Six Characteristics Of A Discourse Community

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Over the past week my class and I have been learning about a discourse community in our English composition class. Everyone belongs in a discourse community no matter how different you feel you are yourself from other people. If you have goals more than likely you share does goals with other people. In a discourse community you can be labeled in a community by the language you converse. This is called a speech community. Discourse community is slight different from a speech community. In the article John swales stated “A speech community typically inherits its membership by birth, accident or adoption; a discourse community recruits its members by persuasion, training or relevant qualification”. (Swales, 220). In this essay I will define the…show more content…
(Swales, 220). In the article the six characteristics is “ A discourse community has a broadly agreed set of common public goals, A discourse community has mechanisms of intercommunication among the members, A discourse community uses its participatory mechanisms, primarily to provide information and feedback, A discourse community utilizes and hences possess one or more genres in the communicative furtherance of its aims, In addition to owning genres, a discourse community has acquired some specific lexis, and A discourse has a threshold level of members with a suitable degree of relevant content and discoursal expertise”. (Swales, 220). A discourse community is a community of people who have the same interests and they share the same goals with each other. This definition gives a good understanding of how a discourse community possibly begins. A discourse community takes place all over the world and plays a key role in communication. I believe that each and every person in the world is involved in at least one discourse community in their life, it is important to understand the definition of this term. Being a part of a discourse community is an experience that everyone should have, whether it's a specific sports team that you participated in or watched, or an online community…show more content…
If we were not giving it our all at practice they would let us know and would yell at us. The meanest coach on the track team was Coach Ron. He didn’t care about anybody’s feelings if you were wrong u was wrong he would go off on you and wouldn’t show any remorse. All of our coaches would let us know how we were doing. I would receive positive feedback on how I was performing. Feed back is very important because if you’re doing something wrong, that feedback lets you know what you need to work on. According to swales “A discourse community uses its participatory mechanisms primarily to provide information and feedback.”

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