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Carolina Angulo English 1311 Community Discourse Map Response Everyone has a discourse community, a group of communicators with

a common goal or interest, in which they serve. It serves as a purpose for each individual being, whether it is for school, a paying or volunteer job, or even family roots. In several occasions you do not choose to be in a discourse community, you are born in it like a family or school, others you are integrated by friends or family (e.g. church group, school club, etc.) In my group of four people (Anna, Aldo, Alejandro, and myself) the three discourse communities that we chose were hispanic community, musical community, and UTEP community, which are three of the most common communities in students at UTEP. In my personal and professional life I form part of several discourse communities. One of the main one’s I form part of is the Hispanic community in El Paso. El Paso being sister city with Juarez brings many Hispanic roots over. Our Hispanic community is so large it covers 81.2% of the El Paso county population alone (US Census Bureau). Personally, I was born in El Paso but raised in Juarez, my parents are Mexican so it makes me a Mexican American, and studying in a country which is not part of my roots, complicated my integration with other communities. What mostly affects that integration is the way you were raised, and the way other kids were raised, you would find many differences, especially since the school I was from kinder garden all the way through eighth grade had really strong background on military family communities. You have to adapt to the changes and the way other people are raised in order to form part of other discourse communities. One of the texts that definitely separates us from other hispanic families

is the way we were taught our language, being a native spanish speaker, it came easy to learning how to read and write, but my fellow team members, for example, had to learn from just one parent or grandparent, which is different than learning it from both of your parents and listening to it ninety percent of your day. Music is another discourse community because you connect and you make even friendships out of the type of music you listen to just because you have that in common with a certain person, also you may get together with other people to listen and discuss that kind of music. Concerts, award shows, where you listen to your music, are some kinds of sub communities that you form part of because you share the same interests as the people who watch those award shows, assist those concerts, and even for those who choose where to listen to their music (computer, ipod, mp3 players, cd players, etc.) Many if not most people in every continent, country, and state, listen to music, it is inevitable. It is part of many people’s roots or taste but everyone listens to some type of music. My personal favorite type is country but just as I like country, I like jazz, and indie because I think every kind of music, every song, tells a personal story. In those kinds of songs and sometimes you even identify with them, making you feel a connection with that certain singer. Just as you feel that connection, many other people share the same interest to the song and its connection making you part of that community. My team members and I for example, I like the music they like, and that is a connection between us. One of my last and biggest discourse communities is being a UTEP student. Being a student at UTEP gives a whole other set of communities. Being in an organization, sorority, dance group, or sport sets you in that community, but being just a student gives you the same interest as your fellow classmates and peers, which is to succeed in college and have a career. Each class would count as a community itself because you and your peers are there for a specific

reason, for example, being in English 1311 gives us all as a whole class the purpose to learn to write. That is our interest in this class is to write as a college student and professional which sets everything at a specific standard no matter what major you might be in or field everyone needs to know how to write that is why we are all in this class. Also, it joins us and it teaches us about what my fellow classmates work in, or what their interests are. I feel this connection with several of my classmates, one of them in particular because he is a graduate from Cathedral High School, which is an all boy school, and I graduated from their sister school which is an all girl school. The reason for this connection is the simple reason that most of the people in my university graduated from public schools and I have never been in a public school, and nevertheless the past four years of my life I was with only girls, so to a certain point I was isolated from certain experiences. So having someone from a sister school gives me some comfort. All discourse communities that were presented are part of many college student’s life. Personally, I think the one people in my university have in common is being a UTEP student for the reason that everyone or at least most of the people going to college do so to achieve something greater than in the situation they are at the moment, or some just to have something to do, nevertheless every one is there to get a diploma. Also, the music discourse community is very common in most people in the world so everyone that likes music and likes to share music is part of the discourse community. Finally, the Hispanic Discourse community is part of most of the people in El Paso, because of its close relationship with Mexico, many people in El Paso speak and write Spanish. So everyone with any kind of Hispanic root is part of the community.

Music (acoustic, rock, indie, and country) Conventions-(similar): sharing music with one another, concerts (Different): different tastes in music, playing music Texts included: (similar): internet, phone ipod, (Different): guitar, lyrics Topics Discussed: (similar): music videos, award shows (Different): hip-hop, acoustic, rap, pop Language-(similar): lyrics based on experience, vocabulary introduced by artist (Different): experiences, body language, language of the lyrics

UTEP Students (management, psychology, multimedia journalism, and speech language pathology): Convention - (similar): Freshmen, basic classes, blackboard (Different): majors, classes, teachers Texts included: (similar): notes, email, books, texts, posters (Different): research topics, database Topics-(similar) :English class, campus (Different): class breaks, class length Language-(similar): English class assignments, terms used (Different): way of speaking with teacher and friends

Culture: (Hispanic) Convention: (similar): speak spanish, el paso (Different): family roots, ways of life

Alejandro, Aldo, Carolina, Anna

Texts Included: (similar): read and write in spanish (Different): learned to read and write differently Language: (similar) spanish as native language (Different) spanish as second language Topics: (similar) traditions, food , celebrations (Different) recipes

Community Discourse Map