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Viet Kieu seek to learn Vietnamese

Update: October, 23/2013 - 09:12
The Vietnamese media here and abroad has been asked to help teach the mother tongue to overseas Vietnamese.— Photo laodong

HA NOI (VNS) — The Vietnamese media here and abroad has been asked to help teach the mother tongue to overseas Vietnamese.

This was revealed at a meeting yesterday in Ha Noi.

The meeting, organised by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was attended by more than 20 Viet Kieu (Overseas Vietnamese) reporters and dozens of local media people.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Thanh Son said he hoped that raising the standard of the language would help overseas Vietnamese maintain their national identity.

Already, Viet Nam Television's VTV4 and Viet Nam Television Corporation's VTC10 and the website vietkieu.vietnamplus.vn serve the interests of Vietnamese around the world.

However, participants said there was now as much demand for learning Vietnamese as there was for updating information about the homeland.

Nguyen Thi Hoang Yen, deputy head of the Viet Nam Institute of Educational Sciences, said that Vietnamese lessons had been in demand for a long time.

Apart from the home, Vietnamese was only taught at official training courses in Australia, Canada, France and the United States so far, Yen added.

In countries where Vietnamese was taught in private classes, a lack of teachers and a shortage of standard textbooks was common.

Nguyen Thanh Hang, a representative of the Vietnamese People's Association in France, said that many French people also wanted to learn Vietnamese.

Hundreds private classes were run, however, there were no standard teaching methods or textbooks, she said.

"It is necessary to issue a standard set of bilingual textbooks to support teaching the mother tongue to overseas Vietnamese," Hang said.

In a related move, a one-day training course was provided yesterday for a group of overseas Vietnamese teachers to improve their skills in teaching the language.

It is estimated that more than four million Vietnamese now live overseas. — VNS

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