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Yami Navarro

RWS 1301
2/9/15

Discourse Communities
Writing is one of the most essential skills used in todays society. It helps us convey our
ideas and communicate them with people more effectively, whether it is to inform, persuade, or
entertain. The kind of writing one use differs depending on our discourse communities, such as
personal, academic, civic or professional. It is important to consider your audience, purpose, tone
and voice in order to be a more successful writer.
Friends are the audience members within my personal discourse community. Some of the
purposes for writing in this community may include to inform, to keep in touch, or to remind
each other of an event. Some of the most typical genres and medias used between friends may
include text messaging, as a quick way to contact each other, Face Time for long distance
relationships, and social networks, such as, Twitter and Facebook, on a daily basis to keep
everyone updated of what theyre up to. We like to gossip, talk about everyday life events, and
staying communicated with each other. In my personal discourse community we have a very
improper grammar and language. When talking to friends we often find ourselves using slang
language and a significant amount of abbreviations to shorten our sentences, such as, what R U
doin? What R U up 2? or come thru, meaning, come over. When trying to become a
member of a personal discourse community you should look for a group of people who might
have similar interests as you, whether you share a passion for cars, sports, or a hobby.
My civic discourse community consists of the national referee association. Our audience
includes all officials, instructors, assignors and assessors as well as other referees, spectators and
players. Writing is highly defined by our association because we our constantly writing, taking

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RWS 1301
2/9/15

notes during every game, keeping track of the score, or writing down any interferences, such as,
penalty kicks, direct or indirect kicks, to later determine if more time is needed at the end of
every half time. In order for our notes to be understandable we need to make them as clear and
specific as possible, at the end of every game a neat, professional report is to be written. We
could use a couple of different genres, such as, sending e-mails to our director or making phone
calls to report any inconveniences during the game. As a referee it is important to stay
professional on the field, and to communicate with the players and coaches, some of the topics
include the rules, we have to make them clear to them to avoid any misunderstandings, and
therefore, we should be able to really express ourselves. We also make sure every player is
following the dress code. As a referee we have a few guidelines, although some people could be
rude to us, we must always remain calm and respectful to the audience, and spectators. Some of
the soccer terms could include corner kicks penalty kicks and penalty kicks to indicate a
foul. In order to become a member of my civic discourse community you must first register for
the classes online, go through a process of exercises and pass a series of exams to prove you are
qualified.
For eight months now, I have been part of the professional discourse community of the
Whataburger family. Becoming part of my professional community was a bit challenging,
because you must first apply online and go through a series of interviews in order to get hired.
Our audience pertains to our employer(s), coworkers, and costumers. The purpose of writing in
my professional community is to take orders and to write down any complaints about our
services. It is important to be specific when taking orders because you do not want to make any
mistakes, it is our goal for the costumer to leave as highly satisfied as possible. Being a
Whataburger team member means the appropriate use of tone and voice, especially as a service

Yami Navarro
RWS 1301
2/9/15

ambassador, since my job is to smile and talk very kindly to our customers. I like going around
to every table asking if everyone is doing fine, having a goodtime, or enjoying their meal. Some
of the topics written in this community have to do keeping our orders under four minutes,
cleaning the store at the end of every shift, restocking everyones station, and keeping up to date
with the inventory. In the professional discourse community we have very strict conventions. We
have to be kind and respectful at all times, talk as an educated person, no profanity is acceptable
at any time and the customer is always right. Specialized language includes greeting the
costumers with a smile as they walk in the store and saying Hi! Welcome to Whataburger to let
them know we are happy to have them. We say bye, thank you for coming or have a
wonderful day!.
The academic discourse community was the most challenging community to join. The
University of Texas at El Paso is my academic community and in order to become a member you
must have at least a high school diploma and complete a series of tests to qualify under the
college level courses. The purpose of writing in my community is not only to further our
education but also to develop our intellect. It is important to use the appropriate grammar and
language when directing yourself to a professor, keeping in mind that respect is crucial in a
learning community. Writing topics are always pertaining to the course we are taking and we
often find ourselves writing about our understanding on the subject. We do this by convening our
ideas on paper, or electronically, such as, via email or blackboard.
In order to survive as an intellectual person in todays society you must know how to
write and propose your ideas effectively. We leaned that it is crucial for you to communicate
properly in any of the discourse communities and that it is important to remember that they each
have different guidelines, tone, and specialized languages.

Yami Navarro
RWS 1301
2/9/15