VTN 201 (fall semester) and VTN 202 (spring semester)

Course Description

These courses are designed to introduce the students to Vietnamese language and culture and develop the students' speaking, listening, reading and writing competence.  These skills will be emphasized through dialogues, reading passages and authentic materials as well as listening comprehension and communicative exercises. Students will also learn and develop cultural awareness through information on Vietnamese culture. 

Both VTN 201 and VTN 202 are 5-credit courses:  class will meet 2 times/weekly on Tuesday an Thursday from noon to 1:15 pm and 3-5 hours independent learning outside class.

Course Objectives

By the end of VTN 201 and VTN 202, the students should be able to

  • be familiar and comfortable with Vietnamese terms of address and kinship terms 
  • buy tickets for transportation, rent a room or a house, eat out, shop, and run errands 
  • carry out simple transactions at a bank and post office 
  • talk about a variety of topics including pastimes, sports, mass media, educational system
  • conduct a job interview as well as to be interviewee
  • talk about common interest and cultural related issues 
  • have an overview of Vietnamese geography, history, arts, and belief systems
  • read reading passages, articles from newspapers and magazines, and folk tales 
  • write notes, messages, and letters

Course Materials

Chúng ta nói ...Conversational Vietnamese - An Intermediate Text by Lê Phạm Thúy-Kim and Nguyễn Kim Oanh 

Workbook Manual to accomany Chúng ta nói by Lê Phạm Thúy-Kim

Supplementary materials as assigned and provided by the instructor

Downloadable audio files for listening activities of Workbook Manual and online review activities

Course Requirements

    * Class attendance, participation and full attention
    * Access to high speed internet to read online assignments, listen to audio clips, and watch video clips
    * Check Blackboard courseware in my.asu and read email messages at least 3 times weekly
    * Ability to create documents in Vietnamese using Unicode fonts
    * Reading assigned readings, preparation for discussion both in class and online, and writing analysis of the text
    * Quizzes and tests
    * All other assignments as assigned

Hybrid Course Requirements

Is online/hybrid learning for you? Please take time to visit the following web site to find out what kinds of requirements for students enrolled in online/hybrid learning.


Access to ASU Blackboard

Enrolled students must go to Blackboard to access detailed syllabus, tentative course schedule, weekly schedules (posted weekly) and other course documents and engage in online discussion via Discussion Board in Blackboard.
Online Dictionalries and Tutorial on typing VN Unicode fonts

Online dictionary
Typing Vietnamese on Window
Typing Vietnamese on Mac
Typing Vietnamese on IPhone & IPad
Typing Vietnamese with onine keyboard

    Lê Phạm Thúy-Kim
    School of International Letters and Cultures
    P.O. Box 870202
    Tempe, Arizona 85287-0202

    Email: kim dot le at asu dot edu

    Office: Room 413 C -  Durham Language & Literature Bldg.
    TL:  480 965-3794     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
    Fax: 480 965 - 0135

Vietnamese Language Program         Group of Universities for the Advancement of VN in America                 Learning Vietnamese Online

Last updadted June 2015