Mr. WhickerEnglish 151March 5, 2012
Online Instruction VS. Discourse CommunityBefore you can blink it seems that there is some new part of technology that hasadvanced. Whether it is from the iPhone 4 to the iPhone 4s, a MacBook Pro to anIpad, or Skype to Facetime, the advancement of technology keeps changing. Take thewell-known discussion of discourse communities, if everything starts to become basedon using technology like the advancement of being able to take courses online; doesthat still fall in the lines of what is considered a discourse community? With theadvancement of technology it is hard to sometimes keep up and in order for the classto be beneficial the teachers need to know what they are teaching. Taking an onlineclass can be beneficial and really help any person with convenience, but is it stillproviding the same benefits that it would be to be in a class and to have that
“discourse community.”Porter defines a discourse community as, “a group of individuals bound by a
common interest who communicate through approved channels and whose discourseis regulated. An individual may belong to several professional, public, or personal
discourse communities.” (Porter, 91).In John Swale‟s article, “
e Concept of Discourse Community,” he
goes intodetail and clarification of what a discourse community entails and proposes sixcharacteristics that are necessary to use to identify a group of individuals as adiscourse community. First, the discourse community must have a set of commongoals. Second it must have a mechanism to communicate among the members; third,the discourse community will use its mechanisms to provide information and feedback.