TasTESOL is Tasmania’s professional association for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

TasTESOL provides professional development and networking opportunities throughout the year, including:

  • A state-wide conference held in Hobart (usually in April or May)
  • Forums and workshops with guest speakers (currently held online once a term)




2023 Forums

Term 1 – Joint Construction and Guided Instruction: Benefits for Tertiary English Language Learners

TasTESOL is happy to announce Emily Morgan, PhD University of Tasmania student, as our first presenter for 2023. Emily will present on Joint Construction and Guided Instruction: Benefits for Tertiary English Language Learners.

The Teaching/Learning Cycle and the Gradual Release of Responsibility teaching model have both been used regularly in primary classrooms with young learners, and their effects have been studied. While not all researchers support the use of these teaching models, the general consensus is that they provide a strong scaffold for teaching a wide variety of subjects, most particularly English. These teaching models have not yet been widely studied in the contexts of older learners or English as a foreign language. In my PhD research, I used the Gradual Release of Responsibility model to teach Japanese university students different English writing genres. In this talk, I will focus on my observations of the Joint Construction/Guided Instruction stage.

In this stage, students work as a whole class with the facilitation of the teacher to jointly construct texts or fragments of texts. This stage occurs after direct instruction and before pair or group work, as an intermediary opportunity to pool knowledge and consolidate understanding of the concepts before the teacher steps further away. One of the problems identified early on was students’ unwillingness to contribute, which at first seemed insurmountable. Ultimately, though, through persistence and adaptation, I found that the activities offered strong benefits to students and teacher, making it worth persevering with.

Date – Monday 6th March

Time – 5pm – 5:45pm


  • TasTESOL and Other TESOL association members – no cost
  • non-members – $15
  • students – $10

Bank Details – BSB: 067-002        Account number: 2800 6086

  • Please use full name as reference
  • Payments due by 3rd March
  • RSVP by Friday 3rd March to Forum Zoom link will be sent prior to the date.


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