The Systemic Functional Linguistics Interest Group (SFL Interest Group, or SFLIG in short) was first created on Facebook on the 12th of May in 2014 by Vinh To when Vinh was a PhD student in educational linguistics at the University of Tasmania, Australia. The purpose of this Facebook Discussion Group is to provide a forum for networking with other research students and SFL scholars, and to support those who are new to SFL, and have limited access to SFL resources and discussions with experts.
During May 2014 and July 2015, Vinh was the sole Admin of this professional group. In July 2015, Ahmar joined as the second Admin. Yufei He and Dongling (Mus) Zhang joined the group as additional Admins in late 2018. Yufei served as one of the Admins for the group for one year (from late 2018 to late 2019). Ahmar served as an Admin for the Facebook Discussion Group until late April 2020.
Vinh actively promoted this group in different forums, and quickly built this group by creating different social flatforms for it including a Facebook Page, a Twitter Account, a Website, a Gmail Account, a YouTube channel, and a Mailing list within three weeks in late April and early May. Also in this period, Vinh did all preparations for the organisation of the first SFL webinar series from June to November 2020, with the support from Mus Zhang for the registration in China and other admins and invited speakers for chairing the sessions.
The Facebook Discussion Group still keeps its own purposes in networking, providing resources and providing a forum for SFL discussions. With a number of new social flatforms, the SFL Interest Group will also do other activities to support members, with the organisation of the SFL webinars in 2020 as the first initiative. The SFL Interest Group Facebook Page, Twitter Account, Website, Gmail, YouTube channel, and Mailing list have been created to communicate with SFL members about the current and future group activities.
Vinh also called for nominations for the Admin post in different continents and received interest from Kathryn, Eszter, Thomas, Isaac and Jacqueline. The group has international admin team members which represent different continents since 26 April 2020.