Vietnamese journalists get immersed in soap

19 OCTOBER 2001

While Australian soap operas such as Neighbours and Home and Away remain popular in the United Kingdom, journalists in Vietnam are learning how to write their own.

While Australian soap operas such as Neighbours and Home and Away remain popular in the United Kingdom, journalists in Vietnam are learning how to write their own.

Two Charles Sturt University (CSU) Visual and Performing Arts lecturers, Fred Goldsworthy and Colin Schumacher, left for Ho Chi Minh City today, Friday 19 October, to head a soap drama script writing course, in conjunction with IDP Education Australia and Vietnam’s HTV.

More than 30 television journalists from southern Vietnam will come together for three days at the HTV headquarters to learn about writing and scripting processes.

The students will then be taken through production elements and strategies at the HTV studios. Themes will include tragedy, comedy, romanticism and “everyday common sense stories”.

“Instruction will take place through simultaneous translation and will be based on material supplied in advance, translated and distributed to prospective students,” Mr Goldsworthy said.

“Colin Schumacher has had extensive experience in Thailand and in the Maldives with this process of instruction and with this kind of program.”

Mr Goldsworthy said the program evolved through CSU’s “pre-eminence in television education and production”, together with its recognition as a “high quality and reliable provider of distance and offshore education”.

Students who successfully complete the course at the end of next week, will receive CSU Certificates of Attainment and credit towards one subject in the upcoming Bachelor of Media Communications, to be delivered to overseas students only.

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