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Department of the Languages and Cultures of South East Asia

Vietnamese Language 2 (Postgraduate)

Course Code:
15PSEC037
Unit value:
1
Taught in:
Full Year

Prerequisites

Vietnamese language to required entry level

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

At the end of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate…

  • knowledge and understanding of intermediate Vietnamese grammar
  • knowledge and understanding of a wide range of Vietnamese vocabulary
  • knowledge and understanding of the appropriateness of a wide range of Vietnamese structures and expressions in a given context
  • the ability to understand passages in written Vietnamese of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  • the ability to produce passages in written Vietnamese of medium length on everyday and some specialised topics
  • the ability to understand spoken Vietnamese and to engage in spoken discourse of medium complexity on everyday and some specialised topics
  • knowledge and understanding of the role of language in general, and Vietnamese in particular, in language-based scholarship and research (specific learning outcome for PG students)

Workload

This course will be taught over 22 weeks with 4 hours classroom contact per week in language classes. An additional 6 hours will be spent in lectures and a further 6 hours will be spent in seminars/tutorials over the 22 week period.

Scope and syllabus

The course provides teaching and learning of intermediate level Vietnamese language. The course covers complex points of word and sentence structure as well as textual relations in Vietnamese writing and discourse. Communicative practice and structural knowledge is established through reading and discussing a variety of Vietnamese texts dealing with different topics and of different length and complexity.

The course provides students with intermediate knowledge of Vietnamese and practice of using Vietnamese in a variety of everyday and more specialised situations, including the understanding and expression of opinions and different points of view. It allows students to interact with Vietnamese speakers in Vietnamese and to use original Vietnamese language sources within the level covered in the course. This provides students with a basis to approach research topics relating to Vietnamese language and the histories, societies and cultures associated with Vietnamese.

A series of special PG lectures with associated seminars structured around the six themes Structure, Texts, Identity, Society, Translation and Transformation (provided for PG students studying different languages) introduces students to general questions of the role of language in language-based scholarship and research and provides them with the critical and methodological skills to relate their language acquisition to the thematic aspects of the studies.

Method of assessment

One three-hour written examination taken in May/June (50%); one 3,000 word essay to be submitted on Friday, week 1, term 3 (30%); one oral examination of 15 minutes taken in May/June (15%); regular coursework (5%).

Suggested reading

  • Healy, D., Intermediate Vietnamese Course Materials, London, SOAS
  • additional materials which will be made available throughout the course.