All of the below events are open free of charge to the public. We would like you to plan carefully before registering with us so that we have enough seats for participants. If you register for our events but change your plan, kindly notify us by email. If you would like to be an American Center member, please register.
***REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL EVENTS EXCEPT THOSE NOTED OTHERWISE. Register here. You can also check out our Facebook page to see event schedule and click “Join” to register with us.***
All events take place at 1st Floor of the Rose Garden Tower at 170 Ngoc Khanh Street, Hanoi, except those noted otherwise. Remember to bring your ID with you. Members of the media are welcome to attend public events at the American Center. However, if you intend to being in still or video cameras, please contact the Media Team at least 24 hours in advance so we can determine whether the speaker is comfortable and, if so, request security access for your equipment. Please note that not all speakers will want to be filmed and interviewed. Thanks for your understanding and cooperation.
Please Note: In the American Center (AC), we usually record, film and photograph our programs and activities to promote the AC and the work the U.S. Embassy does in Vietnam. We regularly use and post these images on our social media platforms. When participating in American Center programs, you provide your tacit consent for your image to be used in this way. If you prefer that your image not be used for non-commercial publicity reasons, please provide your request in writing to a staff member at the Help Desk. Thank you
|May – July 2017||
Office English Course
Register for placement test here by 5:00 p.m., May 10, 2017
|American Center Hanoi and International School, Hanoi University|
|May 3, 3:00 – 4:30||Panel: Air Quality||American and Vietnamese Air Quality Specialists|
|May 4, 10:00 – 11:30||English for Media Literacy, Facilitated Discussion #2, Register (required) here||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|May 4, 11:30 – 1:00||Pronunciation Workshop, Session 7||Melissa Judy, ESL Educator|
|May 4, 2:00 – 3:30||Maximize Your Potential for Success, Session 4||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|May 5, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|May 5, 11:00 – 12:00||Family Matters Television Hour||Curtis Johnson, Guest Speaker|
|May 5, 3:00 – 4:30||Film Screening: Air: The Search for One Clean Breath & Other Short Air Quality films||Environment, Science, Technology & Health Unit, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|May 5, 5:00 – 6:30||Jazz Today||Joshua Lebofsky|
|May 9, 11:00 – 12:00||AC Student News||American Center Interns|
|May 10, 11:30 – 1:00||All about U.S. Dollars. Register (required) here||Michael Lambert, Director of Banknotes, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System|
|May 10, 3:00 – 4:30||Debate Club: “Should the Press be Regulated by the Government?”||American Center Interns|
|May 11, 10:00 – 11:30||English for Media Literacy, Facilitated Discussion #3, Register (required) here||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|May 11, 11:30 – 1:00||Pronunciation Workshop, Session 8||Melissa Judy, ESL Educator|
|May 11, 5:30 – 6:30||Marketing Fundamentals: Who Is Your Customer , Facilitated Discussion #1, Register (required) here||Nikki Nguyen|
|May 12, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|May 12, 11:00 – 12:00||Family Matters Television Hour||Curtis Johnson, Guest Speaker|
|May 17, 5:00 – 6:30||American English Club||AC Interns|
|May 18, 11:30 – 1:00||Pronunciation Workshop, Session 9||Melissa Judy, ESL Educator|
|May 19, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|May 19, 11:00 – 12:00||Family Matters Television Hour||Curtis Johnson, Guest Speaker|
|May 19, 11:00 – 12:30||English for Media Literacy, Facilitated Discussion #4, Register (required) here||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|May 19, 2:00 – 3:30||Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change!, Facilitated Discussion #1, Register (required) here||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|May 22, 1:00 – 2:30||Pronunciation Workshop, Session 10||Melissa Judy, ESL Educator|
|May 22, 2:30 – 3:30||Fact-Checking Fake News: What is Media Literacy and Why Does It Matter?||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|May 23, 11:00 – 12:00||AC Student News||American Center Interns|
|May 23, 3:00 – 4:30||Interpretation Tips||Nguyễn Đăng Khuê, Guest Speaker, Hanoi University|
|May 24, 4:00 – 6:00||American Movie Musicals – A Film Genre to Discover: West Side Story||Molly Stephenson, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|May 25, 10:00 – 11:30||English for Media Literacy, Facilitated Discussion #5, Register (required) here||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|May 25, 11:30 – 1:00||Pronunciation Workshop, Session 11||Melissa Judy, ESL Educator|
|May 25, 2:00 – 3:30||Women in Leadership: Inspiring Positive Change!, Facilitated Discussion #2, Register (required) here||Amy Baum, ESL Educator|
|May 25, 5:30 – 6:30||Marketing Fundamentals: Who Is Your Customer , Facilitated Discussion #2, Register (required) here||Nikki Nguyen|
|May 26, 10:00 – 11:00||Conversation Hour||David McAuley, U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|May 26, 11:00 – 12:00||Family Matters Television Hour||Curtis Johnson, Guest Speaker|
|May 26, 4:30 – 5:00||Certificate Ceremony of 3 MOOC Courses||American Center|
|May 30, 3:30 – 7:00||
U.S. Ambassador’s Entrepreneurship Challenge: Northern Regional Competition
|U.S. Embassy Hanoi|
|May 31, 5:00 – 6:30||American English Club||AC Interns|
|May 31, 5:00 – 6:30||Pronunciation Workshop, Session 1||Helen Huntley, ESL Specialist|
Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
David McAuley or Diana Johnson, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
Call it a conversation, or any one of this word’s synonyms – chat, colloquy, converse, dialog, discussion, etc. – this is an hour of informal talk and your opportunity to improve your English speaking and listening skills. An American host of the hour will introduce a topic and guide you through discussion around it. Come to chat and learn. Bring your friends and make even more friends!
American English Club
American Center Interns
Come join our American English Club, starting from 5:00 PM. This fun upcoming program will feature performances of some well-known and beloved songs. After the musical performances, the audience will join the host to learn how to sing one of these memorable tunes as a warm-up activity. Then, the club will continue with its interesting activities that will give you the opportunities to improve your English speaking skills, enhance your vocabulary, and have a lot of fun discussing and presenting on social media issues (May 17) and space-related issues (May 31).
American Center Interns
The goal of the American Center’s Debate Club is to create friendly environment where anyone can express and freely debate their ideas on interesting current topics. So if you like to analyze facts, communicates openly, or just interested in debate please make your way to the AC to join our club.
AC Student News
American Center Interns
Adapted from the CNN Student News, this program encouraged participants to reflect on and discuss international issues, while using opportunity to sharpen English language skills, especially listening and speaking.
Thursdays, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Melissa Judy, ESL Educator
This 12-week pronunciation course focuses on the pronunciation features of American English and will help students improve their awareness and production of various aspects of pronunciation. Topics include consonant and vowel sounds, stress, intonation, rhythm, and problem areas for Vietnamese speakers of English. Please bring a friend to come join our first session on May 31, 2017.
Family Matters Television Hour
Fridays, 11:00 – 12:00 midday
Curtis Johnson, Guest Speaker
Please come join Curtis Johnson at the American Center’s new series of American television shows Black-ish. With each session consisting of 30-minute episode followed by 30-minute discussion, this program series focuses on African American culture and English Language.
Dre Johnson has it all: a great job, a beautiful wife, Rainbow, four kids and a big home in a classy neighborhood, but as a black man, he begins to question whether all his success has brought too much cultural assimilation for his family. With the help of his mother and father, Dre begins to try to create a sense of ethnic identity for the members of his family that will allow them to honor their background while preparing them to embrace the future.
Office English Course
May – July 2017
Register for placement test at https://goo.gl/6k7JH4 by 5:00 p.m., May 10 5, 2017 (Hanoi time)
The American Center, Public Affairs Section, U.S. Embassy Hanoi is offering an Office English course for university graduates and mid-level officers who are living in Hanoi. This course is NOT opened for undergraduate students. To be eligible for this program, you must have a minimum English proficiency of pre-intermediate level and you will need to pass an entrance examination. If accepted into the program, you will be committing 3 to 6 hours a week of study at the American Center from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, starting on May 22, 2017. This course will be conducted by Amory Ewerdt, Hoàng Thu Hằng, Nguyễn Hoàng An, professors at the Hanoi University. This 12-session course has the aim to enable the learners to communicate naturally, independently and with increased confidence in real life office contexts in English through a genuine outcome-based syllabus. In a 50 hours course, the learners will have opportunity to Practice Oral and Written Office/Business Communication Skills; Enhance Language Knowledge: Accuracy of Vocabulary, Grammar, and Pronunciation through communicative outcome-based tasks; Study of interesting and relevant Office/business texts from genuine business sources; Practice English for International Business Skills: delivering presentation, taking part in and managing meetings, negotiating, telephoning and socializing within various office/business environments.
Please register for this course by filling the form here by 5:00 p.m., May 10, 2017 (Hanoi time). Only selected students will be notified by May 15, 2017. Placement test will be at 8.30 am, May 20, 2017.
Panel: Air Quality
May 3, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
American and Vietnamese Air Quality Specialists
U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world are celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week during the first week of May. Join us to hear about the U.S. Embassy’s air quality monitoring program in Hanoi and also talk with Vietnamese experts. Air quality affects the environment and people’s health and is one of the most important environmental issues of our time. Join us for this timely event!
MC: Alison Davis, Environment, Science, Technology & Health Unit, U.S. Embassy
Special introduction by U.S. Ambassador Ted Osius
• Mr. Jason McInerney, Environment, Science, Technology & Health Unit Chief, U.S. Embassy
• Ms. Nguy Thi Khanh, Executive Director, Green-ID
• Ms. Nguyen Thi Anh Thu, Research and Head of Air Quality at Green-ID
• Prof. Dr. Chau Ngo Quy, Vice Director of Bach Mai Hospital
Film Screening: Air: The Search for One Clean Breath & Other Short Air Quality films
May 5, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
Environment, Science, Technology & Health Unit, U.S. Embassy Hanoi
U.S. Embassies and Consulates around the world are celebrating Air Quality Awareness Week during the first week of May. Air quality affects the environment and people’s health and is one of the most important environmental issues of our time. Join us to learn more about how air has evolved and what it means for us during this interesting and timely film screening. We’ll be screening clips from other short films as well and we invite viewers to join us for a discussion afterwards.
May 5, 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Do you think jazz is stodgy and intellectual head Music? Joshua Lebofsky will demonstrate some new music about today’s jazz. Joshua Lebofsky has composed and produced music for jingles, theater and dance productions, and children’s music. For more information, please visit http://joshualebofsky.ca.
All About U.S. Dollars
May 10, 12:00 – 1:00 midday
Michael Lambert, Director of Banknotes at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Do you want to know how to identify whether a U.S. dollar bill is real or fake? How much of the U.S. currency is in circulation? The implications of using cash as a method of payment? Or the role of the Federal Reserve as the U.S.’s central bank? Come to the talk by Michael Lambert, Director of Banknotes at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in Washington, D.C. Lunch will be provided.
Fact-Checking Fake News: What is Media Literacy and Why Đoes It Matter?
May 22, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Amy Baum, ESL Educator
Have you ever read an article that you believed to be true but later found out was fake? What percentage of your news do you get from social media? How often do you question the news, stories, and advertising you see every day? If you want to find out why the answers to these questions matter and learn what you can do to be a more engaged media user, come to this workshop on media literacy. We will explore the basic concepts of media literacy and engage in interesting activities to understand the deeper meaning behind everyday media messages.
Certificate Ceremony of MOOC Courses: English for Journalism, Social Norms, Social Change 1, and Learning How to Learn
May 26, 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Congratulations to 60 learners who completed the three courses English for Journalism, Social Norms, Social Change 1 and Learning How to Learn. We would like to invite all to join us to celebrate their success and listen to their lesson learned, motivation and encouragement so that you can become one of them in the future.
The Counselor for Public Affairs Molly Stephenson will deliver certificates.