• Offered by School of Culture History and Language
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Transitional
  • Course subject Vietnamese
  • Areas of interest Asian Languages
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Bao Thai
  • Mode of delivery Online or In Person
  • Co-taught Course
  • Offered in First Semester 2018
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An introduction to contemporary spoken and written Vietnamese. This course introduces the tones, essential syntax and the writing system of the Vietnamese language. By working through a series of graded and contextualised dialogues the students will begin to develop reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. The context of language use includes greetings, the individual, the family, time and date. Attention is given to the social and cultural context of language use.   

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

On satisfying the requirements of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Vietnamese to:
1. Recognise and pronounce properly all six Vietnamese tones that construct words.
2. Use an active vocabulary of around 500 items and a passive vocabulary of around 1,000 items.
3. Recognise and produce practised phrase and sentence structures in colloquial Vietnamese, to conduct basic conversations, write short notes, and read basic phrases on everyday topics.
4. Communicate in speech and writing on basic forms of greeting, questions about personal details with slow speech, statements on the quantity and quality of things they encounter, and statements about friends, acquaintances and places of living and working.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural communication practices in family, at work places and living communities. 

Indicative Assessment

10 Weekly Assignments: 30% (LO 1, 2 &3)

Mid-term Oral Presentation: 10% (LO 1, 2, 3 &4)

Final Oral Presentation: 10% (LO 1, 2, 3 &4)

Mid-term Written Exam: 25% (LO 1,2,3,4 &5)

Final Written Exam: 25% (LO 1,2,3,4 &5)

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Each week students are expected to have study for 6 hours as follows

1. 90 minutes studying before class the written and audio materials for the week- such parts as Dialogues/ Conversations, Oral Practice and Vocabulary. 

2. 30 minutes memorizing the week’s vocabulary provided at Word Lists. 

3. 120 minutes participating in one online session

4. 30 minutes listening to relevant sessions provided on Wattle

5. 90 minutes completing weekly exercises- normally at Written Practice, Dictation/Reading Text or a task assigned beforehand by the lecturer


Besides students should spend at least 4 hours of independent study practicing the week’s written and spoken language forms, vocabulary and reviewing all the feedback on their work.  Students are also encouraged to call in via Skype or Adobe Connect to communicate with the lecturer during the office hours (in 120 minutes) scheduled by the lecturer at the beginning of each semester.

Requisite and Incompatibility

You may not enrol in this course if you have previously completed VIET1002 or VIET1006.

Prescribed Texts

Prescribed text:
Nguyen, L., Clark, M., and Nguyen Bich Thuan, Spoken Vietnamese for Beginners, Northern Illinois University, 1994

Recommended text:
Ton-That Quynh-Du, Learning Vietnamese for speakers of English Book 3, Dept Asian Languages and Studies, Monash University, 1994
Buu Khai, Learning Vietnamese – a guide to pronunciation, Vietnamese Language and Culture Publications, 1990
Thomson L, Vietnamese grammar, University Hawaii Press, 1988



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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $3180
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2018 $4860
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
ANU Online
3571 19 Feb 2018 27 Feb 2018 31 Mar 2018 25 May 2018 Online N/A

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