Department of Vietnamese
Course Descriptions


Introduction to Vietnamese Studies (1), (2)
This course, conducted in Korean, provides an overview of the Vietnamese situation including Vietna- mese politics, economy, society, and literature.

Readings in Elementary Vietnamese (1), (2)
Focuses on spoken Vietnamese with readings emphasizing the acquisition of the Vietnamese six tones, pronunciation, and daily conversation.

Elementary Vietnamese Language Lab (1), (2)
Develops listening skills by learning to distinguish between Southern and Northern dialects. Includes accurate dictation practice.

Elementary Vietnamese Conversation (1), (2)
Consists of pronunciation correction by a native- speaking Vietnamese professor and practice of everyday vocabulary.

Introduction to Vietnamese Linguistics (1), (2)
The aim of this course is to impart a systematic understanding of Vietnamese according to the basic concepts and theories of linguistic studies.

Readings in Intermediate Vietnamese (1), (2)
Consists of readings in Vietnamese on Vietnamese politics, economy, society, and culture to build a rich vocabulary base.

Intermediate Vietnamese Grammar & Composition (1), (2)
Using a textbook organized in the order of Vietnamese parts of speech, this course develops correct composition skills primarily through sentence structure analysis and sample sentence review.

Intermediate Vietnamese Language Lab(1),(2)
Designed to improve listening comprehension skills in Vietnamese, which has gained popularity since the reunification of Vietnam. Enables students to converse in Vietnamese as well as to learn the culture and regional situation of Vietnam.

Intermediate Vietnamese Conversation(1),(2)
Develops the ability to substitute vocabulary in given conversational models, with a native Vietnamese speaker providing pronunciation correction. Video recordings are used for direct comparison with live voice.

Readings in Advanced Vietnamese (1), (2)
Acquires Vietnamese vocabulary related to its culture, customs, and regional practices. The students develop competence as a regional expert through comparative study of Vietnamese and Korean national characters, cultural idiosyncrasies, artistic tastes, and geogra- phies.

Advanced Vietnamese Grammar & Composition (1), (2)
Designed for learning advanced-level composition and grammatical structure. Uses textbooks containing technical terminology from various linguistic fields.

Advanced Vietnamese Conversation (1), (2)
Studies advanced-level conversation and increases verbal command and listening comprehension of Vietnamese. Specific subjects from a variety of fields are selected and explained by a native-speaking professor, followed by a question and answer session.

Introduction to Vietnamese Literature
Consists of lectures on Vietnamese literary trends conducted in both Korean and Vietnamese. Takes a literary approach to understanding the Vietnamese oral literature (regarded as the root of all literature), the Chinese classics, the Chu Nom literature, and contemporary Vietnamese literature by comparing them against the literary works of the Chinese and Koreans.

History of Vietnam (1), (2)
The first semester deals with the history of Vietnam's southward expansion with an emphasis on ancient Vietnamese history; the second semester focuses on the periods before and after the French rule.

Current Vietnamese (1), (2)
Focuses on specialized terminology and text comprehension, using newspaper and magazine editorials and articles about the political situation surrounding Indochina.

Cambodian (1), (2)
Students learn basic grammatical rules of Cambodian in a systematic approach, understand exact pronunciation, and enhance basic reading comprehension skills.

Studies of Vietnamese Contemporary Literature
Provides an overview of trends in contemporary Vietnamese literature and acquaints students with literary expressions. Conducts comparative analysis of the changes in Vietnamese and Korean contemporary literature.

FLEX Vietnamese
Students solve actual FLEX (reading and listening) test questions to learn FLEX principles and prepare for the test to eventually raise their capabilities to listen to and read Vietnamese.

Practice in Vietnamese Conversation (1), (2)
Consists of repeated practice from convertsation to specialized topics with a Vietnamese professor.

Vietnamese Politics & Economics (1), (2)
Focuses on current political and economic trends of Vietnam.

High Advanced Vietnamese Conversation(1),(2)
Taught by native-speaking Vietnamese professor. The students practice to improve proficiency in Vietnamese conversation on a wide variety of topics, building on skills learned during the freshman, sophomore, and junior years.

Commercial Vietnamese (1), (2)
Acquaints students with trade and commercial terms and conducts business conversation practice.

Vietnamese Special Lecture by Native Speaker (1), (2)
Telecommunications satellite broadcasting is used to increase listening comprehension skills and offer students opportunities to be exposed to local affairs.

Comparative Studies between Korean & Vietnamese Literature
Offers students an opportunity to understand qualities unique to oriental literature using comparative literary methodology. Identifies differences in geographical texture, civilization, and culture through a comparison of corresponding Korean and Vietnamese literary works by period.


Vietnamese Modern Literary Works
Focuses on understanding the characteristics of the Vietnamese tonal language and literature through its modern literary works, which has the characteristics of both prose and verse. The course is especially designed to help the students acquire the knowledge required to become a Vietnamese regional expert by identifying its place in literary history and evaluating “Kim Van Kieu,” touted as a classical masterpiece in Vietnam.