Sắp đến Tết rồi! – Tet is coming

Tết is coming!


Tết or VIETNAMESE NEW YEAR marks the biggest and most significant festival in Vietnamese culture. It is an occasion for the Vietnamese people to show their respect to their parents, ancestors as well as welcoming the New Year with the entire family members. According to the Lunar Calendar, 2018 New Year’s Day falls on Friday, February 16th. This year is the year of the Dog.

At UNIS, the Elementary students will have Tết assemblies on Wednesday, February 14th in the theatre. The assemblies are hosted by the grade 1, 3 and 5 students attending Vietnamese classes.

There are 2 performances scheduled as bellows:

Performance 1 for Grade 2,3,4,5: From 8.25 – 9.05 am

Performance 2 for Grade 1,  ECC and parents: From 9.10am – 9.50 am

Parents are kindly invited to the second assembly to join us for this special event. All the students are encouraged to wear “Áo dài” on the day.


During this week, all students from ECC up to grade 5 in Vietnamese class have been so busy making Banh Chung – Vietnamese sticky rice for Tet.  It is a wonderful learning experience for our UNIS students to explore the tradition of the host country. Bánh chưng is a traditional Vietnamese sticky rice cake which is made from sticky rice, green beans, pork and dong leaves. Its origin came from the story of Lang Liêu, a prince of Hùng King, who became the next King because of his thoughtful creation of bánh chưng and bánh dày, which symbolized the Earth and the Sky. It is considered as an essential food that every Vietnamese family must have on their altar at Tet time. The making and eating of Bánh Chưng during this time is a well-preserved tradition of Vietnamese people.







Right after Tet, on February 26th, all the grade students from grade 1 -5  in Vietnamese and Chinese

classes are going to take part in calligraphy writing activity during their World Language Time.

It’s in front of the canteen and parents are all welcome to attend.

Healthy choice – Lựa chọn tốt cho sức khỏe

“Lựa chọn tốt cho sức khỏe – Healthy choices” is the second unit we are currently exploring in Vietnamese class. Students are inquiring about how “The choices people make affect their health and well-being”. This unit was aimed for the students to be able to name some healthy food and fruits they should eat and name different activities they should do for their well- being. Engaging in different fun activities in the Vietnamese class such as playing games, trying some fruits, doing role-plays, interviewing,…etc , the students can ask and answer questions referring to the unit. They also can give advice to people in order to be healthy. At the end of the unit, students will come up with an action plan to keep themselves healthy.


Here are some links that you can use to practise Vietnamese with your child.

Rau – Vegetable

Quả – Fruits

Hoạt động – Activities

Món ăn – food

Bài một – Chúng ta là ai.

“Who we are” is the first unit we are currently exploring in Vietnamese class. Students are inquiring into how communicating in another language help us to be connected with a wider community. Through different activities in the class, they have learned how to use and respond to greetings appropriately. The students can introduce and describe themselves and others using more descriptive words. They also start to pay attention to the tone marks in order to have better pronunciation. At the end of the unit, students will have a purposeful conversation with some of the Vietnamese native speakers.

Here are some links that you can use to practise Vietnamese with your child.

Make questions

Body parts

Describing words

Tiếng Việt vui.

Xin chào!

I’m Dung Tran and I’m very excited to have an opportunity to work with your child this academic year.

We have Vietnamese classes on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

And here are the units that we are going to explore throughout the year:

  • Chúng ta là ai – Who we are
  • Lựa chọn tốt cho sức khỏe – Healthy choices
  • Lễ hội – Celebrations
  • Đi du lịch – Travelling

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at tkdung@unishanoi.org

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Welcome to World Languages Blog

Dear Parents,
Welcome to our World Languages learning community! We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our team and share about how to use this blog to enhance our partnership to support students’ learning.

In our team, we have 3 Vietnamese teachers, 3 French teachers, 1 Chinese Mandarin teacher and 1 Teaching Assistant. All languages teachers are native speakers. More information of individual teacher’s bio can be found in the tab of “About Us” on this blog.

During the first two weeks of school, all of our World Languages classes are focused on Learning to Learn. Students are getting to know their teachers and their new classmates. In order to achieve the school goal towards Excellent Learning, in our classes, we established the class essential agreements and commitments to the actions of being a responsible learner of their own and for others. In the meantime, some basic classroom language is introduced so that students will be able to follow the directions in the target languages in everyday situation.

On the World Languages Blog this year, you will find the curriculum information, language learning information from respective teacher, and it also provides you the opportunity to talk with the children about what we are learning, what we have learned, and what we will learn throughout the year.

We hope you will find this site a useful communication channel between our team and you as parents.