Vietnamese Course Descriptions

The following courses are offered regularly as a part of our Vietnamese language program and Vietnamese minor. For all VIET catalog listings and current scheduling information please check the PS Mobile Course Catalog.

Core Vietnamese Language Courses

This 4 credit course, offered every fall semester, serves as an introduction to Vietnamese.  By the end of the semester, students will be able to:
     -Greet, ask and tell names formally 
     -Talk about daily activities
     -Ask and state one’s occupation and place of study/work
     -Count and use numbers
     -Tell and ask days of the week, months, years.
     -Read and write a short paragraph
This 4 credit course, offered every spring semester, continues on from the introductory course. By the end of the semester, students will be able to:
     -Tell other students about their families and relatives.
     -Talk about hobbies and pastimes.
     -Describe people’s physical appearance.
     -Talk about past, present and future events.
     -Make comparisons 
     -Ask, tell and bargain the price.
     -Write a short essay or simple letter.
This 4 credit course, offered every fall semester, builds on the skills learned in Vietnamese 1 & 2. By the end of the semester, students will be able to:
     -Read and research on website.
     -Write a composition.
     -Plan a grocery list.
     -Discuss choice of food to order
     -Make phone calls.
     -Talk about means of transportation and exhorting.
     -Ask  and give directions 

This 3 credit course, offered every spring, continues to build on knowledged learned in the introductory courses of Vietnamese. By the end of the semester, students will be able to:
     -Understand casual conversation 
     -Read books- write - discuss on the a Vietnamese history, ways of life, culture. 
     -Make and answer phone calls.
     -Discuss travel plans
     -Rent a room or check in or out at the hotel
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Elective Courses for the Vietnamese Minor

The topic and content of this special topics course are variable.
Through this class, students will read literature about the impact language has on interactions between different cultures. There is discussion of the differences in communication within and between various communities.
While giving an overview of the types of languages present in each area of the world, this course explores the composition and trends within and between language families. The course incorporates study of language structure differences as well as sociolinguistic variations.
This is an introductory survey course in the political and cultural history of Modern Southeast Asia from 1815 through 1978 or roughly from the growth of European colonialism within the region through the end of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. It will emphasize the expansion of European influence in the political and economic spheres, the growth of nationalism, and the process of decolonization in Southeast Asia. It will also focus on the new political and cultural forces that transformed the region over the course of the 19th and 20th centuries.
This course will offer an introduction to the contemporary politics of the nations of Southeast Asia; Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Burma, Vietnam, Laos and Kampuchea. An overview of colonial rule, the rise of nationalism and the struggle for independence will set the background for the study of the current political scene.