Vietnamese is the national language of Vietnam, spoken by 75 million people. Discover the language and culture through these beginner courses.

Wed 02 May 2018 - Wed 27 Jun 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
16 spots remaining.

For those who have completed Beginning Vietnamese 1 or similar study. This course will provide a further understanding of the language and a stronger working ability in conversational Vietnamese.

Course outline

As in the course Beginning Vietnamese 1, the lessons in this course are centered around short conversations based on everyday situations which are a little more complicated than in course 1 and are also simulated outside Vietnam to encourage daily practice beyond the classroom.

Each set of conversations builds on previously studied material and introduces new structures and vocabulary, and is followed by a section of explanatory diagrams of the structures introduced in the conversations and the types of vocabulary appropriate to each structure. Following the section of explanatory structural diagrams is the exercise section which provides practice in the new sentence structures, using both old and new vocabulary; and the last exercise in this section is a conversation reading exercise.

To conclude each lesson is a ‘self-test’ section for students to review their understanding of the lesson at their own time or with the help of the teacher/presenter. The last lesson, lesson 10, is a review lesson with mixed types of exercises, including listening and writing exercises, narrative readings, and suggested conversations in which students can practice being interpreters in both informal and formal situations, from Vietnamese to English and vice versa.

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for those who have completed Beginning Vietnamese 1 or the equivalent of approximately 20 hours of study.

Wed 07 Feb 2018 - Wed 04 Apr 2018

18:00 - 20:00

9 Sessions
14 spots remaining.

Designed for those who have no prior knowledge of Vietnamese, this course aims to develop basic language skills for simple conversations. Since Vietnamese grammar is relatively easy, the course will focus on oral and aural skills, with special emphasis on pronunciation. The lessons will also discuss Vietnamese social customs and cultural traditions.

Course outlines

    Topic 1: The alphabet, forming simple to complex syllables. Intensive pronunciation exercises and drills
    Topic 2: Greetings and introductions
    Topic 3: Time, Date and Numbers
    Topic 4: Money, Ordering Food
    Topic 5: Shopping, Bargaining
    Topic 6: Travel, Directions and Locations

Learning outcomes

By the end of this course, students should:

  • use the appropriate terms of address
  • introduce yourself and talk briefly about yourself
  • ask and answer simple questions in everyday situations
  • order food and make simple requests in a restaurant
  • state your likes and dislikes
  • ask for assistance with directions and locations
  • demonstrate proficiency in numbers.

Who should enrol

This course is suitable for people that have a general interest in this language, are planning to travel or work in Vietnam.

Course materials

There are no course materials required for this course.