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

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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

  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

Students with previous “language experience or exposure” are required to take a language proficiency assessment to ensure enrolment at the most appropriate level. 

Relevant past experience includes:

-     Previous study of the language (both formal and informal, for example but not limited to, at school, or, home, or through online activities, etc.)

-     Being exposed to the language in childhood via a family member or friend

-     Travel or living in a country where the language is spoken

-     The language being spoken in your home (even if you do not speak it yourself)

Students who are not sure if they need to take a proficiency assessment should seek advice from the course or language convenor. 

Students who intentionally misrepresent their language proficiency level may be investigated under the Academic Misconduct Rule 2015 as having failed to comply with assessment directions and having sought unfair advantage. This may results in a penalty such as reduced grades or failure of the course.

Students are not permitted to enrol in a language course below one that they have already successfully completed, except with permission of the language and/or course convenor.

International students who are studying all or part of their program on a student visa are advised that this major is only available for online study. Under the Education Services for Overseas Student Act 2000 (ESOS Act), international students on a student visa cannot do more than 33% of their study online. International students interested in enrolling in these courses should contact the CAP Student Centre (cap.student@anu.edu.au) for advice prior to enrolling.

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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 the completion of the following compulsory course(s):

VIET3003 - Vietnamese 6 (6 units)

A minimum of 30 units from the completion of the following core course(s):

ASIA3083 - Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages A (6 units)*

ASIA3108 - Research Topics in South and Southeast Asian Languages B (6 units)*

VIET1002 - Vietnamese 1 (6 units)

VIET1003 - Vietnamese 2 (6 units)

VIET2002 - Vietnamese 3 (6 units)

VIET2003 - Vietnamese 4 (6 units)

VIET3002 - Vietnamese 5 (6 units)

VIET3015 - Vietnamese-English Translation (6 units)

A maximum of 12 units from the completion of the following elective list:

ASIA2098 - Asian and Pacific Studies Internship (12 units)

ASIA2100 - Linguistic Histories in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

ASIA2103 - Language in Asia and the Pacific (L) (6 units)

CHIN2019 - Literary Chinese 1 (6 units)

CHIN2021 - Literary Chinese 2 (6 units)

LANG3001 - Translation across Languages: the translation of literary texts (6 units)*

LANG3002 - Translation across Languages: specialised material (6 units)*

THAI1002 - Thai 1 (6 units)

THAI1003 - Thai 2 (6 units)

* These courses must have a course topic of Vietnamese to be included in this major.

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