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Mailing lists

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 during term time 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?

Subscribe to the Primary ESOL mailing list.

Subscribe to the Secondary ESOL mailing list.

Posting to the mailing list and responding to posts

Once you are signed up to the mailing lists you will begin receiving emails. You can send your own emails to the list using the following email addresses.

The Primary ESOL mailing list email address is: [email protected]

The Secondary ESOL mailing list email address is: [email protected]

You can also reply to any emailed post.

Where are the archives and are they searchable?

The archives are fully searchable once you have joined the mailing list.

You will require a username and password. The username and password are the ones you used to subscribe to the list. If you have forgotten your password, a new one can be set from the mailing list login screen.

You can access this community's archived posts here:

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.
  • 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 if 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.
  • Don't send spam or flames (an abusive message about another person), or solicitations.

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.

You might also like to join one of the other mailing lists

Updated on: 09 Feb 2015