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LS1801 Train your multilingual competence – a multidisciplinary and multilingual course 3.0 credits

The course provides skills and strategies for working in a multilingual environment in the technical sector. Focus lies on the communication skills required for multidisciplinary and international projects and exchanges. You will develop your language skills and improve your ability to use them in a multilingual environment. You will also get a first insight into the language of which you have little or no previous knowledge. During the course, you will also be able to reflect on different cultural contexts.

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Autumn 2024 Start 26 Aug 2024 single courses students

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus LS1801 (Autumn 2024–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The course gives the students the opportunity to develop their multilingual skills through using and being exposed to several languages (English, French, German and Swedish). We use a variation of material (articles, videos, guest talks) in different languages, and discuss and give presentations in the different languages. Our themes revolve around topics relevant to engineering professions.

The students choose to communicate in at least two language combinations: French and/or German and English and/or Swedish. In this way, the students are given the opportunity to deepen and develop their previous knowledge in one or more languages, thus gaining insights in, and understanding of, a new language/several new languages.

The students practice the ability to communicate effectively in several languages in a professional context: giving, and understanding, presentations, arguing, or explaining the contents of a document or a video. In order to bridge language barriers and facilitate effective communication, we practice strategies and skills such as language alternation, code switching, transfer, and mediation.

In the course, we also reflect on intercultural communication and the ability to apply different perspectives on a issue. This cultural awareness makes it possible for students to handle intercultural situations with respect, and adapt their communication style accordingly.

In the course, students practice linguistic flexibility, which is of great value for international mobility and work in global teams.

The course is conducted online, with written assignments, workshops and seminars.

Intended learning outcomes

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

  • Understand materials in subjects that are relevant for engineering professions in English/Swedish and French/German in order to present and explain the contents in the different languages.
  • Present facts and discuss subjects relevant to engineering professions in English/Swedish and French/German.
  • Use strategies and skills such as language alternation, code switching, transfer, and mediation to be able to work in a multilingual environment.
  • Be able to critically reflect on different intercultural situations in order to be able to work effectively in multicultural contexts in the technical sector.

Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

At least CEFR B1 level in German and/or French and English and/or Swedish.

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


  • INL1 - Assignments, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • SEM1 - Seminars, 1.0 credits, grading scale: P, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercises, 1.0 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.

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

Technology and Learning

Education cycle

First cycle

Add-on studies

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Nathalie Kirchmeyer (