Director of the Vietnamese Language Program
Spring 2015 Office Hours: Friday 3-5
Binh N. Ngo is the Director of the Vietnamese Language Program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations. He received his undergraduate degrees in Russian linguistics and literature from Hanoi National University in 1973 and in German from Hanoi College of Foreign Languages in 1978. He earned his Ph. D. degree in Russian linguistics from the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow in 1982. He taught linguistics and Vietnamese language at Moscow Lomonosov University until he left for the USA to teach at the Southeast Asian Studies Summer Institute (SEASSI) in 1992. He has been teaching Vietnamese at Harvard since 1992. His research focuses on contrastive analysis of languages, language pedagogy, and development of textbooks for teaching Vietnamese to speakers of different languages. His publications include textbooks Учебник вьетнамского языка для первого курса (Vietnamese Textbook for First Year Students) (Moscow University Press, 1989); Elementary Vietnamese, (Tuttle , 1999; revised editions in 2003 and 2013); English for Vietnamese Speakers ( Simon & Schuster, 2002); Vietnamese for English Speakers, Full Course ( Simon & Schuster, 2003); Continuing Vietnamese (Tuttle, 2010). He has served on Harvard’s Foreign Language Advisory Group (FLAG), as well as vice-president of the Council of Teachers of Southeast Asian Languages (COTSEAL) and president of the Group of Universities for the Advancement of Vietnamese in America (GUAVA).