The Columbus School Of Chinese (CSC)

CSC was founded in 2010 to help non-native learners excel in Mandarin Chinese. CSC provides students with first-rate instruction in Chinese language and culture in a fun and supportive immersion environment.

Through our task-based learning method, students have unlimited opportunities to use Chinese with native and near-native language professionals, and with each other. The curriculum and texts used in and out of class require students to perform tasks in Chinese.

Through their own performance, with guidance from experts in Chinese language acquisition, students will acquire the tools necessary to become successful in their Chinese-related endeavors, whether they be academic, business related, or purely personal enjoyment.

Our mission can only be achieved by recognizing the needs of our learners. We succeed when our students succeed.

CSC was founded in 2010 to help non-native learners excel in Mandarin Chinese. CSC provides students with first-rate instruction in Chinese language and culture in a fun and supportive immersion environment.

Through our task-based learning method, students have unlimited opportunities to use Chinese with native and near-native language professionals, and with each other. The curriculum and texts used in and out of class require students to perform tasks in Chinese.

Through their own performance, with guidance from experts in Chinese language acquisition, students will acquire the tools necessary to become successful in their Chinese-related endeavors, whether they be academic, business related, or purely personal enjoyment.

Our mission can only be achieved by recognizing the needs of our learners. We succeed when our students succeed.

Who We Are

Chris Stellato

President

Chris Stellato is the founder and president of The Columbus School of Chinese and Sino-American Business Consulting. Under his direction, CSC/SABC has grown into one of the leading Chinese language and culture training centers in the Midwest. He regularly consults for the Confucius Institute, Cardinal Health, Sutphen, MCR Medical, White Castle, Columbus 2020, VanHorn Metz, Miller Valentine Construction Group Greif, and others. Chris has taught Chinese at OSU, CSCC and CSC.

Chris has studied and worked extensively in China. He frequently speaks about doing business in China and Chinese language teaching and learning. He regularly performs traditional Chinese storytelling to large, international audiences.

Chris holds a B.A. in Comparative East Asian Religion and Philosophy and an M.A. in East Asian Languages and Literatures with a concentration in Advanced Chinese Language and Culture from The Ohio State University’s Chinese Flagship Program. He has also completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in Chinese Language Pedagogy at OSU, a program he left to found CSC in 2010. Chris also serves on the board of Central Ohio Families with Children from China, where he works closely with families and children adopted from China.

Donald Newman

Vice President

Over the past decade, Donald has gained extensive first-hand experience living and working throughout China. Before joining CSC, Donald worked with numerous Chinese and U.S. international media outlets, producing television and radio content focused on promoting cross-cultural understanding and enhancing mutually-beneficial U.S.-China relationships. At CSC, Donald guides curriculum development projects, develops course books and multimedia instructional materials, and teaches numerous Chinese language and culture courses.

Donald holds a B.A. in Chinese and an M.A. in East Asian Languages and Literatures from The Ohio State University. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University Chinese Flagship Program, where he was awarded a Flagship Fellowship by the U.S. federal government’s National Security Education Program. His studies have also been supported by fellowships from the China Ministry of Education and China Language Council International (Hanban).

Connie Hahn

Executive Assistant

Connie began her career in the travel industry over 30 years ago, starting as a travel agent and eventually purchasing the agency August of 2001 – just before 9/11.   As a new business owner, Connie had to navigate a period of zero sales and almost half million dollars in refunds due to traveler’s fears.  The agency still made a profit that year and over time grew to a 15 million dollar business.  The growth was both domestic and international – specifically in China, negotiating with vendors for space, escorts, etc., for tours.  In 2007, Connie merged with an agency in the Cleveland area for a combined sales of close to 70 million dollars.

Early in 2013, Connie was looking for a new challenge and began working as Vice President of the Columbus School of Chinese (CSC) and Sino-American Business Consulting (SABC). Connie is responsible for business development, marketing and sales.

Chen Mengyi

Lead Instructor

Bridget/Mengyi has extensive experience in teaching Mandarin Chinese in China and in the U.S.  She has worked with all age groups in various institutional contexts. Being a trilingual herself, Bridget has great interest in developing meaningful tasks-based curriculum for foreign language education. She is currently pursuing her doctoral degree in Foreign, Second, and Multilingual Language Education at the Ohio State University.

Seth Wiener

Consultant

Seth Wiener is a co-director of CSC. He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies and Chinese, an M.A. in Linguistics and is currently finishing his Ph.D. in Chinese Linguistics at The Ohio State University. His research focuses on spoken language processing and the phonetics phonology interface. He has presented and published several papers on Chinese linguistics and has been awarded numerous research grants and fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education, The Ohio State University, Boston University and National Taiwan University. Seth has also served as a Chinese language and cultural consultant for Midwestern textbook publishing companies and currently mentors Columbus area high school youth. With over a decade of expertise, Seth has taught Chinese, linguistics, academic test preparation and English throughout the U.S., South America and Asia.

Terry Chai

Consultant

With more than 14 years of business experience in China and in the U.S., Terry has successfully managed both joint ventures and wholly owned foreign enterprises. From 2001 to 2007, Terry served as Chief Representative and China Regional Sales & Marketing Manager in Shanghai. During that time he helped a leading British analytical instruments company grow throughout China. From 2009 to 2011 Terry has acted as a strategic sourcing partner in the U.S. where he has established sourcing networks and supply chains. Terry is a well-rounded, committed professional with experience in sales, marketing, engineering, service and logistics in domestic and international business. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering and an MBA from The Ohio State University in marketing and logistics.

Pat McAloon

Consultant

Patrick McAloon holds a PhD in Chinese language pedagogy from the Ohio State University, focusing on development and assessment of professionally-useful levels of foreign language ability.  Having worked in and with China since 1997, he currently divides his time between teaching Chinese at Ohio State and providing educational experiences in the US to Chinese organizations and individuals. He has presented extensively at academic conferences and is the author of the upcoming guide to study abroad in China, “Study in China”.