Monthly Archives: February 2017

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – February 2017 – Charlotte Owen


Age: 10

Chinese Zodiac: dog

School: Columbus School for Girls

Grade: 5

Hobbies: reading, ballet, piano, biking

When she started studying at CSC: 2012

Why she is studying Chinese: Because a lot of my family is Chinese, so I should learn the language.

Chinese study goals: To learn to speak fluently.

Flushing Chinese Immersion Weekend – July 21-23, 2017

The Columbus School of Chinese (CSC) is pleased to announce dates for our Summer 2017 Flushing Chinese Immersion Weekend program: July 21-23, 2017. This three-day program is an immersive Chinese language and culture experience for students ages 6+ who have completed Beginner I and above. (Students under age 18 will require a chaperon.)

The Flushing neighborhood in Queens, New York, boasts one of the largest Chinese communities outside of China. Flushing provides learners with authentic opportunities to apply language skills and cultural knowledge outside of the classroom and to become more comfortable with life in a Chinese environment.

Over the course of this program, CSC China experts will guide students through real-life scenarios and cultural experiences that will increase learners’ confidence in their language ability and deepen their practical understanding of Chinese culture and society.

Participants will interact with native Chinese speakers in a variety of settings:
Hotel check-in;
Interact with cab drivers;
Purchase items through bartering;
Ask for directions;
Order food, interact with restaurant staff;
Experience a Chinese banquet;
Participate in authentic Chinese recreational activities, and more.

Dates: July 21-23, 2017

Cost: Approximately $1,000 per student, depending on student number and other factors. Program cost includes airfare, lodging, ground transportation and instructional fees. Past programs have run between $800-1,200.

Past Student Testimonials:
“I enjoyed our immersion trip to Flushing, NY. I was forced to use Chinese in order to communicate. This trip has strengthened my excitement for learning Chinese.”—Raju, Flushing Trip Participant

“Take it from someone who’s been there. You don’t want to miss out on this unique opportunity to improve your Chinese!” —Brian, Flushing Trip Participant

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – February 2017 – Natalie Fei and Sarah Tsung

sarah natalie 1STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – February 2017

Name: Sarah Tsung
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Work: 5th Grade Language Arts teacher at Liberty Elementary School
Hobbies: Trying new things with family and friends, reading, watching TV shows, working out, and trying new recipes
When you started studying at CSC: I started at CSC in November 2016.
Why you are studying Chinese: I am studying Chinese because my husband is Chinese and his family speaks Chinese in their home.
Chinese study goals: I would like to be able to understand and carry on some conversations with my in-laws.

Name: Natalie Fei
Chinese Zodiac: Snake
Work: School Counselor
Hobbies: Reading, Traveling, & Yoga
When you started studying at CSC: Fall of 2016
Why you are studying Chinese: My husband’s family speaks fluent Chinese
Chinese study goals: To successfully be able to order a cup of coffee when in China… AND to communicate a little with my husband’s family in Chinese!