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.

Tôi là ai – Who am I

Bài hai :                           Tôi là ai – Who am I

“Tôi là ai – Who am I” is the second unit that the students are currently studying in Vietnamese class. In this unit, the students are learning:

  • some simple Vietnamese greetings: Xin chào, Tạm biệt, Cảm ơn, Xin lỗi
  • how to introduce themselves simply.
  • to count the numbers: 1-5
  • to name some colour: màu đỏ/ màu vàng/ màu xanh da trời.

A lot of hands-on activities such as playing games, role-play activities …help students to practise the learnt language items while having fun learning a language.

Here is some vocabulary that you can practise with your child at home.

Bài một – Tết Trung Thu

“Tết Trung Thu- Moon Festival” is the first unit that the students are currently exploring in Vietnamese class. The students are engaged in different activities such as listening to the story of Cuội, making Mooncakes, and making lanterns. Through these activities, the students are being exposed to Vietnamese culture and festivals.

Tet Trung Thu – Moon Festival is coming. At UNIS, we celebrate Moon Festival on September, 28th. All the students are encouraged to wear “Áo dài” on that day. The students will have an opportunity to be immersed in Vietnamese culture through watching an exciting Moon Festival assembly, eating the delicious treat and making traditional Moon festival toys.

Here is some vocabulary that you can practise with your child at home.

Tiếng Việt vui.

Xin chào!

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

Every week, we have one 40 – minute lesson of Vietnamese cultural studies on Tuesday as the following schedule:

K1A Period 2
K1B Period 4
K1C Period 5

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

  • Tết Trung Thu –  Moon Festival
  • Tôi là ai – Who am I
  • Con vật của tôi – My pets
  • Tết – Vietnamese New Year
  • Hoa quả ngon – Healthy fruits

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

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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.