Upcoming Events for the Public at the American Center Hanoi

American Center Hanoi’s Events for the Public

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:

  • All visitors to the American Center 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 American Center. 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 American Center, 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!
July – August 2018
Public Speaking Contest on Plastic Pollution

Register here by July 20

American Center
Jul. 16, 5:00 – 7:00 Leadership Skill Training: Dealing With Difficult People — for fresh graduates and young professionals only Hoàng Ngọc Bích
Jul. 17, 4:00 – 5:00 Understanding Black American CultureCanceled Chelsea Wilson
Jul. 20, 5:00 – 7:00 Leadership Skill Training: Effective Planning: A 7-Step Formula — for fresh graduates and young professionals only Hoàng Ngọc Bích
Jul. 23, 5:00 – 6:30 English Pronunciation Workshop Todd Aydelott
Jul. 23, 5:00 – 7:00 Leadership Skill Training: Managing Strategic Change — for fresh graduates and young professionals only Hoàng Ngọc Bích
Jul. 25, 2:00 – 3:30 English Pronunciation Workshop Todd Aydelott
Jul. 26, 10:00 – 11:30 English Pronunciation Workshop Todd Aydelott
Jul. 27, 10:00 – 11:30 English Pronunciation Workshop Todd Aydelott
Jul. 27, 5:00 – 7:00 Leadership Skill Training: How to Improve Workplace Performance — for fresh graduates and young professionals only Hoàng Ngọc Bích
Aug. 1, 2:30 – 5:00 Public Speaking Contest on Plastic Pollution: Presentation Day. Register here by July 20 American Center
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 to improve your English speaking skills and enhance your English vocabularies on a variety of topics. The participants will join the host to learn how to sing one of the popular memorable songs 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.

From Strangers to Familiars

American Center Interns

From Strangers to Familiar is a program that engages people in deep conversations in order to develop connections between humans. From Strangers to Familiars not only gives participants an opportunity to master their English communication skills but also helps them create ultimate long-lasting networks through the program’s chain of deep talks. Everyone has a chance to share and everyone is listened.

Conversation & Pronunciation

Rebecca Garcia
Join us to discuss important American and international current events. Different topics related to politics, popular culture, and business may be featured each week. This is an opportunity for us to share our ideas and ask questions so we can all learn together. This session will also include a brief pronunciation lesson to support English learners who seek to improve their speaking.

Pronunciation Workshop

Todd Aydelott

This is a presentation on how the syllable types of English can be used to determine pronunciation. Over the course of two sessions we will cover 6 syllable types. During the first session, we will look at what a syllable is in English, and then explore the pronunciation and spelling rules for Closed, Open, and Vowel-Consonant-e syllables. We will also look at the importance of ending consonant sounds and intonation of phrasing in English. During the second session, we will review the information presented on syllables in the first session and then expand on this by looking at the pronunciation and spelling rules for R-Controlled, Vowel Teams, and C-LE Syllables. We will also look at syllable stress in words and discuss the schwa sound.

July 4th Presentation

July 2, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chelsea Wilson

Come help us celebrate America’s 242nd birthday! Through an interactive presentation, learn about the significance of the Fourth of July, what Americans do during the 4th, and bizarre fun facts about this holiday. This presentation will also feature a game show. One lucky participant will win a prize. You don’t want to miss this red, white and blue celebration!

Storytelling in Public Speaking

July 5, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Tran Thi Thuy Trang
Storytelling plays a very important role in creating emotional impact for a speech. In this workshop, students will learn how to create the story structure for their speeches and how to bring their stories alive.

How to be an Effective Public Speaker

July 10, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chelsea Wilson

Public speaking can be tricky and sometimes down right nerve-wracking.. We will learn the characteristics of effective public speakers. In this workshop, you will increase your confidence as a public speakers through group activities and simulations.

Making U.S. Education Affordable

July 12, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m
Chelsea Wilson

Is your dream university in the United States? Is the one thing holding you back from applying to your dream school the price? Fear not! We will discuss your options that will help you make your dream become reality. Scholarship opportunities for international students will also be discussed. Do not hesitate, and sign up today!

Understanding Black American Culture

July 17, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Chelsea Wilson

The United States has a racially and ethnically diverse population. Black and African Americans make up the third largest racial and ethnic group in the United States (after White Americans and Hispanic and Latino Americans). Black American culture is rich and diverse and has made positive contributions to American society. In this interactive presentation, we will delve deeply into the history of Black American culture. Music, hair, and food will be discussed.