• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Specialisation code VIET-SPEC
  • Academic career Postgraduate
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Vietnamese Language and Culture Specialisation

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 economies in Asia. Choosing to study Vietnamese as a 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 specialisation can 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.


Career opportunities

This specialisation will advance your career in language-related and cross-cultural work in government and non-government organisations, language technologies or as an independent language practitioner or researcher.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this specialiastion, 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 specialisation requires the completion of 24 units, which must consist of:

A minimum of 18 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
VIET6102 Vietnamese 1 6
VIET6103 Vietnamese 2 6
VIET6002 Vietnamese 3 6
VIET6003 Vietnamese 4 6
VIET6502 Vietnamese 5 6
VIET6503 Vietnamese 6 6
VIET6525 Learning Language Locally: Vietnam 6-12
VIET6015 Vietnamese-English Translation 6
ASIA6083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A 6
ASIA6108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B 6

A maximum of 6 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
LANG6001 Translation across Languages: The Translation of Literary Texts 6
LANG6002 Translation across Languages: Specialised Materials 6
LANG6016 Translation Project 6
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