STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – January 2017 – Doug, Greg and Lainey Nussbaum

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Doug
Age 11
Chinese Zodiac – Rooster
School – Canaan Middle School
Grade 6
Hobbies: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Running and Legos

Greg
Age 9
Chinese Zodiac – Pig
School – Plain City Elementary
Grade 4
Hobbies: Baseball, Basketball, Football, Running and Video Games

Lainey
Age 5
Chinese Zodiac – Rabbit
School – Plain City Elementary
Grade: Kindergarten
Hobbies: Swimming, Crafting, Baking and Cheerleading

Boys started Feb 2013 – Lainey started Spring 2013

They are studying Chinese because they want to learn Lainey’s birth language and to understand Chinese cultures and traditions.

Goals – They want to be able to translate for their parents when we go to Flushing, NY with CSC and on our next trip to China.

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT – December 2016 – Althea Chan

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CSC is excited to announce our new Student Spotlight program. Every month, CSC will feature two outstanding students — one youth and one adult — on our Facebook page and in our office. Our first spotlighted youth student is Althea Chan (Chen Lixiu)!

Name: Althea Chan
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
School: Thomas Worthington High School
Grade: 10
Hobbies: I enjoy skiing, field hockey, studying, and hanging out with my friends.

When you started studying at CSC:
3 years ago

Why you are studying Chinese:
I am studying Chinese to be able to communicate more effectively with my relatives who speak Chinese. Also, I find Chinese to be very interesting and fun to learn. Learning a new language has proved very beneficial!

Chinese study goals:
My goal in studying Chinese is to be able to converse with native speakers with ease.

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT  – December 2016

CSC is excited to announce our new Student Spotlight program. Every month, CSC will feature two outstanding students — one youth and one adult — on our Facebook page and in our office. Our first spotlighted student is Kong Bai’en (Brian Conrad)!

Name: Brian Conrad
Chinese Zodiac: Pig
Work: Fahlgren Mortine
Hobbies: I most like to play tennis, go out to eat, go out to the movies, travel and make Chinese friends.

When you started studying at CSC:
Since January 2012. I have studied Chinese for four years, more or less.

Why you are studying Chinese:
I love studying Chinese because it has opened a whole new world to me. It’s exciting to learn a language that for so much of my life has seemed a mystery. Plus, it has brought me closer to Chinese friends through a better understanding of culture, food and history. It’s a fun challenge that gets more rewarding the further I go.

Chinese study goals:
Ultimately, I want to visit China and feel confident interacting with the people there. But what’s more important to me is to keep learning and progressing every day. For me, the journey is just as exciting as the destination.

Columbus School of Chinese at NCLC 2016: Classroom Expressions

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Thank you everyone who came to our presentation, “Effective Strategies for Non-native Instructors,” at the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference, held April 28-30 in Chicago! We were honored to present to such a large and energetic crowd of native and non-native instructors and administrators.

During the presentation, CSC President Chris Stellato and VP Donny Newman, alongside  Director of the Confucius Institute at East Central Ohio ESC, Michele Carlisle, detailed how the strengths of native and non-native instructors could be utilized to provide the best student outcomes.

In terms of classroom management, we discussed how use of a strategic set of classroom expressions could help instructors and students remain in the target language as much as possible.

Here is a list of 20 of the most useful classroom expressions that are sure to help any Chinese class remain in the target language:

  1. shàng kè le / Class has begun.
  2. lǎoshī hǎo / Hello teacher.
  3. xià kè le / Class is over.
  4. qǐng tīng wǒ shuō / Please listen to me.
  5. qǐng gēnzhe wǒ shuō / Please say it with me.
  6. qǐng nǐ zài shuō yíbiàn / Please say it again.
  7. dǒng le ma? / Do you understand?
  8. wǒ bù zhīdào / I don’t know.
  9. qǐng ānjìng / Please quiet down.
  10. duì bú duì / Correct or incorrect?
  11. yǒu méiyǒu wèntí? / Are there any questions?
  12. qǐng nǐ wèn wèntí / Please ask the question.
  13. qǐng huídá / Please answer.
  14. qǐng jǔshǒu / Please raise your hand.
  15. “x” yīngwén zěnme shuō? / How do you say [it] in English?
  16. “x” zhōngwén zěnme shuō / How do you say [it] in Chinese?
  17. zhèshì shénme zì? / What character is this?
  18. zěnme pīn? / How is it spelled?
  19. dì jǐ shēng? / What tone does it have?
  20. wǒ kěyǐ shàng xǐshǒujiān ma? / May I go to the bathroom?

Flushing Chinese Immersion Weekend

Flushing PicThe Columbus School of Chinese (CSC), in partnership with the Confucius Institute at East Central Ohio ESC, is pleased to announce Summer 2016 dates for our Flushing Chinese Immersion Weekend programs: June 3-5, 2016 (Adults); June 10-12, 2016 (Youth ages 12+). This three-day program is an immersive Chinese language and culture experience for students who have completed Beginner I and above.

The Flushing area of 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 become 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: June 3-5, 2016 (Adults); June 10-12, 2016 (Youth ages 12+)

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 cost 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 2012

“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 2013

Testimonial – Educational Consulting

With the help of Chris Stellato and the Columbus School of Chinese, we were able to successfully add Mandarin Chinese to our foreign language offerings at Saint Ignatius High School. Prior to our discovery of the Columbus School of Chinese, the difficulty in finding an instructor that understood the needs of American adolescents and had a passionate love for teaching had been problematic for us. With the help of Chris Stellato, we were not only successful in acquiring an expert instructor, but we also established long-term stability through curriculum development, teacher evaluation, and consultation—essentials that were unavailable elsewhere. If you want to build a successful Chinese program at your school, look no further than the Columbus School of Chinese.

Dan Bradesca, Principal

Saint Ignatius High School

Summer Study Abroad Review and Student Testimonials

HFU BanquetCSC staff and students recently returned from a very successful summer study abroad program. Over the course of the two-week program, CSC President Chris Stellato, VP Donny Newman and instructors Wei You and Jianfen Wang led local students through a tour of Shanghai, Nanjing and Columbus Sister City, Hefei.

The program was specifically focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Participants visited and interacted with various businesses, government organizations and educational institutions, including global market research company Ipsos, international gaming company Reality Squared Games, and cutting edge educational software company iFlytek.

During our time in Hefei, CSC was hosted by our partner Hefei University. While at Hefei University, students attended Chinese language and culture classes, worked with university peer mentors and lived on campus in Hefei University’s international student dormitories.

Below are highlights from the itinerary:

  1. Visited with the CEO and VP of R2 Games
  2. Visited with Ipsos
  3. Banquet hosted by R2 Games
  4. Bullet train to Nanjing
  5. Visited Confucian Temple
  6. Toured Sun Yat-sen’s Mausoleum
  7. Visited a traditional tea house
  8. Toured the Presidential Palace
  9. Shopping in Xinjiekou District
  10. Bullet train to Hefei
  11. Hefei University Welcome Banquet
  12. Chinese Language and Culture Classes
  13. Visited Li Hongzhang’s former residence
  14. Visited Hefei Foreign Affairs Office
  15. Banquet hosted by Hefei FOA
  16. Visited Anhui Provincial History Museum
  17. Visited iFlytek
  18. Day trip to Sanhe, ancient town outside Hefei city
  19. Farewell Banquet hosted by Hefei University.
  20. Visited Shanghai OSU Gateway
  21. Toured the Bund and Nanjing Road

Student Testimonials:

“As an adult learner, the CSC educational trip exceeded my expectations. It was far richer than traveling alone or traditional tours could provide. The language and cultural training was excellent and the in-country mentors were warm and helpful. Combining education with tourism and company visits along with banquets with officials (not just training, but actual banquets) created a deeply balanced experience that will last a lifetime and propel my language abilities to a new level. ” – Rich Timpone, adult participant

Teen Participants:

“This was the trip of a lifetime. I got to make connections with native Chinese speakers, and I got to use my new acquired skills. I would say that my language ability has doubled at least. I would recommend this program to anybody because it changed my outlook on both the Chinese language and the world around me. This experience showed that you can never truly know how much of a bubble you live in until it is popped.”

“This trip was a one-of-a-kind experience. These past two weeks will forever change how I perceive the world I live in. This experience is one that everyone studying Chinese should take part in.”

“The amount of knowledge I gained on this trip is immeasurable. It was a great way to experience a different culture. To students who plan to learn partake in this trip in the future, you will have lots of opportunities opened up to you.”  

“This trip was an amazing experience that went further in depth than just a tourist trip. We learned about the development of China, and the technological and economic growth there, specifically in Hefei, our sister city. I made life-long friends in Hefei, and I learned a lot about the Chinese education system. I had a lot of fun.”

We can’t wait to head back to China for our 2016 program!

CSC’s 2015 China Summer Study Abroad Program To Hefei, China

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Hefei, China

The Columbus School of Chinese is excited to begin our China Study Abroad Program to Hefei, China, June 3-16, 2015, in partnership with the Confucius Institute at the East Central Ohio Educational Services Center.

Over the course of this two-week program, CSC President Chris Stellato, VP Donny Newman and instructor Jianfen Wang will lead local high school students through a tour of Shanghai, Nanjing and Columbus Sister City, Hefei.

The program is specifically focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). In China, each student will conduct research on a STEM-related research question they have developed according to their own personal interests in preparation for the trip. Participants will visit and interact with various businesses, government bodies and educational institutions, including global market research company Ipsos, international gaming company Reality Squared Games, and cutting edge educational software company iFlytek.

We are also proud to be collaborating closely with our partner Hefei University. While in Hefei, program participants will attend Chinese language and culture classes, work with local university peer mentors and live on campus in Hefei University’s international student dormitories.

We are greatly looking forward to the trip and to many more CSC study abroad programs to come!

Adult Beginner Class

We are offering a month long Adult Beginner Class in May. The class will meet each Monday evening in May from 7:30-9:00pm. The course cost is $115 which includes tuition, course book and audio for the class. For more information please call 614.397.2020.

Winter/Spring Schedule 2015 – Beginning Week of Jan. 5

Class Schedule:

ADULT CLASSES

  • Mon 6:15 – 7:15pm Intermediate Plus 
  • Mon 7:30 – 8:30pm Beginner Plus
  • Tues 6:30 – 8:00pm Intermediate
  • Tues 7:00 – 8:00pm Beginner
  • Weds 7:30 – 8:30pm Beginner Plus
  • Thurs 6:30 – 7:30pm Beginner Plus
  • Thurs 7:30 – 8:30pm Beginner Plus

CHILDREN’S AND YOUTH CLASSES (AGES 6-9, 10-13)

  • Mon 4:30 – 5:30pm Intermediate
  • Tues 4:30 – 5:30pm Beginner Plus
  • Weds 4:30 – 5:30pm Beginner Plus
  • Thurs 4:30 – 5:30pm Beginner
  • Thurs 4:30 – 5:30pm Advanced

TODDLER CLASSES

  • Mon 10:30 – 11:15am Beginner Plus – Ages 2-4
  • Thurs 10:30 – 11:15am Beginner – Ages 2-4