Elementary Vietnamese (Ba / Bb) provides students with a basic ability to understand, speak, read and write Vietnamese. This course features a comprehensive and systematic survey of the fundamentals of Vietnamese phonetics, spelling rules, grammar, usage of vocabulary and gives students a basic conversational ability through an interactive and communication-oriented approach.
The Harvard Vietnamese language curriculum is designed in a three-year sequence of courses to provide students with the four practical language skills: speaking, reading, writing, and listening. Students at the beginning level are provided with a solid foundation in pronunciation, grammar, usage of vocabulary, and proficiency in the four skills. The intermediate course aims to enhance students' skills at a higher level. The ultimate goals of the advanced level are that students are able: