A Glimpse of Vietnam

Online Viewing and Listening Activities for Learners of Vietnamese


The video clips are in QuickTime format. If you don't have the correct software, your computer may prompt you to download it in order to view the video clip or click on QuicTime link above. You can view the clip or save it to view offline by right-clicking on the link and select "Save target as..."

This site includes three video clips for beginning to intermediate levels and several exercises for the three stages of listening. Each video clip is accompanied by activities relating to the three phrases of listening: pre-listening, listening, and post-listening activities. The listening phrase is comprised of global-listening (listen for the main idea or the gist), specific-listening (listen for detailed information) activities, and post-listening (integrated skills) activities.

There are several ways to make the most of the exercises offered on this site:

1) Listen and watch first:
This is the most challenging technique. If you’d like to get an idea how good your listening skills are and/or if you feel comfortable with your listening skills, follow the viewing and listening activities as instructed to see how much you understand by doing the related exercises. Remember you do not have to understand everything you hear in order to have general comprehension of the scenario and complete the exercises. Get the keywords, then guess what have been said based on context and visual cues.

2) Read first:
For those who don’t feel up to the challenge of viewing and listening to the video clips first, you might choose to do just the opposite: read or skim the transcript first to get an idea of what the video clip is about, then view the video clip later to see how much you are able to pick up and understand.

3) Listen and read:
This third option is best for learners with very weak listening skills. Open up the transcript in a new window or print out the transcript. Then start the video clip so that you can follow the script as you watch and listen. Doing this will help you to make the connection between what you hear and what it means. It is like watching a video with subtitles in Vietnamese.

Whatever technique you choose to approach and use the video clips on this site, remember our goal is to improve your listening comprehension. You can keep viewing and listening and checking the transcript as many times as it takes until you can understand the sound without looking at the transcript. If you can do these kinds of listening exercises regularly, we guarantee that your listening comprehension will improve. Keep checking back because in the near future, we will upload more video clips and listening activities on this site.

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