Centre for Continuing Education

Vietnamese Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

Vietnamese. Learn Vietnamese with us.

If you want to learn to speak Vietnamese, our Vietnamese classes are ideal for adult learners to enjoy a practical and social experience while you learn Vietnamese language and culture. Learn Vietnamese the smart way with Vietnamese courses at CCE, the University of Sydney.

No prior knowledge required. Participants will have the chance to communicate in the official language of one of Southeast Asia’s oldest civilisations. Great emphasis is given to pronunciation and fluency, which will enhance learners' confidence when conversing in this complex tonal language.


  • Sound and writing systems
  • Greetings, introducing oneself and others
  • Ask and respond to questions about names and countries
  • Numbers, time (time of the day, days of the week, months)
  • Daily activities


Interactive workshops where active participation is encouraged.

Prescribed text

Vietnamese for Beginners 1 Student Book & CDs (2) by Giuong Phan Van & K (Victoria Univ Technology) ISBN 8936042001519

Based on Units 1 – 8 of the above text. The text is used for activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice.

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Please Note

Selected Language and Culture courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October. Try our Language Proficiency Calculator to work out which language level is right for you.

What others say.

  • We had an excellent tutor and we benefited from her understanding of the common problems and shortcomings of continuing students of Vietnamese as well as a strong linguistic background. I will be enrolling in the level 2 course on the strength of this teaching.

  • Highly enjoyable and fulfilling course. Tutor was extremely knowledgeable, helpful and approachable.