In groups, develop a discourse community utilizing and developing all six of Swales's characteristics.


  • an agreed set of common public goals
  • mechanisms of communication among members (newsletters, journals, etc.)
  • one or more genres in the communicative furtherance of its aims
  • participatory mechanisms primarily to provide information and feedback
  • a lexis
  • a level of membership with relevant content and discoursal expertise

After 20 minutes, students will display their discourse community to the class.