Academic year
2023/2024 Syllabus of previous years
Official course title
Course code
LT6090 (AF:451835 AR:247042)
On campus classes
ECTS credits
Degree level
Bachelor's Degree Programme
Educational sector code
1st Semester
Course year
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The teaching falls within the characterizing teachings of the China, Korea and Japan curricula of the "Languages, Cultures and Societies of Asia and Mediterranean Africa" course.
Its educational objectives fall within the area of learning language skills, as well as cultural and humanities. Students will gain in-depth knowledge not only of the languages but also of the cultures and societies of these regions. The course aims to provide a comprehensive understanding not only of linguistic structures but also of the cultural contexts in which these languages are spoken. This way, students can develop a critical and informed perspective on Asian languages, opening new opportunities both academically and professionally.
Welcome to the Vietnamese A1 course, crafted for individuals starting from scratch. Specifically designed for absolute beginners, this course serves as the fundamental building block for your exploration of the Vietnamese language. It is aligned with the A1 proficiency level as outlined by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Regardless of whether you possess limited or no prior knowledge of Vietnamese, this program is carefully structured to impart you with skills essential for meaningful communication in everyday real-life scenarios. By the end of this course, you'll not only have a grasp of basic Vietnamese language structures but also the confidence to engage effectively in various practical situations.

Desire to learn Asian languages, exploring unique cultures and traditions and to gain new perspectives and connections in today's globalized world.

By the end of this course, you will have built a solid linguistic foundation in Vietnamese, enabling you to navigate simple everyday situations with confidence. Additionally, you will have a basic understanding of Vietnamese culture, laying the groundwork for further cultural immersion as you continue your language learning journey. This course is the first step in your exploration of the Vietnamese language and culture.

Upon completion of this Vietnamese course, students will have achieved the following objectives:
- Interpretative Communication:
• Listening Skills: can develop the ability to comprehend slow, clear spoken Vietnamese in everyday contexts, such as greetings, introductions, and basic questions.
• Reading Skills: can read and understand simple written texts, including signs, labels, and basic sentences; can identify familiar words and phrases.

- Interpersonal Communication:
• Speaking Skills: can gain confidence in initiating and participating in basic conversations; can master essential phrases and expressions for greetings, self-introduction, and asking and answering basic questions.
• Writing Skills: can write short, simple sentences and messages, can practice writing personal information, such as your name, nationality, and basic descriptions.

- Presentational Communication:
• Speaking Presentations: can introduce yourself and provide basic information about your background and interests in a clear and concise manner.
• Writing Presentations: can develop the skill to compose brief written messages, such as postcards or simple notes, with a focus on clarity and accuracy.

- Intercultural Communication:
• Introduction to Culture: can gain an initial understanding of Vietnamese culture, customs, and everyday practices.
• Cultural Sensitivity: can engage respectfully with native speakers from Vietnam, appreciating cultural differences and employing polite language and etiquette.

- Required: Tiếng Việt Cơ sở dành cho người nước ngoài, Quyển 1, 2 [Vietnamese for non-Vietnamese speakers, Volume 1, 2], Nguyen Viet Huong. Institute of Language Development, Vietnam National University Hanoi.
- Additional authentic materials provided by the instructor.
The partial written exam: 60%
The final oral exam: 40%
Total: 100%

The evaluation criteria for this course are as follows: The partial written exam accounts for 60% of the total grade, while the final oral exam contributes 40%. Together, they make up the complete 100% assessment.

The written examination has a duration of 60 minutes, while the oral examination spans 15-20 minutes, adjusting based on the number of students undertaking the assessment.

Written Exam Structure (Semester 1's content-based): 5 parts
Part 1: Listening 20%
Part 2: Vocabulary 20%
Part 3: Grammar 20%
Part 4: Reading Comprehension 20%
Part 5: Writing 20%
Total: 100%

Oral Exam Structure (Semester 2's content-based): 3 parts
Part 1: Self-introduction 30%
Part 2: Role play on a given topic 40%
Part 3: Discussion on that topic 30%
Total: 100%
We have some exciting class activities that we highly recommend you participate in to make the most out of your learning experience:
- Audio and Written Journal (Highly Recommended): We encourage each one of you to maintain a weekly journal that includes both spoken and written entries. You can record an audio file and also jot down a short written entry.
Feel free to utilize the following website for your recordings:
This practice will not only enhance your speaking and writing skills but also serve as a wonderful way to track your language progress.
- In-Class Speaking (Highly Recommended): Every week during our class sessions, you will have the opportunity to engage in short conversations with your classmates. This interactive exercise will help you improve your conversational skills and boost your confidence in speaking the language.
- Presentation Project (Highly Recommended): We strongly encourage you to collaborate with your peers on a presentation project. Your task is to create a video where each group member introduces themselves and their fellow members. Don't hesitate to let your creativity shine! Feel free to use visual aids such as videos and pictures, or even incorporate physical demonstrations like role-plays or mini dramas to illustrate your points. This project not only hones your presentation skills but also allows you to explore the language in a dynamic and engaging way.

Remember, these activities are not compulsory, but we highly recommend them for an enriching and immersive language learning experience. Have fun, get creative, and enjoy the process of learning together!
written and oral
Definitive programme.
Last update of the programme: 03/12/2023