“Discourse Community” (DC)

We have defined the concept of a “discourse community” (DC) as a social group that communicates, in part, using written texts but also shares common goals, values, writing standards, specialized vocabulary, and specialized genres.  As we have learned, writing is a social act—an act of connecting with others for multiple purposes.

Purpose: The purpose of this assignment is to investigate and reflect upon how you and your writing is shaped by and shapes the various discourse communities (DC) with which you belong.

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Audience: Your audience will be your instructor and scholarly peers, and you can assume that they have only a casual knowledge of your discourse communities (DC).

Genre: A critical reflection essay is an academic genre that combines two types of thinking: reflective and critical. The goal of reflective thinking is to try to learn more about yourself and your world by considering your deeply-held assumptions – about knowledge, the way you perceive events and issues, and/or your beliefs, feelings, and experiences. When you think critically, you examine your thoughts, feelings, experiences through the ideas, concepts, and theories presented by others. The goal is to challenge your thinking about a subject, to provide yourself and your readers with new insights.

Prompt: After having constructed your map (check attached file for my map discourse’s communities) of various communities, you will write a 1000-1200 word essay that analyzes the Discourse of one of these secondary communities. Be sure to frame your analysis through the lens Gee and Swales has provided: that is, use their words/concepts to help analyze your lived experience.

● How does your experience compare and contrast with what the scholars have to say?

● Do you agree, disagree, want to extend or challenge any of the claims they have made?


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