Home Language Programme

In addition to the School's World Languages Programme, UNIS Hanoi believes in the value and importance of students maintaining and developing their home language (sometimes called Mother Tongues).

For more information about the World Language Programme please see the Curriculum Guides.

Research suggests that a high level of proficiency in the home language may exert important influences on academic and intellectual development (Cummins, 2000).

UNIS Hanoi will make a concerted effort to support home language development of all languages, by providing coordination for Home Language (including the Self-Taught Languages in the Diploma programme). Home Language programmes are paid for in full by the community members participating in the programme. This is in addition to the payment of full tuition and fees of the regular UNIS Hanoi programme.

Home Language community groups are self-formed and take the responsibility for finding a home language teacher. Home language classes can be organised to meet during the school day at times that fit within the UNIS Hanoi schedule, or after school. The decision to participate in a Home Language class is up to the student and his/her family.

Home Language Groups at UNIS Hanoi

  • Chinese
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Swedish
  • Vietnamese


Current Home Language Classes at UNIS Hanoi

Home Language Classes in Elementary School

Teacher Contact: Qiulin Tang   
                        Jie Fang (Flora)   

Danish (During School Hour)
Community Contact: Hanne Teilmann Møller
Teacher Contact: Ole Udsholt 

Dutch (After School Hour)
Teacher Contact: Francis Beeckmans  
                       Geralda De Vos  

German (During School Hour)
Community Contact: Stine Rüger  
Teacher Contact: Tanjia Lieschke (Grades 2,3,5)  
Milena Helmke (Grades 1,4)  

Korean (During School Hour)
Community Contact: Hee Sun Kim 
Teacher Contact: Bae Yuran 

Japanese (During School Hour)
Community Contact: Setsuko Miki 
Teacher Contact: Chieko Demura 
                       Haruko Iwashiro    

Swedish (During School Hour)
Community Contact:  Svenska Skolforeningen 
Teacher Contact: Asa Sarnus 

Home Language Classes in Middle/High School

Community Contact: Vivian Lee  (Language B)

Community Contact: Hanne Teilmann Møller  
Teacher Contact: Old Udsholt 

Dutch (After School Hour)
Teacher Contact:  Francis Beeckmans  
                         Geralda De Vos 

Swedish (Language A)
Community Contact: Svenska Skolforeningen 
Teacher Contact: Asa Sarnus 


For information on organising a new group or joining an already existing Home Language class at UNIS Hanoi, please contact:

  • Upper Elementary School Deputy Principal, Stephen Lush 
  • Middle School Deputy Principal, JJ Akin 
  • High School Deputy Principal, Glenda Baker 
  • United Nations International School of Hanoi
  • G9 Ciputra
  • Tay Ho
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
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