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.
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On satisfying the requirements of this subject, students will have the knowledge and skills at an Introductory level of Vietnamese to:
- Recognise and pronounce properly all six Vietnamese tones that construct words
- Use an active vocabulary of around 500 items and a passive vocabulary of around 1,000 items
- 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
- 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
- Demonstrate an understanding of cultural communication practices in family, at work places and living communities.
In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week students are expected to study for five hours as follows:
- 60 minutes, before class, studying the written and audio materials for the week
- 180 minutes, participating in two 90 minute online sessions
- 60 minutes, completing weekly exercises
Students are expected to spend at least 5 hours of individual study practising the week’s written and spoken language forms and vocabulary and reviewing feedback on their work.
- 1. Xin lỗi, bạn tên là gì? Excuse me. What’s your name?
- 2. Chị là người Việt, phải không ạ? You’re Vietnamese, aren’t you, Miss
- 3. Bạn đi đâu đấy? Where are you going?
- 4. Mấy giờ rồi, chị? What’s time is it, Miss?
- 5. Buổi tối bạn thường làm gì? What do you often do in the evenings?
- 6. Ba tôi mới đến đây chiều hôm qua. My dad just came here yesterday afternoon
- 7. Bạn đi với chúng tôi nhé? Will you go with us, please?
- 8. Em muốn đến thư viện. I’d like to get to the library
- 9. Anh đã đi Melbourne bao giờ chưa? Have you ever been to Melbourne before?
- 10. Xin lỗi, anh muốn mua gì ạ? What would you like to buy, please?
- 11. Xịn lỗi, các cô dùng gì ạ? What would you like to order, please?
- 12. Chiều thứ ba tuần sau tôi sẽ về. I’ll be back next Tuesday afternoon
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.
- 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.
- Other requirements -
This is a fast paced academic course at a University level.
An introduction to contemporary spoken and written Vietnamese. This subject
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. 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.
Via face-to-face video at a set time prescribed by the University. Please be aware of potential time zone differences.
- 8 x Weekly assignments (40%)
- Mid-semester oral presentation (10%)
- Final oral presentation (15%)
- Mid-semester written test (10%)
- Final written test (15%)
- Class participation: Active class participation (10%)