American Center Hanoi’s Events for the Public in December 2017

Notice: The American Center will be closed on Monday, December 25th in observance of the Christmas Day holiday and on Tuesday, December 26th for a cleanup day.

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!

Time Program Speaker
Dec. 1, 3:00 – 4:30 Co-Op Programs in the U.S. EducationUSA Advising Center
December – February Office English Course American Center
Dec. 4, 5:00 – 7:00 Leadership Training: How to Improve Workplace Performance Hoàng Ngọc Bích
Dec. 6, 2:00 – 6:00
Vietnamese STARTUPS on the GLOBAL Stage

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Ms. Caryn R. McClelland, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Hanoi, and Hanoi GES participants
Dec. 7, 11:00 – 12:00 Model East Asia Summit: Information Session American Center
Dec. 7, 4:30 – 6:00 English for Career Development (PDF-279KB) – MOOC Facilitated Discussion #2 Trần Thị Thùy Trang
Dec. 8, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour American Center
Dec. 11, 5:30 – 6:45 Understanding Holiday Traditions through Movies Rebecca Garcia
Dec. 13, 4:00 – 5:00 Model East Asia Summit: Information Session American Center
Dec. 14, 3:30 – 5:00 Debate Club American Center
Dec. 15, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation HourCanceled American Center
Dec. 15, 3:00 – 4:30 Study Business in the U.S. and How to Become a Student Worker EducationUSA Advising Center
Dec. 15, 4:30 – 5:30 IHS World Orchestra Performance IHS World Orchestra
Dec. 18, 3:00 – 4:00 A Conversation About: The Culture and History of the American South Cynthia McKinney
Dec. 19, 3:00 – 4:30 How to Write A Good Resume EducationUSA Advising Center
Dec. 19, 4:30 – 5:45 TOEFL iBT 110: A Destination is at Sight Jonas Lind, Bùi Thanh Trang, and Nguyễn Nam Việt
Dec. 20, 4:45 – 5:45 Sports, Fraternities, and Wabash College (an all-male college) Wabash College Students
Dec. 21, 4:30 – 6:00 English for Career Development (PDF-279KB) – MOOC Facilitated Discussion #3 Trần Thị Thùy Trang
Dec. 22, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour American Center
Dec. 22, 5:00 – 6:30 My Stories in the U.S.: How I Used What I’ve Learned After Graduation Vietnam U.S. Alumni Club
Dec. 27, 8:30 – 2:00
Model East Asia Summit: Cyber Security

Register (required) here by December 17, 2017

American Center
Dec. 28, 2:00 – 3:30 Storytelling Club American Center
Dec. 28, 4:30 – 6:00 English for Career Development (PDF-279KB) – MOOC Facilitated Discussion #4 Trần Thị Thùy Trang
Dec. 29, 10:00 – 11:00 Conversation Hour American Center
Dec. 29, 2:00 – 3:30 Restorative Justice: A New View of Criminal Justice Prof. Joanne Katz
Jan. 4, 4:30 – 6:00 English for Career Development (PDF-279KB) – MOOC Facilitated Discussion #5 Trần Thị Thùy Trang
Conversation Hour

Fridays, 10:00 – 11:00 am
American Volunteers
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 discussions and presentations.

Debate Club

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.

Office English Course

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 course, you must be able to commit 6 hours a week to attend classes at the American Center from 5:00 – 7:00 pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, starting on December 18, 2017. This course will be conducted by American and Vietnamese professors from the Hanoi University.
This course aims to enable professionals to communicate in English naturally, independently and confidently in real life office settings. Using an outcome-based syllabus in this 50 hour course, you will have the opportunity to:
Practice spoken and written English in office/business communications
Enhance language knowledge including 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 presentations, conducting meetings, negotiations, and socializing within various office/business environments.
Please register for this course by completing the form by 12:00 p.m., December 12, 2017 (Hanoi time). Only selected students will be notified by December 14, 2017. Placement test will be confirmed later.

NOTE: Those who already applied for Office English in October 2017 don’t need to re-apply for this course. We will add those applications to the review list for this course. Thank you.

Vietnamese STARTUPS on the GLOBAL Stage

December 6, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m
Ms. Caryn R. McClelland, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy Hanoi, and Hanoi GES participants
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The U.S. Mission in Vietnam supports 13 Vietnamese entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders to participate in the Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 (GES) in India to find more opportunities to share experiences with other international entrepreneurs and investors as well as to find opportunities to collaborate and expand their startups or to create new opportunities for investment, partnership, and collaboration in Vietnam. Three Hanoi delegates will share their experiences at the GES 2017 in a panel discussion facilitated by the Chargé d’Affaires, Ms. Caryn R. McClelland. This event will be live streamed on the Embassy’s Facebook page and panelists will respond to questions from the online audience.

Panelists include:

  • Trần Lương Sơn: Co-Founder of MITFive, a startup and entrepreneurship program initiated by MIT alumni to provide training and life-time coaching to entrepreneurs in Vietnam. Sơn was awarded “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2014 by Shidler College of Business (Hawaii University) for supporting and disseminating knowledge to startup communities.
  • Đặng Xuân Trường: Founder of Hachi which aims to integrate high technology in agriculture. Hachi transfers hydroponic knowledge to farmers and helps build smart farms with greenhouses and automation devices.
  • Cấn Thị Thanh Hiền: Co-Founder of Fresh Deli, a digital platform connecting fresh home cooked meals with middle income office workers. This startup empowers housewives to start food businesses at home, becoming more financially independent. What’s Fresh Deli’s mission? Bring happiness to millions of housewives and office workers! Cấn Thị Thanh Hiền won First Prize at the U.S. Ambassador’s Entrepreneurship Challenge 2017 (#AEC)

Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn from expertise of successful entrepreneurs and ecosystem builders!

Understanding Holiday Traditions through Movies

December 11, 5:30 – 6:45 p.m.
Rebecca Garcia

Curious about how Americans celebrate Christmas and the New Year? Join us to learn about the U.S. Holiday Traditions through Movies.

IHS World Orchestra Performance

December 15, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
IHS World Orchestra

Please join us for an unforgettable experience–a musical journey around the World, by IHS World Orchestra!
The IHS World Orchestra is a unique, non-profit mission dedicated to bringing joy to audiences in different countries of the world. The orchestra has performed in Canada, Kenya, England, Norway, Poland, Germany, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Cuba, Israel, Austria, Czech Republic, and Vietnam. It is comprised of an international cast of musicians performing in the style of “Glenn Miller – Big Band” formation. We take our audiences on a musical trip “around the world” by playing popular melodies in different styles. Tango, Samba, Swing, Polka, Waltz, Pop and Gospel are among the musical experiences offered. The Canadian musical director, Lawrence Daher, has appeared with international celebrities such as Celine Dion and Reba McEntyre.

TOEFL iBT 110: A Destination is at Sight

December 19, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
Jonas Lind, Bùi Thanh Trang, and Nguyễn Nam Việt

The workshop will share the trends of the TOEFL iBT exam in the world and the way to optimize the test, as well as opportunities for studying, working in the United States and the elements that the univerisity admissions are expecting from potential students. In addition, 2 YOLA Faces (Toefl iBT:> 110) will share their tips on how to prepare for the TOEFL iBT, their personal experience, psychological preparation before the official exam and the test tips.

Panelists include:
• Jonas Lind: Jonas is Manager of Admissions Counseling at Yola Education. He got certified as a College Counselor with UCLA, received his Masters degree from Imperial College London and Bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in the United States. Prior to working at Yola, he worked as an environmental consultant and later college consultant in China.
• Bùi Thanh Trang: one of YOLA FACES (TOEFL iBT 114/120). Content leader and Editor of Smile with Vietnam, a facebook page founded by Vietnamese students abroad to spread the love for Vietnamese culture worldwide. Chief English editor of Ams Writers’ Guild, a school-based literary platform. Vice president of Puzzles Ams, the school branch of an association dedicated to debate and critical thinking.
• Nguyễn Nam Việt: one of YOLA FACES, TOEFL iBT 111/120 & SAT 1500/1600. First prize for the Hanoi Open Math Olympiad Open 2016 – (HOMC). Nam Viet achieved Superior Performance of the 10th-12th AMC exams for US mathematics majors conducted by the Mathematical Association of America.

Sports, Fraternities, and Wabash College (an all-male college)

December 20, 4:45 – 5:45 p.m.
Wabash College Students

Do you want to learn more about U.S. sports, fraternities, or what it’s like to be at an all-male college? Please join us in an informal gathering and presentation by American students from Wabash College. Wabash College is a small liberal arts college located in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Ranked in the top tier of national liberal arts colleges, Wabash is an all-male institution–one of only 3 remaining such colleges in the United States.

Restorative Justice: A New View of Criminal Justice

December 29, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Prof. Joanne Katz

Have you ever thought of an alternative way to carry out justice? What about restorative justice? Restorative justice repairs the harm caused by crime. When victims, offenders and community members meet to decide how to do that, the results can be transformational. It emphasizes accountability, making amends, and — if they are interested — facilitated meetings between victims, offenders, and other persons. Come to the American Center to learn from Professor Joanne Katz, J.D. from the Department of Criminal Justice, Legal Studies and Social Work of the Missouri Western State University.