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LS1416 Introduction to English for academic studies 3.0 credits

Prepare for university studies in English with this asynchronous online course with continuous assessment.

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For course offering

Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 programme students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus LS1416 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

This course is intended to help students prepare for academic studies in scientific and technical domains with English as the language of instruction. This course includes reflection and discussion, reading and listening comprehension, and writing and video assignments. The focus throughout the cours is on clear, concise and precise English. Students can expect training in and personal feedback on:

  • scientific English
  • language and discourse analysis
  • effective peer review

Intended learning outcomes

In a language-focused learning environment and with course participants from different technical disciplines, the students learn both the mechanics of English and strategies to communicate their technical knowledge in clear, concise, and precise English.

More exactly, the students should be able to do the following on completion of the course:

  1. identify the principles and conventions for scientific discourse in English, and be to apply them in academic contexts
  2. adapt their scientific communication to different academic audiences
  3. apply academic English to scientific disciplines
  4. communicate technical knowledge and their own ideas in academic contexts

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

General admission requirements.

No experience of to use English in higher studies is required.

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

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


  • INL1 - Assignments, 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.

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

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

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Supplementary information

This course replaces the course LS1415