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WRT101S discourse community

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    Introduce the observation essay topic by briefly telling me the place you chose to observe and what you plan to talk about in this essay.
Description of Community
    Describe in at least two paragraphs what you saw when you went to go observe your community. Use both objective and subjective descriptions as well as the use of your senses.
5 Discourse Community Characteristics

Explain in detail how your community meets all of Swales’ characteristics.

o    1. A discourse community has a broadly agreed set of common public goals.
o    2. A discourse community has mechanisms of intercommunication among its members.
o    3. A discourse community utilizes and hence possesses one or more genres in the communicative furtherance of its aims.
o    4. In addition to owning genres, a discourse community has acquired some specific lexis.
o    5. A discourse community has a threshold level of members with a suitable degree of relevant content and discoursal expertise.
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Underneath number 5 include a hierarchy graph of your community
    Briefly conclude your essay by returning to the main points and stating its purpose.


Swales, J. (1990). The concept of discourse community. In Downs and Wardle (Eds.), Writing about writing (p. 466-473). Boston, MA: Bedford-St. Martin’s.