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Japanese at KTH

Studying a language at KTH

Language and Communication offers courses in Chinese, French, German, Japanese and Spanish. The teaching is skill-oriented and focuses on professional life in the technical sector. We emphasize skills needed at a workplace, e.g., how to describe work tasks, how to present a project, or how to negotiate and discuss successfully. Important themes in our courses are intercultural competence, which is necessary for effective communication in multicultural workplaces, and sustainability issues.

Most of our courses are taught through blended learning (online sessions as well as on-campus meetings) and include individual and group work. We make optimal use of the advantages each teaching form provides to create a flexible language learning experience. Our primary focus is to create and maintain an inclusive learning environment.

Several of our courses include meetings and collaborations with students at other technical universities as well as (virtual) study visits or lectures. These meetings and collaborations with native speakers provide the opportunity to use the target language and to establish contacts with students in universities abroad as well as with companies.

Why learn Japanese?

Language and intercultural communication are two of the skills required both in the workplace and in everyday situations. In addition to the ability to connect directly with over 120 million speakers of Japanese, knowledge of the Japanese language gives you the key to exciting new experiences, both in the classroom and in Japan.

KTH offers four courses in Japanese, corresponding to the CEFR levels A1-B1 . For the first three courses, Swedish is the language of instruction, which means that Swedish is a prerequisite for participation. The fourth course, the intermediate level, uses Japanese as the language of instruction and is open to international students without knowledge of Swedish.


For more information about our courses in Japanese, please contact the teacher responsible:

Akiko Shirabe
Akiko Shirabe
lecturer in japanese