Dr. Fred Thompson

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Please note that on January 1, 2023, the English Department became an important part of the new indepentent university: The University of Koblenz.

Starting April 1st, 2023, (no, this is not an April Fool's joke!) this webpage will no longer have regular updates. Instead, you should direct yourself to the NEW and IMPROVED webpages at


You can find out more information on the stay abroad, office hours, etc. below.

Stay Abroad

NEW homepage for the stay abroad (as of April 1st, 2023)



General Information

From time to time, I am asked about whether travelling through a country for 90 days is accepted for getting the stay abroad acknowledged. It is imperative to make an important distinction here. What may be acceptable from the angle of the module handbook may not be the best overall option for your own personal growth. It is true that there are only two requirements in the module handbook: (1) a country where English is an official language and (2) a minimum of three full months (i.e. 90 days). If you only take these two requirements into account, you will be doing yourself a disservice in the long run.

Going abroad is much more than just credit points or some kind of notation in KLIPS. The stay abroad is, for most of us, a once in a life-time experience, where we can embrace a foreign culture, make new friends, see new places and improve our English-language skills. While all of these aspects are important in their own right, I am most interested in the last point: The improvement of your English-language skills.

Before leaving Germany, you should already have a strategic plan for achieving this goal. Simply travelling around a country, similar to a tourist with an extended-stay visa, is perhaps not the wisest option. The reasons for this should be obvious. Likewise, being an au pair for an infant and a two-year-old, for example, with little contact with the outside world is also an unwise decision. Instead, give careful thought as to how much exposure to “real” English you will be exposed to while abroad. You are responsible for ensuring that you have as much exposure as possible, so that you can reach your ultimate goal of achieving impeccable English-language skills.

I can perhaps give you a couple of suggestions. Attending an evening class at a local school (e.g. Volkshochschule), joining a special-interest group (e.g. book club, sport club, etc.), volunteering for a charity, visiting a church or other religious affiliation, etc. are a few examples that are often not considered. Perhaps you want to continue studying full-time while abroad. The English department also has a limited number of spots at our partner universities, so that the hefty host-university study fees can be waived. For even more ideas, why not attend the department's special stay-abroad event: Ich bin dann mal weg. In WS 2022/23, this event will take place on December 14, 2022. For more details, please check online.

I hope I could provide you with some helpful insights before you embark on this very exciting and important journey!


Covid-19 (and lockdowns)

Currently, the international boarders to most countries where English is an official language are open. Individual countries may have regulations concerning vaccinations, mask-wearing procedures, etc. that are not in line with those of Germany. In any case, you are responsible for informing yourself in advance and obeying the guidelines/laws of your respective host country.


 Forms for the Accreditation of the Mandatory Stay Abroad

Please note that there are two separate forms - but you only fill out one of them. There is a form for those of you who began your studies before WS 2021/22 (in other words, SS 2021 was the last possible semester to commence your studies with us in the "old" program) and another form for those who started as of WS 2021/22 (after re-accreditation).

Click on ANERKENNUNG STAY ABROAD to the left of your screen (only for the "old" koblenz-landau webpages: These pages may no longer be accessible after April 1, 2023) for these forms. You must complete the correct form as well as submit copies of your proof (e.g. transcript of records, boarding passes, letter of recommendation, tenancy agreement, etc.).


Office hours during the Lecture-free Period in WS 2022/23 and in the Lecture Period of SS 2023

During the lecture-free period, there is the option for a brief digital meeting. To book your own time slot, visit calendly (see address below) and fill in the short form. There are a limited number of slots and are based on a first-come, first served basis. There is no guarantee of a specific slot. It is not possible to book slots in the distant future.

The last office hour in March 2023 will be on March 24. There will not be an office hour between March 31 and April 14.

The first office hour for SS 2023 will be on April 21. There will be an office hour each week until the Pentecost break with the exception of May 19. Additional dates after the Pentecost break will be added later in May 2023 (see the new homepage for details).

For booking a time slot, visit:


Once you have COMPLETED the booking for your time slot (i.e. Bestätigung), the exact web address for BigBlueButton will appear. Please note this down. Generally, calendly also sends a friendly reminder of your time slot to your email address. The web address is also provided in this message.

Finally, please use your uni-koblenz email address only. Other email addresses will be ignored and bookings deleted.


 Summer Course in English Phonetics (SCEP)

14th-18th August, 2023


Do you want to improve or master your understanding of English pronunciation? If your answer is yes, let me take this opportunity to inform you of VSCEP 2023 (Virtual Summer Course in English Phonetics). During this one-week, virtual course, you can brush up your knowledge of English phonetics. Moreover, you will have the opportunity to do some ear-training and speaking practice under the guidance of specialist tutors. Ear-training is a main component of this course.


Should you already be interested in this exciting programme and would like to know more about it, check out VSCEP's website address:


The traditional format, as a two-week course at University College London in the UK's capital, will hopefully resume in 2024. Make sure to check for updates!

Please feel free to stop by one of my office hours (or drop me a line) if you would like to know more about this very exciting programme.


The Grammar Workshops: A Great Opportunity to Improve Your English

Summer Semester 2018 was the last time the Grammar Workshops were offered. Over the years, many highly motivated English students whose passion for grammar as well as a keen interest in the subtleties and nuances of the language itself came together in these workshops. Not only were engaging discussions on various grammar topics held but there was also the possibility to polish up one's usage of English.

A big THANK YOU must be given to all of our workshop leaders. I thank them for both their time and engagement. Without you, the Grammar Workshops would not have been such a great success. In alphabetical order, I would like to thank:

Christoph Apel

Tristan Dingendorf

Julia Dötsch

Daniel Hennes

Damaris Hogenkampf

Melanie Retz 


 This page was last updated on Thursday, March 23, 2023.


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