cornelius, Crista. “Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language in Emerging Educational Markets.” The Ohio State University Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures Research Roundtable. March 28. Columbus, Ohio.|
|2018||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.|
|2018||Cornelius, Crista. “Mandarin Tone 2: An Acoustic Study of Native and Non-Native Speakers’ Production.” The Ohio State University Institute for Chinese Studies Graduate Forum. March 20. Columbus, Ohio.|
|2018||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.|
|2017||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.|
|2017||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.|
|2016||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.|
|2015||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.|
|2015||Cornelius, Crista. “Performance Watch: Tuning in to How Native Speakers Do Things in the Target Language.” English Language Institute/China Annual Conference. February 4–11. Chiangmai, Thailand.|
|2014||Cornelius, Crista. “Performance Watch Reports,” presented on panel “Developing Community-oriented Pedagogical Materials for Chinese Study Abroad.” The First CLTA International Symposium on Chinese Language Teaching and Learning. October 24–26. Bloomington, Indiana.|
|2012||Cornelius, Crista. “Immersion, Observation and Connection: Engaging Language Learners and Trainee Teachers in a Cross-cultural Community of Practice.” North American Christian Foreign Language Association. March 22–24. Santa Barbara, California.|
INVITED TALKS & WORKSHOPS:
|2022||Professional Development Workshop for In-Service Teachers of Chinese as a Foreign Language. Conducted three 60-minute workshops for Silk Road Start.
February 20: “Introduction to Learner Perceptions of Chinese Character Learning.” March 6: “Understanding the CFL Learner’s Perspective.” March 27: “Implications and Applications for Teaching Chinese Characters.” Online.
|2021||Professional Development Workshop for In-Service Teachers of Chinese as a Foreign Language. Conducted three 80-minute workshops for Silk Road Start. March 7: “Tools for the TCFL Teaching Toolbox.” March 21: “Communicative Event Observation and Analysis Workshop.” April 18: “Turning Communicative Event Observations into Pedagogical Materials.” Online.|
AWARDS & GRANTS:
Arts and Humanities Graduate Research Small Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University, 2017
“体演日志 Tiyan rizhi: Maximizing Community-based Learning in Chinese Study Abroad Contexts.” Awarded first prize, Chinese Language Teachers Association Cengage Learning Award for Innovative Excellence in the Teaching of Chinese as a Foreign Language, 2014.
Co-awardees: Donglin Chai and Bing Mu
Summer Program in East Asian Concentration (SPEAC) (10 graduate credit hours) (2014)
The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Trainers of Language Learning Advisors Course (100 hours) (2008)
World Language Acquisition Centres International, Costa Rica
Language Learning Advisors Course (80 hours) (2007)
World Language Acquisition Centres International, Indonesia
Chinese Language Teaching and Program Development Internship (Feb. – June 1998)
English Language Institute/China Chinese Language Program, Changchun, China
Mandarin Chinese Language Study (full-time, August 1995–June 1997)
English Language Institute/China Chinese Language Program, Changchun, China
American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, 2017–present
Chinese Language Teachers Association, 2012–present
National Council of Less Commonly Taught Languages, 2018
North American Christian Foreign Language Association, 2012–2015