Essays on Discourse Community
A discourse community is essentially a group of people with similar goals and interests that communicate with each other with the aim to advance these goals. These communication groups share values, assumptions, the same mechanisms of communication, the same language (with a varying degree of formality, complexity, and corresponding terminology). Students and many other people are normally part of multiple discourse communities simultaneously and follow and participate in each of these frequently or even daily. Examples could be forums on how to give better speeches or on how to fulfill essay assignments. Essays on discourse communities may help students to view communication from a more formal perspective and to notice general patterns that apply to individual instances.