• Total units 48 Units
  • Major code VIET-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
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Vietnamese Language Major

Vietnamese is the national and official language of Vietnam and is spoken world-wide in the Vietnamese diaspora. In fact it is also the sixth most-spoken language in Australia. Knowledge of the Vietnamese language is indispensable for anyone one wishing to understand Vietnamese culture and society—both in Vietnam and in the diaspora. Given Australia's close ties with Vietnam since re-unification, a knowledge of the language is valued in a wide range of professions, both in Australia and internationally.

Students in this major are encouraged to spend time studying at a tertiary institution in Vietnam through a year of study in the Year in Asia program, or in an in-country intensive course. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.

A student may not take a course if that course is a prerequisite for another course which they have already passed.

Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test and may be exempted from the compulsory course.


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the Vietnamese language major students should be able to:

  1. express themselves well in a formal or informal      register, appropriate to the situation and to the people to whom one is      speaking.
  2. read and understand newspapers and other texts in      Vietnamese
  3. engage with authentic Vietnamese language media
  4. write in Vietnamese in the appropriate style      using the correct grammar and the vocabulary appropriate the genre,      contents and audience
  5. Write, perform and record presentations or      interviews in Vietnamese either individually or in cooperative groups, and      answer questions based on those performances or interviews


Course Lists

The course lists in the "Requirements" section below is a definitive   list and includes all courses that can be counted towards the major,   whether or not they are offered in the current year. For a list of   courses that will be offered in the current year, please see the Summary of Courses page.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
VIET3003 Vietnamese 6 6

42 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
VIET1002 Vietnamese 1 6
VIET1003 Vietnamese 2 6
VIET2002 Vietnamese 3 6
VIET2003 Vietnamese 4 6
VIET2525 Learning Language Locally: Vietnam 6-12
VIET3002 Vietnamese 5 6
VIET3015 Vietnamese-English Translation 6
  ASIA 2083: Readings in South and SEA Cult
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
  ASIA 3006: Prac Assign in Asia Pacific
ASIA3108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B 6
BURM1002 Burmese 1 6
  CHIN 3030: Classical Chinese 1
  CHIN 3031: Classical Chinese 2
CHIN3015 Advanced Literary Chinese 6
THAI1002 Thai 1 6
THAI1003 Thai 2 6
THAI2002 Thai 3 6
THAI2003 Thai 4 6
THAI3002 Thai 5 6
THAI3008 Thai 6 6
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