Course description

No. 907.01

Support for Teachers using English as a Medium of Instruction (STEMI)


Appointments will be arranged individually.

Target group

Lecturers who teach courses in any discipline in English.

Number of participants

max. 7 people (Note: Lecturers will meet individually with the programme coordinator).


Would you like to communicate more clearly and confidently in English while teaching and interacting with students? Would you appreciate receiving constructive and confidential feedback on your English oral skills, perhaps in preparation for a sabbatical abroad? Whether you are a novice or an experienced instructor, this programme offers personalised support tailored to your needs.

The programme is designed to refine the teaching and communication skills of professors, lecturers, and doctoral students who use English as their medium of instruction. Areas of support can include pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and diction, clear communication of instructions, writing teaching scripts, interacting with students, and creating clear lecture slides.

After identifying areas in which you would like support, Dr. Pamela Heidi Douglas––a fellow UPB lecturer and native English speaker––will visit one of your teaching sessions and provide one-on-one feedback afterward. Later in the semester, Heidi can revisit one of your course sessions and provide you with a second round of feedback. All feedback will be confidential, nonjudgmental, constructive, and aimed at fostering teaching excellence.


Dr. Pamela Heidi Douglas

Trainer´s background

Pamela Heidi Douglas is a lecturer at Paderborn University and a native English speaker. Originally from Canada, she has studied and taught English in countries across Europe, North America, and Africa. After completing her Ph.D. at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Heidi began teaching English courses at Paderborn University in 2018. She also has worked as a proofreader and editor of academic manuscripts and texts for over ten years.


Please register by e-mail to Dr. Pamela Heidi Douglas (

To find out your language level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), you can take the following online tests: British Council Placement Test or Cambridge General English Test.