Vietnamese lessons offered at Ivy Leagues Brown and Princeton for the very first time

Two Ivy League universities are offering beginner and intermediate Vietnamese courses for the first time in their history.

About the courses: Brown University’s beginner and intermediate level Vietnamese language courses are taught by Trang Tran, a guest lecturer who joined the university’s faculty this fall. Through its partnership with Brown, Princeton University also offers the courses to its students.

  • “The students who come to my class really want to come to my class,” Tran said. The Brown Daily Herald.

  • Previously, Tran taught English in Vietnam before receiving a Fulbright scholarship to come to the United States. textbook for vietnamese.

  • Brown students aren’t required to take a language course for credit, so Tran would be impressed with how hard her students worked in class.

  • There are nine students enrolled in the beginner level class and seven students enrolled in the intermediate level class.

  • Most of the students in the classes are native Vietnamese speakers and want to learn more about their culture and language.

  • According The Daily Princetoniantwo Princeton students enrolled in Brown’s Intermediate Course as part of the partnership between the two schools.

  • Princeton students attend class via Zoom in a classroom at East Pyne Hall.

Story: Students have requested Vietnamese studies courses at Brown University for years.

  • The Southeast Asian Student Initiative wrote a letter to the university’s Center for Language Studies (CLS) requesting the classes in April 2019.

  • The letter was signed by students and faculty and addressed to Jane Sokolosky, the director of CLS.

  • The process of finding professors to teach the classes has been stalled until 2020 due to COVID and other unlisted reasons.

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