• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages, Asian Studies, Asia Pacific Studies, Language Studies, Asia-Pacific Studies
  • Major code VIET-MAJ
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Vietnamese Language Major

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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 3B 6

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

Code Title Units
ASIA2103 Language in Asia (L) 6
ASIA3004 Semester In Asia 24
ASIA3006 Practical Assignment in Asia and the Pacific 6-12
BURM1002 Introduction to Burmese 6
CHIN3030 Classical Chinese 1 6
CHIN3031 Classical Chinese 2 6
CHIN3032 Classical Chinese 3 6
CHIN3033 Classical Chinese 4 6
INDN3004 Readings in Southeast Asian Culture 6
INDN3005 Advanced Readings in Southeast Asian Culture 6
THAI1002 Thai 1A 6
THAI1003 Thai 1B 6
THAI1004 Thai 1A: In-Country 6
THAI2002 Thai 2A 6
THAI2003 Thai 2B 6
THAI3002 Thai 3A 6
THAI3006 Modern Thai Prose 6
THAI3008 Advanced Readings in Thai Language and Culture 6
THAI3012 Modern Thai Prose: In-Country 6
VIET1002 Vietnamese 1A 6
VIET1003 Vietnamese 1B 6
VIET1006 Vietnamese 1A: In-Country 6
VIET1007 Vietnamese 1B: In-Country 6
VIET2002 Vietnamese 2A 6
VIET2003 Vietnamese 2B 6
VIET3002 Vietnamese 3A 6
  VIET 3004: Vietnamese for Nationals A
  VIET 3005: Vietnamese for Nationals B
VIET3015 English - Vietnamese Translation 6
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