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Title:A needs-analysis for international art students: talk in critiques
Author(s):Kierski, Julie Chang
Contributor(s):Walters, Francis S
Department / Program:Linguistics
Discipline:Teaching of English Sec Lang
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject(s):English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
English for Specific Purposes (ESP)
Second Language (L2) needs-analysis
art critique
Abstract:The purpose of my research is to provide a rich description of critiques—planned activities or periods of time in which feedback is given to student-artists on their artworks—as part of a needs-analysis to determine how best to equip incoming international students to engage in such critique tasks. Using triangulated data sources and methods, I provide an analysis of peer group critiques in an undergraduate first-year art and design course at a large research university in the United States. This includes a description of the organization of the talk in critiques, of the practices and sociocultural norms of giving praise and criticism in critiques, of students’ perceptions of critiques, as well as of instructors’ pedagogical goals for critiques. The analysis of the talk and interactions in critiques, coupled with students’ and faculty members’ perceptions of critiques, can eventually be used to develop materials and guides for international students, to inform learning objectives for an English for Academic Purposes course for art students, and also to make pedagogical and programmatic recommendations to art programs in order to best prepare international students to participate in critiques.
Issue Date:2015-04-30
Rights Information:Copyright 2015 Julie Chang Kierski
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-07-22
Date Deposited:May 2015

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