Vietnamese Language Program
Welcome to the Vietnamese Language Program! Currently Vietnamese is spoken by over eighty million people in Vietnam and another three million living abroad in over one hundred countries. It is the 14th-most widely spoken language in the world and the 6th-most widely spoken in the U.S. The EALAC Department is committed to advancing the study of Vietnam’s rich and varied culture—its literature, music, arts, history, and poetry. A cornerstone of that effort is the comprehensive study and instruction of the Vietnamese language itself, and the department expects to significantly expand its offerings in the years ahead.
At present, the Vietnamese Language Program offers two year-long courses: Elementary and Intermediate Vietnamese. These courses rotate on a two-year cycle, with Elementary Vietnamese offered in even academic years (starting in the fall of 2018, 2020, etc.) and Intermediate Vietnamese offered in odd academic years (starting in the fall of 2019, 2021, etc.). All classes help students develop an active command of the language across four primary skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing—within a cultural context.