Subject details

On satisfying the requirements of this subject, students will have the knowledge and skills at an intermediate level of Vietnamese to:

  1. Use an active vocabulary of around 1,400 items and a passive vocabulary of around 3,000 items.
  2. Recognise and use the main structures of standard Vietnamese on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school and at leisure.
  3. Communicate appropriately with native speakers in the most commonly occurring situations; produce simple, connected texts on familiar topics and those of personal interest; and describe, experiences, dreams, hopes or viewpoints and future plans. 
  4. Demonstrate a cultural understanding and awareness of “taboo” and “need – to do” things in formal communication in Vietnam. 

In order to achieve these learning outcomes, each week students will be expected to study for five hours as follows: 

  1. 60 minutes, before class, studying the written and audio materials for the week 
  2. 180 minutes, participating in two 90 minute online sessions
  3. 60 minutes, completing weekly exercises 

Besides, the 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.

    • Sài Gòn ngày cuối năm (Saigon on last days of the Lunar year)
    • Mô tả người (Describing people)
    • Sức khoẻ (Health)
    • Học tập (Studies)
    • Câu chuyện bó đũa (Story of the bundle of chop-sticks)
    • Tiền Bạc (Money)
    • Hình như tôi đã gặp anh ở đâu rồi thì phải (It seems we have met somewhere, is that correct?)
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Virtual Classroom
      • Online Quizzes/Tests
      • Online assignment submission
    • Online materials

      • Audio-Video streaming
      • Quizzes
      • Resources and Links

You are recommended to have completed the following subjects(s) or have equivalent knowledge before starting this subject:


Completion of VIET1003 Vietnamese 2 or demonstration of equivalent level through completion of a placement test. Students with prior knowledge of the language will be required to take a placement test. Students are not permitted to enrol in a subject that is lower than the level they achieve in the placement test, or a lower level than a subject they have already completed. Students without the appropriate level of proficiency for ANU-VIET2002 (Vietnamese 3) will be withdrawn from this subject and we will recommend an alternative subject at the correct level.

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - 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

Students in this subject achieve an intermediate level of Vietnamese with an emphasis on active oral and writing skills. This subject consolidates and builds on the foundation set in the first year. It focuses on active recall of vocabulary items and their usage in the appropriate context using the correct grammatical form in accordance with accepted conversational conventions. A reading program forms a part of the subject. 

  • 10 weekly assignments (30%%)
  • Mid term oral presentation (15%%)
  • Final oral presentation (15%%)
  • Mid term written test (20%%)
  • Final written test (20%%)

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