• Think about the specific locale where you can observe the discourse community you've chosen to study.
    • How is this specific representation of the discourse unique? How is it connected to others like it?
    • How will you go about your observations? Do you need permission to observe them? Are you already active in them?
    • How can you separate yourself from the discourse in order to observe it objectively?

Catching Up

  • I asked for some homework to be done last week, but didn't have time to collect it. Please take a minute to email me your assignments so that I can give you credit for them. If you have them written physically, you can get them to me before you leave class.

Facilitation Work

  • Organize your groups by aspects of Ethnography:


  • Aspects of the discourse community:
    • Goals
    • Mechanisms of Communication
    • Information & Feedback
    • Genres
    • Lexis
    • Expertise
  • Procedural aspects of research:
    • Interviews
    • Quantitative observations
    • Qualitative observations
    • Participant (i.e. active) observations
    • Non-participant (i.e. passive)] observations
    • Thesis
  • Work in your teams to plan the interactive aspects of your facilitation.
    • You should use the information from your example to demonstrate how ethnography can help us understand the discourses that we participate in.
    • Be sure to connect the things you observed in the text to the Ethnography Project for this class!


  • Prepare the individual parts of your facilitation
    • Be sure to collaborate with your teammates if you have activities that require collaboration!