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DS1301 Technical English, Intermediate Level 9.0 credits

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus DS1301 (Autumn 2012–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

  • Grammar review
  • Technical/Academic vocabulary
  • Presentation skills
  • Listening comprehension (using podcasts)
  • Writing technical reports
  • Writing summaries, formal letters, job applications and memo/e-mail
  • Oral summaries of general and specialized texts
  • Debating and describing technical processes

Intended learning outcomes

EU language portfolio, levels B1/C1,

On completing the course, the student should be able to:

  • identify the differences in style between everyday and formal English and adapt his/her written and spoken language accordingly.

Listening comprehension

  • understand advanced-level English oral presentations of some length (level C1)
  • follow an argumentation given in specialised language provided that the topic is more or less familiar. (level C1)

Reading comprehension

  • understand relatively long texts from specialised areas (level C1)


  • take active part in discussions and be able to explain and defend his/her opinions on well-known topics. (level B2)
  • using correct, varied and appropriate language, give an individually prepared oral presentation on a specialised subject (level B2/C1)


  • write reports, e-mails and letters, and essays of a specialised nature (level B2/C1).

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General entrance requirements for university studies.  A pass on the compulsory placement test before applying or a pass in Technical English, Lower Intermediate Level (DS1300 or DS1308) or in Technical English, B1 (DS1309 or DS1312). See our website for the test and more information,

Recommended prerequisites

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Technical English Vocabulary and Grammar, Nick Brieger and Alison Pohl

Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • ANN1 - Oral Presentation, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ANN2 - Written Production, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • TEN1 - Language Proficiency, 3.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

During the course, the students also take two minor midterm tests/quizzes. The combines result of the two tests is converted to a point score which is added to the student's score on the TEN1 exam.

Other requirements for final grade

75% attendance. Continuous assessment of classroom work. Written and oral examinations (ANN1; 3 credits, ANN2; 3 credits, TEN1; 3 credits)

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

Course room in Canvas

Registered students find further information about the implementation of the course in the course room in Canvas. A link to the course room can be found under the tab Studies in the Personal menu at the start of the course.

Offered by

Main field of study


Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

Technical English, Advanced Level


Elizabeth Keller, Tel. 790 6686,

Supplementary information

The course has limited participation. Students who are not present at course start risk losing their place on the course.

The course programme may be subject to changes and courses with an insufficient number of students can be cancelled, get merged together with other courses or get a reduced number of lessons.