American Center Hanoi’s Events for the Public in August 2019

American Center Hanoi’s Events for the Public

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:

  • All visitors to the American Center (AC) in Hanoi must ‎undergo additional security checks of their personal electronic devices (laptops, cell phones, fitness trackers, etc.). These new procedures are being implemented worldwide to enhance the security of U.S. Embassy buildings. Please note that these new security screening requirements, which includes powering on the equipment in front of the guards, will lengthen the ‎wait times for guests entering the AC. Guests should plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to an event to ensure they can get through the screening procedures in time. We recommend you consider using the U.S. Embassy’s equipment and leaving your devices at home to shorten the screening time for all guests. In the meantime, if you plan to bring this or other electronic equipment to the AC, please allow more time for these new screening procedures. Thank you for your assistance and patience.
  • 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!

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.***



December 7-13, 2019 Animation Storytelling Workshop: Feature Film Story and Pitch Development (PDF-146KB)
8/1/2019, 15:00 – 16:30 Practice Storytelling with an American Author #2 Alexander Yates
8/2/2019, 14:00 – 15:30 Pronunciation Workshop #5/8 Amy Baum
8/6/2019, 14:00 – 15:30 Pronunciation Workshop #6/8 Amy Baum
8/6/2019, 15:00 – 16:30 Practice Storytelling with an American Author #3 Alexander Yates
8/8/2019, 14:00 – 15:30 Pronunciation Workshop #7/8 Amy Baum
8/9/2019, 14:00 – 15:30 Pronunciation Workshop #8/8 Amy Baum
8/12/2019, 10:30 – 12:00 Practice English with American Fulbrighters! (Required registration at: Fulbright English Teaching Assistants
8/13/2019, 15:00 – 16:00 A Taste of Your Future Ngan Vu
8/13/2019, 17:00 – 18:30 Building an in-house Marketing Team Le Hong Tam
8/15/2019, 17:00 – 18:30 English for Media Literacy #4 Nikki Nguyen
8/22/2019, 17:00 – 18:30 Grow your Marketing, Grow your Business Le Hong Tam
8/23/2019, 15:00 – 16:30 Presentation and discussion on U.S. Defense Strategy in the Indo-Pacific Elbridge Colby
8/28/2019, 15:00 – 16:30 Public Speaking Skills (cancelled) EducationUSA
8/30/2019, 8:00 – 16:30 Create Eco website for your environment campaign (register here)


Pronunciation Workshop

This 8-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. All sessions will involve plenty of examples and opportunities for interaction and practice!

Career Development Series

Knowing how to find, apply for, and market yourself to get the job you want can be difficult, especially if you’re seeking work with foreign organizations and companies. To help you get prepared for building a successful and meaningful career, join this 6-week series where we will focus on personal skills assessment, CV creation, cover letter writing, networking, interviewing and communicating in international workplaces.

Practice Storytelling with an American Author
Practice Storytelling with an American Author

Week 1 – Three Rooms. This is a fun little class/exercise about the importance of description. I describe three different rooms with three very different sets of objects. I prompt the students to describe what kind of character would live in a room like that, based on the objects. The punchline is that all rooms are the same room–it’s the study of Sherlock Holmes. A very fun class.
Week 2 – Story in Images. In this class we go over a few Rockwell paintings and identify the way the image acts to tell a story. This complicates the previous class by talking about point of view, and omission.
Week 3 – Using Details to build Expectation. This class builds on the first two as we read a short Hemingway story together, pausing at intervals to discuss what details we think are most important, and why the author is planting certain information. What expectations do we have for the resolution of the story? How will those be met, or subverted?

Practice English with American Fulbrighters!
August 12, 2019, 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Fulbright English Teaching Assistants

Would you like to practice English with 19 American Fulbright English Teaching Assistants? Please come and grasp this valuable opportunity before they spread out to teach English at gifted high schools, colleges and universities across Vietnam! If you are high school or college/ university students and have your English level of Pre-Intermediate or Intermediate, please register HERE.

A taste of your future

College in any country, let alone America, can be challenging for students who are entering the ambitious zone. We want to succeed in fields where we are believed to be spectacular at, and thrive in the country of dreams. For any kid under 18 though, this can be a scary risk. You may not understand why you are prepared to give up a life of wonders for something as uncertain as college abroad. You cannot comprehend why you would want anything other than the safety of your home. Well, as a 16 year old with pre-college experience in the United States, I can answer all those questions. The only thing I ask is that you come in with an open mind and let me blow you away with the thoughts you’ve had which came to life in my 2-week abroad experience.

Building an in-house marketing team: “Marketing your business: Something you can do yourself or should you pay a professional?”

“Should we hire an agency or build our own inhouse marketing team?” – a simple question but may be a trouble for many new Small-Medium Enterprise (SME) business owners.
In a lively workshop, you will:

– learn and apply 4S process to determine the readiness of your SME, organization for an inhouse or outsource team,
– discover different marketing organization structures and find out what can work best for you
– find suitable marketing talents for your team.
– and of course, meet up and network with other professionals and managers in the field.

About speaker:
Le Hong Tam
Former CMO – Topica Native Vietnam
Co-founder, Kidtopi – Premium 1-1 English lessons with U.S. school teachers

Grow your marketing, grow your business!

Learn how to make a marketing plan and create a sales process. Discover the basic formula for optimizing sales through marketing. And use data to help your staff and organization analyze and improve how you do business.

You do not usually need to excel at running Facebook ads to manage a digital marketing team!

In this second workshop, you will learn:
– How to build a marketing and sales process that helps you manage your team;
– The basic fomular to analyze and optimize sales & marketing growth
– How to train your staff and organization data -driven mindset

Presentation and discussion on U.S. Defense Strategy in the Indo-Pacific

Please join us for a presentation and discussion on U.S. defense strategy in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Vietnam and China, and more broadly, the U.S. National Defense Strategy. Our distinguished speaker is Mr. Elbridge Colby, co-founder and principal of The Marathon Initiative, a new initiative focused on advancing thinking and policy on great power competition for the United States and its allies and partners.

Mr. Elbridge Colby is also a Senior Advisor at WestExec Advisors, where he supports the firm’s work on defense, technology, aerospace, and related areas. Previously, Elbridge Colby was the director of the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security, where he led CNAS’ work on defense issues. From 2017-2018, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Force Development, where he was the lead official for the development and rollout of the Department’s preeminent strategic planning guidance, the 2018 National Defense Strategy (NDS). Prior to entering government service, Colby was the Robert M. Gates Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security, where he focused on a range of defense issues and consulted regularly with the Defense Department and other U.S. Government agencies.