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The community mailing lists provide a connection between teachers and the content of the websites. Satellite social network spaces, such as the VLN Groups and Twitter, offer a choice of connections back to the main community and websites.
The monthly newsletter provides a summary of the activity across all 5 communities and directs subscribers to new content on the sites.

What are the Primary and Secondary ESOL mailing lists?

These moderated lists are open to all teachers of ESOL, and other interested educators, and are a place to share ideas, request help and resources, and establish professional relationships. Subscribers to the list will receive weekly ESOL updates and all emails sent by the community.

The Primary ESOL list is facilitated by Janet McQueen, and the Secondary ESOL list is facilitated by Breda Matthews.

How do I subscribe and unsubscribe?

Enter your email address into the forms here:

Joining the Primary ESOL mailing list

You need to be on the mailing list to send to, and receive emails from, others on the list. It's free and easy to do, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

The mailing list email address is:  primaryesol@lists.tki.org.nz

Joining the Secondary ESOL mailing list

You need to be on the mailing list to send to, and receive emails from, others on the list. It's free and easy to do, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

The mailing list email address is:  secondaryesol@lists.tki.org.nz

Where are the archives and are they searchable?

The archives are fully searchable but you must join the associated list in order to be able to view them. You can access archived posts online, you will be prompted for a username and password that is unique to that community and different to your personal password. You will receive this password when you sign up. If you are unsure of this please email  help@tki.org.nz.

Posting to the mailing list and responding to posts

Once you are signed up to the mailing list you can send posts to the mailing list by emailing either:

or by replying to an emailed post.

Guidelines for posting

These are moderated groups which means that all posts are approved by our facilitator before they are published to the community.

Please use these guidelines when posting a message to the community.

  • Be polite and professional in posting and responding to colleagues
  • Use clear and meaningful titles that explain your message and what you want people to do. For example, if you have a question or comment seeking others' views on teaching approaches to develop vocabulary, your title could read "Developing vocabulary – your views please". All posts are archived and specific titles help colleagues find topics previously discussed.
  • If your post is relevant to a particular region (for example, advertising a regional event or meeting), put that region in the title so you target your audience.
  • Write short, clear messages. Consider your busy audience and be concise. Avoid unnecessary text, for example, if you want to announce a call for a conference registration, post a summary and a link or an email address for more details, rather than all the information about the conference.
  • Attaching files. It is easy to upload a file which is moderated and then becomes a permanent resource for the whole community. Please make sure that any content you share is not subject to copyright.
  • Don't send spam or flames (an abusive message about another person), or solicitations.

Responding to a message

  • Private vs. public posting. When you respond to a message, your response automatically goes to the whole community – not just the original author. Respond privately if the original poster has asked for a private reply or you think that is appropriate.
  • Summarise the original message. Include the highlights and key points you're responding to. Make sure your response is adding to the conversation, for example, “I agree” does not add much to a thread.
  • Sign your messages with your name and email address. This is a courtesy and also enables people to reply to you individually.

Posts relating to education-based professional services may be approved for distribution if they are:

  • closely related to the community’s needs, that is, effective practice for English language learners
  • published once only
  • brief with a link to more information where appropriate.

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Updated on: 09 Feb 2015