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

Vietnamese is spoken by more than 95 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 Vietnamese as a major can also open possibilities for students to explore numerous opportunities now available in Vietnam, to conduct research on this dynamic country, to develop ties between the two nations as well as connections with members of the Viet diaspora in Australia and around the world. 

Studying Vietnamese

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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate accurate recognition and production of Vietnamese tones and various vowels and consonants.

  2. Use an active vocabulary of around 4,000 items and a passive vocabulary of around 6,000 items, including specialist vocabulary related to students' areas of academic interest.

  3. Communicate with confidence and ease on a wide range of topics, in informal and formal situations with all the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. 

  4. Use relevant structures and vocabulary to express complex ideas and arguments, and to engage in academic discussion and debate.

  5. Use the language for daily conversations, study, academic research, internship or work in the country.

  6. Demonstrate an understanding of Vietnamese culture and society, and apply cultural awareness to engage with the Vietnamese people.

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:

VIET3003 Vietnamese 6 (6 units)

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

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)

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)

ASIA3108 Research Topics in Asian and Pacific Languages (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)

BURM1002 Burmese 1 (6 units)

BURM1003  Burmese 2 (6 units)

*The course is offered in semester 1 and 2 each year. Students may enrol in this course code up to 4 times, under different topics of Vietnamese to be included in this major. Enrolment in this course is subject to the availability and agreement of an appropriate supervisor. It is a requirement that students confirm the approval of the potential supervisor before enrolling in the course.

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

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