• 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

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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 Vietnamese as a major 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 major are encouraged to spend time studying at a tertiary institution in Vietnam, through one of the several in-country courses or the Year-in-Vietnam program. Competitive scholarships are available to qualified students.

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this major, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Independent 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. Communicate with confidence and ease, in informal and formal situations and with vocabularies appropriate to the context, on both general and academic themes in all the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

4. Use the language in ways appropriate to research, work, and other personal purposes.

5. Demonstrate a nuanced cultural awareness of Vietnamese society necessary to understand and apply the target language in various forms, registers, genres, and social settings.

Other Information

A student may not take a course that is a prerequisite or a lower level than a course which they have already passed.

Students that are commencing language studies who have prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test before enrolling for the first time. Students will not be permitted to enrol in a course at a lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, and may be exempted from compulsory courses.

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

A maximum of 12 units of 1000 level courses.

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

Code Title Units
VIET3003 Vietnamese 6 6

A minimum of 30 units must come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
VIET1002 Vietnamese 1 6
VIET1003 Vietnamese 2 6
VIET2002 Vietnamese 3 6
VIET2003 Vietnamese 4 6
VIET3002 Vietnamese 5 6
VIET3015 Vietnamese-English Translation 6
VIET2525 Learning Language Locally: Vietnam 6-12
ASIA3083 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A 6
ASIA3108 Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B 6

A maximum of 12 units may come from completion of courses from the following list:

Code Title Units
ASIA2103 Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
ASIA2100 Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (L) 6
CHIN2019 Literary Chinese 1 6
CHIN2021 Literary Chinese 2 6
THAI1002 Thai 1 6
THAI1003 Thai 2 6
ASIA2098 Asian and Pacific Studies Internship 6-12
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