Six Characteristics Of A Discourse Community

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A professional is an individual who is engaged or qualified in a profession that normally requires extensive training and a formal qualification. Similarly, a discourse community is a group of people who are engaged in a skill or profession that requires several qualifications to enter. Per John Swales, a discourse community requires six characteristics to become a community. These six attributes are related to the ones that make up a profession. These six characteristics are for the community to have public goals, intercommunication, feedback, genre, lexis, and a level of membership. For a profession, typically there are the goals of the company, intercommunication between employees, consumer feedback, individual social normative practices, …show more content…
I couldn’t agree more; everyone should look toward the future since they are forever changing the outcome of the present. Therefore, I must set goals for myself to enhance my life. In my past I set numerous objectives to achieve. For example, I set a goal to complete high school. No one in my immediate family had completed high school prior to my attendance. Once high school graduation was within my grasp I set a higher goal to achieve, college. Creating goals for myself open doors for other goals, which enabled me to become academically successful relative to my family. Throughout the course of setting and achieving my objective, I relied on my discourse communities to provide me with the resources I need to achieve success. These groups had their own individual interests that I either used to my advantage or that suppressed me. An example of a group benefiting from my advantage was with the Stanford Mathematics Tournament. I participated in this community at a competitive level which enabled my sponsors the opportunity for success, yet I also scholastically benefited from participating in this …show more content…
Another meaning that contrasts my use in the previous paragraph is one referring to a literary sponsor. In class, we read an article by Deborah Brandt in which she discussed sponsors as, “any agent, local or distant, concrete or abstract, who enable, support, teach, model, as well as recruit, regular suppress, or withhold literacy.” The term sponsor is referred to when discussing a topic that falls outside the conventional definition of literacy as, “reading and writing.” The purpose of a sponsor is related to my goals since I will likely have a handful of sponsors that aid my either in my induction into various discourse communities, or in my pursuit of other interests. These sponsors will provide educational opportunities outside of a discourse community. Therefore, while I may not spend all my time within the community, I will spend a large amount of time either learning from the sponsor and/or from the community. In terms of roles, my sponsor/community will teach me this information while I am the student/novice learning from them. Now that I’ve explained the definition of a sponsor and discourse community, I will describe how these groups will relate to my

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