Vietnamese class gains popularity despite pandemic

Teaching the Vietnamese language to Vietnamese children overseas has received the ongoing attention of the Party, State, and the Vietnamese people at home and abroad. With COVID-19 continuing to spread, many feared teaching activities may be interrupted. But a Vietnamese class in Malaysia has proven the opposite.

Starting from an idea of some members of the Vietnamese Women’s Association in Malaysia, a Vietnamese class for Vietnamese children in the country has now been conducted for five years.

Students attend the class once a week and study from basic to advanced levels so they can speak and write their mother tongue fluently.

Prior to moving to Malaysia, Nguyen Thi Lien graduated with a Pedagogical Literature Major. She therefore knows how to inspire her students’ love for learning Vietnamese.

The class receives support from the Vietnamese Embassy in Malaysia, the Vietnamese Women’s Association in the country, and expat Vietnamese parents. Lessons have continued to be taught online during the pandemic.

Teaching Vietnamese is not only about the language but also about the culture. Once the children understand their roots and feel a sense of pride, they are expected to be ambassadors representing Vietnam overseas.

With ongoing efforts by domestic organisations and the Vietnamese community in Malaysia, the quality of the classes has improved each day, contributing to preserving the language and creating a bond between Vietnamese people overseas and their roots./.