What is the Secondary English mailing list?
This is a moderated list facilitated by David Schaumann. It is open to all teachers of secondary English and other interested educators and is a place to share ideas, request help and resources, and establish professional relationships. Subscribers to the list will receive weekly English updates and all emails sent by the community.
How do I subscribe and unsubscribe?
Enter your email address into the form here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 passwordthat 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 email@example.com or call 0800 858 525.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- 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.
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