Events for the Public – February 2014

All of the below events are open for 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 to If you would like to be an American Center member, please register.


All events take place at 1st Floor of the Rose Garden Tower at 170 Ngoc Khanh Street, Hanoi, except those noted otherwise.  Remember to take your ID with you.

Conversation Hour

Tuesdays, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:00 AM

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!

Soft Skills: “How to Present”

February 12, 2:00-4:00 PM
Jay Hartwell, U.S. Fulbright Scholar Viet Nam

If you are trying to get funding for a project, deliver a lecture, or inspire people to take action, then come join Jay Hartwell for a discussion on “How to Present”. The award-winning lecturer will share tips he has learned during 16 years as a journalist and another 16 years teaching University of Hawaii students.

Debate Club: Public school is better at educating students than private school?

February 21, 2:00 – 3:00 PM

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!

Mindful Communication: Deep Listening in the Workplace

February 27, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Julian Goetz, Guest Speaker

Even in an age of digital communication, any venture into the working world requires that we know how to move effectively through the world of human interaction.  Learning how to grow healthy professional relationships is a core aspect of a meaningful career.  Come to this soft skills workshop with an open mind, and the motivation to learn from your peers.  We will explore a variety of conversational exercises suitable for intermediate English learners.

eLibraryUSA Orientation Session

February 28, 4:00 – 4:30 PM
Quan Mai Binh, Director, American Center Hanoi

eLibrary-USA is an online library with free access to 30+ up-to-date databases including researches, journals, books, articles, encyclopedias, films, photographs, magazines, topics and references for students, teachers, youth, businessmen and kids.  Please come join in our orientation session to learn more about a plentiful and helpful resource of information, then you can register to get your own login account to access to eLibraryUSA from any Internet connection.