Swale's Discourse Community

explanatory Essay
1648 words
1648 words

Putting Children First: A Discourse Community Analysis of a Daycare At Children’s First, our mission is to keep a safe, healthy, prosperous environment for children. Being a part of this community, I know firsthand what it takes to maintain an ideal setting for children to grow. It is essential for the caretakers to communicate, share information, and work together to put the children first. This core goal of ours, along with my own experience, analysis, interviewing, and observation demonstrate that Children’s First Daycare is a discourse community according to Swale’s six characteristics of a discourse community. Swale’s Six Characteristics Summarized John Swales received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University and became a professor of linguistics …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Explains that children's first daycare is a discourse community according to swale’s six characteristics.
  • Explains that children's firsts' philosophy is to "provide quality care and education for young children." about 33% are "new-comers" right now.
  • Explains that the workforce at children's first meets all characteristics of a discourse community. they interviewed an employee with one-year experience along with our director of fifteen years' experience.
  • Explains that children's first has a variety of specific words that not everyone outside it would understand. they use acronyms like dap, tnelds, and iters.
  • Explains that suzanne and wayne are the owners of the daycare, followed by mrs. beth, our director, older staff, and the newest members. this teamwork of all levels of experienced members plays a large role in the success of our day care.
  • Explains that children's first daycare meets all six of swales characteristics. they communicate and work together to achieve their main goal of putting children first.
  • States that a discourse community can be hard to define. swales defines genre as different types of communication.
  • Explains that children's first meets all of swale’s characteristics, starting with our core goal, which meets the first characteristic. effective communication is essential for the success of the community.

This is essentially reinforcing the second characteristic as well as stating that a discourse community should provide information and feedback through its means of communication. Sticking with the basketball team example, information and feedback would be given to the players, to critique them. They may have meetings with their whole team or separately with the coach. They’re given constructive criticism by their players and coaches for the betterment of the team. The fourth characteristic states, “A discourse community utilizes and hence possesses one or more genres in the communicative furtherance of its aims.” (221). Swales defines genre as different types of communication, not just verbal, but also written. Genres of a discourse community could be group messages, online posts, emails, notes, and more. Each discourse community is going to have different, specific genres they …show more content…

This means that a discourse community has an abundance of members ranging from entry level or new to members with years of experience and expertise. For example, in the restaurant business, you will have new employees, older employees, and the chain of expertise just keeps rising up to the bosses, owners, and CEO’s. Swales reiterates this idea when he says, “Survival of the community depends on a reasonable ratio between novices and experts.” (Swales

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