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LS1496 Chinese B1 for Engineers 7.5 credits

This course requires good basic knowledge of spoken and written everyday Chinese.

If you have prior knowledge from elsewhere, please contact KTH Language and Communication for a compulsory placement test. Contact information can be found on our homepage:

About course offering

For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Target group

Elective course for all programmes.

Part of programme

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P3 (4.0 hp), P4 (3.5 hp)


14 Jan 2025
2 Jun 2025

Pace of study


Form of study

Normal Evenings

Language of instruction


Course location

KTH Campus

Number of places

20 - 27

Planned modular schedule


For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students

Application code



For course offering

Spring 2025 Start 14 Jan 2025 programme students


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Headings with content from the Course syllabus LS1496 (Autumn 2019–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course builds on the lower-level courses, with further study of sentence patterns in everyday spoken Standard Chinese, and expansion of a central vocabulary of words and characters. In addition, an increased number of writing and translation exercises with a larger proportion of written, formal and technical Chinese of various kinds. Facts about China, Chinese culture, society and technical development. The course covers approximately 330 new characters.

Intended learning outcomes

The intended learning outcomes for the course refer mainly to the level B1 according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, and aim to strengthen the student's global competence.

On completion of the course, the student should, in addition to what is specified in courses at lower levels, be able to:

• identify tones and syllables in normal, spoken Standard Chinese
• understand and use everyday and some more formal sentence patterns
• understand and read aloud certain texts of everyday and technical nature
• talk and argue informally about subjects of personal interest or linked to daily life, current events or technology
• account for opinions and plans, retell courses of events and describe impressions and experiences that concern daily life, work-related issues, or technology
• translate texts of everyday and simple technical nature from Chinese into Swedish

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Basic university qualification. Completion and pass of Chinese A2 for Engineers, equivalent older course, or the equivalent knowledge demonstrated in a compulsory placement test taken before applying for the course.

Recommended prerequisites

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Course literature will be announced before the start of the course.
Recommended reference literature and electronic resources will be listed in the course information or in a similar way.

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.

The examiner determines, in consultation with the KTH coordinator for support to students with disabilities (Funka), possible customized examination for students with any documented and permanent functional disability. The examiner may offer a different type of exam for re-examination of individual students.

Other requirements for final grade

All examination parts passed
75% attendance

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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Björn Kjellgren (