About us

Dr Prue Goredema: Project Manager

Prue holds a Doctorate in English Didactics from Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, the thesis of which focuses on Content & Language Integrated Learning in the Biology classroom.   She was the Coordinator of the TESOL Section at Technische Universität Chemnitz from 2014 to 2020 and has a research and teaching background in Second Language Acquisition, Curriculum Planning & Materials Development  and Methodology of Adult Education.

“I am looking forward to collaborating with the various lecturers and their students in the design and development of dynamic language courses for all five faculties,” she says. “At present, the FernUniversität in Hagen does not have a language centre, and thus it is awfully exciting to be part of the team that is charting new ground through the launch of this new English Learning Support service.”


Dr André Biederbeck: studyFIT Coordinator

André has long had students’ best interests at heart.  As a former Vice President of the German National Association for Student Affairs (Deutsche Studentenwerk); a History Lecturer at WWU Münster and in his previous position at the FernUniversität’s Department of Planning, he garnered the experience and insight to coordinate studyFIT, the new student support division for FernUniversität students seeking the skills to thrive in distance learning.   “Since April 2021, studyFIT has combined already existing support services with the launch of new programmes like a writing centre, a peer mentoring programme, an enhanced bridging course in Statistics and many other student-centred initiatives.  Supporting students who need advanced English skills is next on the list, and we are pleased to add English Learning Support to the variety of services offered by studyFIT,” says André.


Dr Matthias Then: Software Engineer

Matthias develops educational software solutions for the FernUniversität with a focus on extensions for the Moodle learning management system (LMS). Seamless integration of external tools into learning platforms via Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) services was a central topic in his PhD project, so he has a special interest in application scenarios implementing the latest versions of the LTI specification.


Rahel Papatheodorou: Student Assistant

Rahel is tasked with organising a variety of activities in the project: from The English Café to research-related focus group discussions and much else besides. Not only did she complete her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the FernUniversität in Hagen, but she is again enrolled in one of our Master’s programmes.  She is therefore familiar with the everyday challenges of studying online and brings a much-valued perspective to the project.

“I believe that at least a basic knowledge of English is not only a necessity in modern society but also a great advantage that opens doors in the future.  Without that knowledge, those doors would not be accessible,” says Rahel.  “I’d like to encourage every student to get out of their comfort zone a bit and see what benefits lie ahead if they learn or improve their English. The studyFIT English Learning Support project is the perfect place to make that start.”



Berra Bilgin: Student Assistant

Regularly minding The English Café and also assisting on other project tasks, Berra has nothing but encouragement for FernUni students who are keen to improve their English.
“No matter what your level of English is, there’s always room for more speaking practice. Read and study English as much as you like, but don’t forget that speaking fluently will keep you motivated and will enhance both your academic and professional profiles. In the English Learning Support project, we help students throughout their English learning journey, and I am excited to be a part of that,” Berra adds. She is currently reading for a Master’s degree in English Language and Literature at Georg August University of Göttingen and has taught English to learners of various persuasions and language levels.


Desirée Kampmeier: International Office

“As a staff member of the International Office I accompany the project from a strategic perspective and form the link to ongoing internationalisation activities and projects at the university. The English Learning Support service is a great opportunity for our students to prepare for international courses and teaching projects at the FernUniversität or at one of our partner universities. Getting involved will eliminate the language barrier that so often discourages some students from taking advantage of the wide range of international activities on offer – from internships abroad to summer schools – and of course, the English-language modules offered in some of our degree programmes.”

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