• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Minor code VIET-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
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Vietnamese is spoken by more than 90 million people in Vietnam. It is also the native language of nearly 4 million people residing overseas; it is the sixth most-spoken language in Australia. Study of Vietnamese will put students in a unique position to enter Vietnamese-speaking environment and to gain a deep understanding of its rich culture, friendly people, and vibrant society.

Vietnamese courses at the ANU equip students not only with the language skills but also with the cultural understanding necessary to engage with one of the most dynamic and fastest growing eonomies in Asia. Choosing to study Vietnamese can also lead to opportunities for enterprising and adventurous students to develop ties between the two nations as well as connections with members of the Viet diaspora in Australia and around the world.

Students in this minor can spend time studying at a spend time studying at a tertiary institution in Vietnam, through one of the several in-country courses on offer. 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, or a course that is a lower level than a course 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

Upon successful completion of this minor, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Intermediate level of Vietnamese to:
1. Use an active vocabulary of around 2,000 items and a passive vocabulary of around 4,000 items.
2. Recognise and use the main structures of semi-complex Vietnamese on various topics, including those related to one’s area of academic interest. 
3. Interact confidently, appropriately and with ease with native speakers on a wide range of subjects; compose clear and detailed texts on topics of general personal interest; and present viewpoints with clarity and coherence.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural communication practices and present-day social life in Vietnam.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

24 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
VIET3003 Vietnamese 6 6
VIET3015 Vietnamese-English Translation 6
ASIA3083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A 6
ASIA3108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B 6
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