Lesson 11

Announcements and Logistics

  • Conference schedule opening up on Tuesday
    • Voluntary through the rest of the assignment progression

Using the RAB as a tool

  • How is work going on this project? Who's done some reading? Any recommendations?
  • Quotations vs summary and paraphrase: to quote or not to quote?
  • We need to establish some sort of citation practice for referring to the RAB in our own writing

Group discussion and response: Research methods, Data analysis, and Conclusions, Swales Vs Gee

Each group will focus on one or the other of these passages:
Swales: paragraphs 18 - 21
Gee: from "As a linguist" on PDF p 5 to end of the section

  • take a few minutes to refresh yourself on the example/analysis section of your piece
  • use the questions from section A and C on the BP3 assignment sheet and try to answer them about your given author's piece
  • develop a quick (3 - 5 minute) oral presentation to present your findings back to the class

Time: 20 - 25 minutes

For next time

NB: I do not expect every student to read every one of these readings. Each student should pick two to be the expert on. This is the reason you are writing BP3, to fill your group-mates in on the usefulness (or not) of the articles they might not have read in great detail. Before you leave today, decide who is going to write about which readings. Try to cover them all among your four group members


  • Ann M Johns, “Discourse Communities and Communities of Practice: Membership, Conflict, and Diversity” (PDF)
  • Elizabeth Wardle, “Identity, Authority, and Learning to Write in New Workplaces” (PDF)
  • Tony Mirabelli, “Learning to Serve: The Language and Literacy of Food Service Workers” (PDF)
  • Sean Branick, "Coaches Can Read, Too: An Ethnographic Study of a Football Coaching Discourse Community" (PDF)
  • Mary Bucholtz, "'Why be Normal?' Language and Identity Practices in a Community of Nerd Girls." (PDF)


  • Compose initial draft of BP3 and come prepared to discuss it on Tuesday, 3/12
  • BP3 will be due to the blog by 10pm Tuesday night
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