Vietnamese Course Descriptions

Term:  

Winter Quarter

Dept Course No and Title Instructor
VIETMSE (W18)1B  FUNDAMENTALSCLAXTON, C.
This course is the second section in a series of three for first-year Vietnamese. Designed for beginners, the course focuses on the introduction of the Vietnamese phonological system with the main focus features such as the vowel system, the consonant system and the tonal system of the language. The Vietnamese alphabet and spelling techniques are also introduced. Other concentrations are simple sentence patterns used in everyday situations, basic vocabularies, the Vietnamese system of personal pronouns, and word order in Vietnamese. Initial introduction to Vietnamese culture is also integrated through the lessons. Five chapters from textbook "Elementary Vietnamese" will be covered in the course.
VIETMSE (W18)2B  INTERMEDIATECLAXTON, C.
This course is the second section in a three-part series of second-year Vietnamese. The course will focus on the expansion of vocabulary and grammar structures in the language. Contrast and comparisons between the Northern dialects and Southern dialects in terms of vocabulary, as well as more idiomatic use of the language are emphasized. The course also aims to improve students' spelling skills in Vietnamese. Topics for conversation are everyday life situations and issues in Vietnam as well as in the Vietnamese communities in the United States. The course will cover five chapters from the textbook "Contemporary Vietnamese". Prerequisite for 2A: Vietnamese 1C with grade of C or better, placement into 2A or equivalent.
VIETMSE (W18)10A  LANG MENTOR PROGRAMCLAXTON, C.
The HLLP Vietnamese Peer-to-Peer Language Mentor Program is designed both as a supplement to more formal language learning within the classroom and as a means for students not enrolled in language classes to maintain their language skills. Each language mentor will be paired with one to three mentees. Mentor and mentee(s) will meet for at least one hour each week and will engage in various activities conducted in Vietnamese. These activities may include (but are not limited to) conversations in the target language; watching a film, television show, or news program in the target language; cooking a meal or snack that is typical of Vietnamese culture; attending an appropriate cultural event, museum exhibition, or performance; producing a creative work (including dance) that is appropriate to Vietnamese culture; listening to Vietnamese music; going to an ethnic grocery store or restaurant, etc. All conversations revolving around these activities should be in Vietnamese to the greatest degree possible. Weekly journal entries. One P/NP unit. Application required (see http://www.humanities.uci.edu/hllp/). Mentors are expected to have High-Intermediate to Advanced-level language skills (particularly oral language skills) in Vietnamese. Mentors will enroll in Vietnamese 10A after acceptance into program.
VIETMSE (W18)10B  LANG MENTOR PROGRAMCLAXTON, C.
The HLLP Vietnamese Peer-to-Peer Language Mentor Program is designed both as a supplement to more formal language learning within the classroom and as a means for students not enrolled in language classes to maintain their language skills. Each language mentor will be paired with one to three mentees. Mentor and mentee(s) will meet for at least one hour each week and will engage in various activities conducted in Vietnamese. These activities may include (but are not limited to) conversations in the target language; watching a film, television show, or news program in the target language; cooking a meal or snack that is typical of Vietnamese culture; attending an appropriate cultural event, museum exhibition, or performance; producing a creative work (including dance) that is appropriate to Vietnamese culture; listening to Vietnamese music; going to an ethnic grocery store or restaurant, etc. All conversations revolving around these activities should be in Vietnamese to the greatest degree possible. Weekly journal entries. One P/NP unit. Application required (see http://www.humanities.uci.edu/hllp/). Mentees will enroll in Vietnamese 10B after acceptance into program. It is expected that the language skills of mentees will be less advanced than those of the mentor.