SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Vietnamese Beginners Course

Duration: 3 terms, 10 weeks per term, 20 hours blended learning. Each term courses are subject to quorum requirements.

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Mode of Attendance: Part-time

Fees: Course fees quoted are per term of 10 weeks.

Course Aim

This course provides a thorough introduction to Vietnamese. It covers typical themes of grammar vocabulary and cultural contexts of the language. You will develop an understanding of the main standard features of pronunciation, how to read and write and to build up basic knowledge about the Vietnamese language as well as basic awareness of the culture, and society where the language is spoken.


The course is taught in Vietnamese and English with coverage of the four key skills (speaking -the six tones-, listening, reading and writing), and a good balance between communicative activities, structure practice and grammar. The Vietnamese language system will be introduced gradually along with the various personal pronouns and initial/final particles that are a crucial part of Vietnamese culture. You will follow an established model of teaching through spoken and written activities, reviews, tests and games in a friendly and supportive environment. Interactive dialogue simulation, in pairs or groups. You are expected to attend regularly, participate in class and complete homework regularly to ensure learning progress. You will receive regular feedback from your tutor.

This will be achieved through 20 hours of blended learning: this is composed of 15 hours of online structured lessons with the teacher. This is supplemented by a minimum of 5 hours of guided independent learning supported by complementary material and regular feedback from the tutor. The course objective will be achieved within the 10-week course.

Online Course Requirements

Please ensure you have checked the Learner Support page for the Collaborate Session Preparation and Checklist, Required Equipment & Software.


The course will be based on the textbook: 123 Vietnamese Language Centre (2017), Tiếng Việt 123 (Vietnamese for beginners). Thế Giới Publishing.

Entry Requirements and Progression Route

For the first stage of Vietnamese Beginners (i.e. Beginners 1), no previous knowledge is required. To be able to join Beginners 2 or 3 you should have completed Beginners 1 and 2 respectively at SOAS Language Centre or have an equivalent knowledge of guided learning hours (20 hours per each sub-level). The progression route from Vietnamese Beginners 1 is to Vietnamese Beginners 2; from Beginners 2 to Beginners 3.

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Related Information

See more information on the Vietnamese language and tuition in Vietnamese offered at SOAS Language Centre on the Vietnamese Language Homepage.

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Vietnamese Beginners 1 

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Spell out words
  • Greet and introduce yourself and others
  • Use numbers (0-1 billion)
  • Ask and give personal information (name, age, where one comes from and nationalities)
  • Talk about where one lives
  • Talking about job
  • Tell the time
  • Talking about your family
  • Use expressions of time (days and months)
  • Do shopping
Vietnamese Beginners 2 

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Talk about hobbies and daily activities
  • Ask and give directions
  • Express an ability to do something
  • Order a meal in a Vietnamese restaurant
  • Discuss the weather
  • Book a hotel room
  • Talk about health and illness
Vietnamese Beginners 3

By the end of the course you should be able to:

  • Give a command
  • Ask and give directions
  • Find your way around
  • Identify means of transport
  • Talk about the weather
  • Leave a phone message
  • Talk about likes and dislikes
  • Give reasons why you like something
  • Talk about plans
  • Express an intention

The above is an indication of content that may be covered over the duration of the course but it could vary depending on the level and progress of students in the class.