Matthew B Christensen

Director, Chinese Flagship Center and Professor, Asian & Near Eastern Languages

3081 JFSB


Curriculum Vitae

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Teaching Experience

Learning a foreign language is learning how to do things in the target culture. It goes beyond vocabulary and grammar and includes behavioral culture, what do do, how to do it, what to say, and so on. Classroom instruction should focus on student performances of prescribed situations conducted mostly in the target language.


My current research focuses on cultural literacy and the intersection of language and culture. I am also interested in Chinese language pedagogy, culinary culture, and Cantonese language and culture.


My citizenship focus for the past two decades has been with the Chinese Flagship Center where I have served as Director since 2013. I have also served on various department and college committees.

Citizenship assignments

  • 2002-2013 Academic Director. Chinese Flagship Center
  • 2013-present Director. Chinese Flagship Center

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By Appointment
3081 JFSB