Subscribing to TESL-L

by Deborah Healey

For those of you who may not know about TESL-L, it is a listserv for English language teachers with a wealth of useful information. It has several 'branches' -- these are sublists that you can join if you are a TESL-L member. For our next activity, you'll practice subscribing to TESL-L if you are not a member already. Do that by sending a message to the machine:

In the body of your message, you'll use the following syntax, but substitute your first name and your last name:
For example, I subscribe as
SUB TESL-L Deborah Healey

When you subscribe, you'll get a message telling you about the many and various options for further activity, including joining the branches. The branches are:

TESLCA-L Technology, computers and TESL

TESLFF-L "Fluency First" and whole language online seminar

TESLIE-L Intensive English Programs, teaching and administration

TESLIT-L Adult Education and Literacy

TESLJB-L Jobs, employment, and working conditions in TESL/TEFL

TESLMW-L Materials Writers

TESP-L English for Specific Purposes

TESL-L generates a great deal of mail -- there are a lot of people who are subscribers. If it's too overwhelming, you have a couple of options, INDEX and DIGEST. The INDEX is a listing of messages by name and subject; to get the messages you want, you need to send another request to the listserv. The DIGEST just send you all the daily messages as one -- big -- message. To select either of these, send a message to
and in the body of the message, say



or, to go back to the original way,


If you decide you just want to be get mail from a branch and not from TESL-L, you can set TESL-L to NOMAIL. That way, you're still a subscriber and can get information from the archive or from a branch, but you won't be reading quite so many messages. The command is:


Once you're a TESL-L member, you can try some of the database activities we'll be talking about next.

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Last updated October 26, 1997 by D. Healey,