Academic Discourse Essay

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The definition of a discourse community is as yet undefined; it does however require a set of specific characteristics, which allow the term to be narrowed until the point when many competing notions are eliminated. It is more a set of ideas, relating to the world of research and academic writing. There are many uncertainties surrounding the qualities and characteristics of a discourse community, many of which rise from a lack of definition. The following research is aimed at reducing confusion by identifying complex ideas and breaking them down. The information provided has been obtained through various sources of conflicting views, further illustrating the complexity of the topic. Many school settings are considered discourse…show more content…
It resembles many other degree programs at university, having regular classes and tests of acquired knowledge. Once penetrated, however, one can find that some of the traits grouping them together are in fact the same traits distinguishing them from each other. It depends on the level of penetration.

Within the community I have chosen, there seems to be a great deal of essay writing. This is the most common genre found in use. The student is assigned a detailed topic and is expected to complete the necessary research in order to compile a coherent and thought provoking argument. There is a required structure for the essay, as well as criteria that must be included. Students, also known as `novices', then present their arguments to the professor or teaching assistant, also known as the experts, for evaluation. This is a suitable way for students to express the knowledge they have acquired throughout lessons, as it allows them to be creative. This also provides a chance for students to demonstrate the effectiveness with which they are able to follow instructions.

I order to be accepted into this community, a student must complete academic courses aimed at preparing them. These may be known as prerequisites. In order to gain entrance into higher level academic courses, a student must successfully complete lower level courses. This also gives the student a solid foundation on which they can
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