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Undergraduate | ANU-VIET1002 | 2024

Vietnamese 1

Course information for 2024 intake

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Hold conversations in Australia’s sixth most-spoken language. Distinguish and pronounce the six tones that are used to build words. Experience the Vietnamese language in the context of the country’s cultural and social communication practices.

Study method
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Start dates
20 Feb 2024,
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Entry requirements
Prior study needed
14 weeks

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Vietnamese 1

About this subject

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

    • Recognise and properly pronounce Vietnamese vowels and consonants and the six tones.
    • Use an active Vietnamese vocabulary of around 150 items and a passive vocabulary of around 200 items.
    • Use basic Vietnamese to conduct simple conversations at a slow speed on daily topics such as self-introduction, introducing a friend, talking about family, asking about the time and date and describing one’s habits.
    • Read and write simple sentences and short essays on topics covered in the course, and use the Vietnamese computer keyboard to type Vietnamese.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of Vietnamese cultural norms and practices in relation to language use in interpersonal relations within the family, at workplaces and in daily life.

    Each week students are expected to study for at least 10 hours as follows:

    1. 90 minutes studying the written and audio materials for the week e.g. dialogues/ conversations, oral practice and vocabulary, and prepare for the next lesson. 
    2. 180 minutes, participating in two 90-minute online sessions. 
    3. 120 minutes reviewing the online lessons e.g. reviewing the class recordings, organising their notes and studying new grammar and vocabulary introduced in class. 
    4. 90 minutes completing regular exercises and self-practice, and reviewing feedback on their work.  
    5. 120 minutes of independent study

    Students are expected to study for at least 10 hours for the exams.

Entry requirements


If you have prior experience in learning this language, this subject may not be appropriate for you. You may be required to take a placement test.

Additional requirements

  • Equipment requirements - To successfully engage in this subject students will need the following: - Laptop or computer - Computer camera (either inbuilt or webcam) - Headset with microphone - Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome browser - Reliable internet access - Access to a scanner or smartphone.
  • Software requirements - ANU uses Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. While the use of Turnitin is not mandatory, the ANU highly recommends Turnitin be used by both teaching staff and students. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website.
  • Other requirements - This is a fast paced academic course at a University level.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

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