This is the first language class for the Vietnamese community in Vientiane, with the curriculum designed by and being taught at the Nguyen Du Vietnamese-Lao Bilingual School.
It is hosted by Bang Long Pagoda in partnership with the Embassy of Vietnam, the Vietnamese community association in Vientiane, the Nguyen Du Vietnamese-Lao Bilingual School, and Vietnamese students in Laos.
The first group of 120 students includes those Vietnamese permanently residing in Laos and those temporarily working in the country’s capital, spanning a variety of ages. Most of them can speak Lao fluently but cannot read nor write in the language. This has caused them many difficulties in their daily life.
Some others are Laos-born Vietnamese that are interested in learning their mother tongue as they may be able to speak Vietnamese but are not able to read nor write the language.
Lao people wishing to study Vietnamese are also welcome to the course.
Each course is scheduled to have one Vietnamese and three Lao language classes, which will take place in the evenings for a period of three months. These classes will be taught by teachers from the Nguyen Du Vietnamese-Lao Bilingual School and Vietnamese students who have been studying at the National University of Laos.