The program is jointly organized by the Vietnamese Association in the U.K. (VAUK), the Association for Liaison with Overseas Vietnamese (ALOV) and ILIS, aiming to support the Vietnamese community in the U.K. in preserving and developing Vietnamese language and culture.

Assoc. Prof., Dr. Nguyen Lan Trung, Chairman of the Vietnam Linguistics Association, shares his experience in teaching and learning Vietnamese at the opening ceremony.

The first phase of the program lasts 15 months with 16 classes, dividing into three levels with the attendance of 228 students. Classes are held virtually every Sunday and students are awarded a certificate from ILIS at the end of the course.

The program also includes annual summer camps to give young generations of Vietnamese expatriates Vietnamese language and cultural experiences in the homeland.

Dao Thi Hong, First Secretary in charge of education at the Vietnamese Embassy in the U.K., lauded the program, saying it is a meaningful activity which opens an effective channel to preserve and develop the Vietnamese language and culture abroad. It also helps generations of Vietnamese people born and raised in the U.K. maintain their mother tongue and create connections between generations in Vietnamese families in the European country, she said.

Nguyen Minh Tuyen, General Secretary of VAUK and head of the program's organizing board, expressed her delight as the program received an enthusiastic response from overseas Vietnamese. Nearly 230 students have registered to take part in the program within five days of the announcement, she added.

Tuyen emphasized that the Vietnamese language program is one of the focuses of VAUK's activities and will be maintained in the long term.

Source: VNA