East Asian Languages Program Placement Exam Information - Spring 2016

December 18, 2015

Please note: students do not need to register beforehand for the below exam times; students may show up to the exam time that best suits their schedule. If you are unable to make one of the scheduled times, please contact: Carolyn Choong, Language Program Coordinator, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, at

Vietnamese Courses

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 four-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 and advanced-high level are that students are able: