Purpose: To investigate a discourse community* (e.g. profession) you hope to join and to learn about the
kinds of texts (genres) that community uses.
This assignment will enable you to identify some of those
rules or patterns by interviewing a professional in your field of study and by doing outside research
Audience: Your instructor, your classmates, and other faculty members on the 100A portfolio committee.
: Any group of people who form a communityâ€”a family, a neighborhood,
colleagues, practitioners of a particular professionâ€”and establish informal and formal rules regarding
who gets to join their community and how spoken and written interactions (i.e. discourse) occur within the
community. Anyone who wants to join that community has to learn its discourse rules and patterns.