Home Language Programme

UNIS Hanoi believes in the value and importance of students maintaining and developing their home language (also known as mother tongue, language learned first, language known best, language most used. The language identified with as a "native" speaker).

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   

Danish (During School Hour)
Community Contact: Stine Cooper
Teacher Contact: Ole Udsholt 

Dutch (After School Hour)
Teacher Contact: Yvette Kooij  
                          Lisanne Biegstraaten  

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: Seo Eun Kyung 
Teacher Contact: Bae Yuran 

Community Contact: Setsuko Miki 
Teacher Contact: 
Chieko Demura  (During school hour)
Haruko Iwashiro  (During school hour)
Michiko Abe 
 (After school activity)

Teacher Contact: Victoria Siwik 

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

Home Language Classes in Middle/High School

Community Contact: Qingli Liu  (Language B)

Teacher Contact: Ole Udsholt 

Dutch (After School Hour)
Teacher Contact: Yvette Kooij  
                           Lisanne Biegstraaten  

Community Contact: Doreen Horsch 

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 ES Deputy Principal, Stephen Lush  and ES Home Language Coordinator, Aiqin Li 
  • High School Deputy Principal, Glenda Baker 


  • United Nations International School of Hanoi
  • G9 Ciputra
  • Tay Ho
  • Hanoi, Vietnam
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