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Syllabus for

Academic year
LSP580 - English  
Syllabus adopted 2019-02-21 by Head of Programme (or corresponding)
Owner: TIDAL
4,5 Credits
Grading: TH - Pass with distinction (5), Pass with credit (4), Pass (3), Fail
Education cycle: First-cycle

Teaching language: English
Application code: 62127
Open for exchange students: No
Maximum participants: 125
Only students with the course round in the programme plan

Module   Credit distribution   Examination dates
Sp1 Sp2 Sp3 Sp4 Summer course No Sp
0104 Examination 1,5c Grading: TH   1,5c   02 Jun 2021 pm L,  10 Oct 2020 am L,  16 Aug 2021 pm L
0204 Examples class 3,0c Grading: TH   3,0c    

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Kathryn Strong Hansen

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General entry requirements for bachelor's level (first cycle)
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.

Specific entry requirements

The same as for the programme that owns the course.
Applicants enrolled in a programme at Chalmers where the course is included in the study programme are exempted from fulfilling the requirements above.


The aim of the course is to enhance students' ability to communicate effectively in English, in speech as well as in writing, to enable students to use English for academic writing and oral presentations during their studies, and to prepare students for a professional career, which will most likely demand very good communicative skills.

Learning outcomes (after completion of the course the student should be able to)

Write and structure a text in a logical and coherent manner.
Plan and deliver an academic oral presentation.
Critically read and assess technical content and use appropriate referencing in written work.
Give and receive constructive feedback throughout the project.
Use a process-oriented approach to writing as a strategy for improving communicative competency in English.
Use strategies to improve language proficiency in English.


This English course comprises a review of English grammar as well as oral and written proficiency practice. A process-oriented approach to writing, report-writing and oral presentation skills are important aspects of the course. It consists of a series of workshops with emphasis on the writing process, strategies for effective oral and written communication, text analysis and peer response, and preparation for the examination.


The course is organized into seminars, workshops, and lectures. Issues dealt with in the lecture series include the communication process, strategies for effective communication in speech and in writing, and a focus on report writing.


A web based tool, EngOnline, and handouts on the course web page.

Examination including compulsory elements

Report, oral and written examination. The final grade (3-5) is based on a written examination in language proficiency and grammar, the oral presentation and an individual written report.

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