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Secondary ESOL mailing list

What is the Secondary ESOL mailing list?

This is a moderated list facilitated by Breda Matthews. It is open to all teachers of Secondary ESOL and other interested educators and is a place to share ideas, request help and resources and establish professional relationships. Subscribers to the list will also receive weekly Secondary ESOL Online updates.

How do I subscribe and unsubscribe?

To join the Secondary ESOL mailing list, enter your email address into the form below. Then select the 'Subscribe' button. You will receive an email to confirm your subscription and a link to the mailing list.

When you first join, please introduce yourself to the group, and feel free to suggest any discussion topics.

To unsubscribe, enter your email address into the form. Then select unsubscribe.

Where is the archive and is it searchable?

The archives are fully searchable but you must join the list in order to be able to view them. You can access this community's archived posts online, you will be prompted for a username and password. If you are unsure of this please email help@tki.org.nz or call 0800 858 525.

Joining the 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

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 secondaryesol@lists.tki.org.nz or by replying to an emailed post.

Guidelines for posting

This is a moderated group 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.

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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