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Secondary ESOL Community Guidelines

What is the Secondary ESOL mailing list?

What are the guidelines for posting?

How do I subscribe and unsubscribe?

Where is the archive and is it searchable?

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. Subscribers to the list will also receive monthly secondary ESOL Online updates.

What are the guidelines for posting?

Secondary ESOL community guidelines

The secondary ESOL community is a mailing list for teachers to seek and share ideas, approaches and resources about effective practice for secondary ESOL language learners, open to all secondary ESOL teachers and other interested educators. It is not a forum for political debate.

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

Breda Matthews facilitates this community.

How to subscribe and unsubscribe

To join the secondary ESOL community, visit the sign up page and enter your email address in the sign up form. Then click 'Subscribe'.

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

To unsubscribe, visit the sign up page and enter your email address in the form. Then click ‘Unsubscribe’.

Posting a message

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. The best way to share a file is through the Teacher Resource Exchange. It is easy to upload a file which is moderated and then becomes a permanent resource for the whole community. It is possible to send an attachment of up to one megabyte to the community (find the size by right-clicking on the file and choose 'Properties' in Windows or "Get Info” in Mac OS).

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.

Please note that posts related to commercial products do not imply endorsement by the Ministry of Education.

Archived posts

Keep in mind that all posts to the community are searchable and archived here as a permanent record of community discussion.

How do I subscribe and unsubscribe?

To join the Secondary ESOL mailing list, visit the sign up page and enter your email address in to the signup form. Then click 'Subscribe'.

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

To unsubscribe, visit the sign up page and enter your email address in to the form. Then click unsubscribe.

Where is the archive and is it searchable?

You can access this community's archived posts here. You can search for previous posts by keyword, subject, title, year or month using the search box top right of the message threads.

Published on: 22 Jan 2010




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