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DSGN 2006-1B English for Studio Practice (2015): Home

This is the online resource for DSGN 2006-1B for Summer 2015. Students are expected to access this site for information on their assignments and projects. This site contains updates and extra resources for the course, too.

Description of Course

"English for Studio Practice helps students who use English as an additional language build verbal strategies and critical skills for negotiating art-specific academic contexts. As a studio-based course, language skills development will be rooted in authentic art creation activities, such as peer critique, artist talks, curation, and public interaction. The ultimate goal is to help students increase precision, clarity, and confidence in their English usage as they begin articulating their studio practices at NSCAD."


  • 1 pad of newsprint
  • 2B, 4B, and 6B pencils, eraser, knife/sharpener
  • mayfair
  • USB key—8 GB or larger
  • journal for tracking new vocab
  • other materials as needed

Info for our Next Class:


Follow up from Tuesday's Class (July 14th):

On Tuesday, we pushed our use of elements and principles as we began critiques for assignment 2. We made audio recordings of each critique. For HOMEWORK for FRIDAY, you are each expected to transcribe a short segment of one of the critiques. Here is the list:

Student Name Audio File Name Section to Transcribe
Betty  Betty_Assign2 02:00-07:00
ChiaoWei ChiaoWei_Assign2 03:50-08:20
Jim Xi JimXi_Assign2


Tang Tang_Assign2 01:46-06:50
Jim Nao JimXi_Assign2 07:30-09:00 and 11:29-15:19
William Betty_Assign2 00:25-02:00 and 06:52-10:43
Zoe ChiaoWei_Assign2  08:22-13:03


For Friday (July 17th):

On Friday, you are expected to bring a transcription of a two-minute segment of your audio recording from Tuesday's crits. Please make sure that these transcriptions are completed in Microsoft Word, Open Office, or a similar word processing program, so that we may digitally cut and paste everyone's together to create a corpus.


• Type out what you hear exactly as you hear it. It should look something like a script, with the speaker's name followed by a colon, then their words.


      Becka:       But contrast isn't the main principle going on here. I think it's really about emphasis.

      Jim Nao:    No, no... I don't agree with you.

      Zoe:          I think you're both wrong.


• If the speaker doesn't finish their word or their sentence, use an em-dash or ellipses to indicate that it is not a finished thought.

   Example of em-dash: I think tha-- that it looks good.

   Exampe of ellipses: I think tha... that it looks good.


• If the person spoke too quietly, write "(inaudible)" to indicate that you can't make a reasonable guess at what they said.


We will conclude Assignment 2 critiques on Friday (Jim Nao, William, and Zoe). In the second half of class, we will initiate our collaborative midterm project. MIDTERM IS NEXT WEEK!

Your next 10 words for your journal are also due on Friday. Please remember that I am looking for you to write PARAGRAPHS about the words you chose, not just make a standard vocab list with a dictionary definition... put yourSELF into this assignment!


I look forward to seeing your work!




Follow up from Friday's Class (July 24th):

Midterm presentations are now wrapped and we're on to the second half of our course. We have now spent several classes practicing formal analysis and relating our observations to abstract concepts in our critiques. In other words, we practiced language as a tool for helping improve one's artwork. Language was practiced as a tool. 

Now, we will turn our attention toward speaking in a presentation context: how do we use language as an ingredient (along with other kinds of visual and sound elements) to convey meaning? Here, language will be practiced as a medium. Your third assignment (DUE FRIDAY, JULY 31) will focus on this. Your fourth assignment (DUE...) will rely on BOTH kinds of language skills.

So, for Tuesday's class (July 28th), we'll do some light analysis of our transcripts, focus on common problem areas for grammar, and practice our speed in spoken responses to viewing art.


Need Help?


**If you need to access our classroom (N201) outside of class time, just contact NSCAD Security (902-877-0764) and they'll let you into our room.**  

1.   Make an appointment to meet with me.

         I am available for appointments on Wednesday and Thursday 10am-12noon.

         Email me at

         Please e-mail me to make an appointment.


2.   Make an appointment with a FREE WRITING TUTOR at NSCAD's Writing Resource Centre.

      Visit the Writing Centre in S403 on the Fountain Campus in the summer semester.


3. Check out the NUTS AND BOLTS tab on this guide.

      You'll find help for:

  • vocabulary
  • grammar
  • idioms
  • and more, as the semester develops


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Becka Barker
Intermedia (Academy)
Design (Fountain)
Foundation (Port)