This course offers three weeks of online study and three weeks abroad. The online course is open to all applicants. The in-person J-term is open to college undergraduates who have completed the online term or who provide proof of completion (or the equivalent) of at least one semester of language study.
You will study Vietnamese online for three weeks in July 2020, followed by an optional three weeks in Vietnam in January 2021. Both the online and January terms are taught by experienced Vietnamese language teachers who will guide, encourage, and facilitate learning through online intensive language practice and field-based settings. SIT will conduct placement tests to identify your language level. For beginning students, the online course focuses on pronunciation, practical vocabulary, and conversational language patterns. Aside from online group sessions, language instructors will work with you individually to develop speaking and listening skills. This online course will prepare students to be both Vietnamese language proficient and culturally ready for an optional three-week January term in Vietnam.
The three-week January term will integrate grammar, conversation, vocabulary development, and socio-cultural topics complemented by hands-on, practical exercises designed to improve communication competence. You will join in fun, active, participatory language learning. Methods used to access student performance will include class participation; performance on assignments and tests; oral conversation; effort to use Vietnamese with your host families and peers; quizzes; and practical exercises using field-base education techniques.
- Develop practical language skills in a supportive learning environment.
- Build confidence during individualized tutorials.
- Put language skills to use while living with a Vietnamese family. (J-Term)
- Use language skills during field excursions in Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta. (J-Term)
In order for a student's language pledge to be effective, students are recommended to complete SIT's summer online component first, or have the equivalent of one semester of language study when starting the J-term program.