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LS1409 English B1 - Essential Grammar and Vocabulary 7.5 credits

The course is not offered during the academic year 18/19. If you have a very weak command of English, please contact the course examiner for information about other possibilities for assistance.

The course is only suitable for those who do not have documented or actual skills in English corresponding to B2 level according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. If you have English 6 from a Swedish school, IELTS 6 or TOEFL 80, you should take a higher level course. Do you have any questions? Contact the course examiner at the email address below.

Course offering missing for current semester as well as for previous and coming semesters
Headings with content from the Course syllabus LS1409 (Autumn 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

• Overview of basic English grammar and academic vocabulary
• Exercises and feedback on scientific English
• Listening comprehension exercises/reading and discussions of authentic material to increase the understanding of current issues within technology and natural sciences (e.g. sustainable development, technological breakthroughs).
• Formal individual presentations, including preparations
• Technical descriptions of tools, graphical data and processes

Intended learning outcomes

The aim of the course is to give an overview of English grammar and vocabulary to students who need basic support to manage their studies and future careers. The course gives general knowledge and skills in the English language, scientific English in speech and writing, text, structure and global skills.

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

• understand clearly spoken factual information and the main contents of clear standard speech on subjects within the student's field of study or fields of personal interest

• read texts of some length within specialised technical or scientific fields

• give a formal presentation and communicate what he/she wants without great communication difficulties

• account for the difference between informal and formal language and write short technical descriptions without serious language errors

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

The expected learning outcomes for the course mainly refer to the level B1 according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. The students are responsible themselves to check their prior knowledge through a test taken before choosing the course.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

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

Grading scale

P, F


  • KONA - Assessment, 1.5 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • LEXA - Continuous Assessment, 6.0 credits, grading scale: P, 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.

Other requirements for final grade

All course components passed. 75% attendance requirement

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 web

Further information about the course can be found on the Course web at the link below. Information on the Course web will later be moved to this site.

Course web LS1409

Offered by

Main field of study

This course does not belong to any Main field of study.

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Jamie Rinder (