ENC 1102: Methods Option 2

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<ul><li><p> 1 Methods </p><p> The question I will explore through my research project is how discourse </p><p>communities, lexis, genres and case studies help a dental office function properly. I </p><p>developed this question after reading most of the articles I have found and realized they </p><p>give broad definitions as to what each of my subtopics mean and what theyre all about </p><p>but not how they can be used in a real life situation, in this case a dental office. For </p><p>example, John Swales defines a discourse community as a group of people that shares </p><p>goals or purposes and uses communication to achieve them while Anthoney Liddicoat, </p><p>asserts that each discourse community has its own valued texts and norms of </p><p>communication which are determined both by the communicative needs of the discourse </p><p>community and by the patterns of communication found in the particular culture of the </p><p>writers. Although they are both correct they dont give insight as to why a discourse </p><p>community has valued texts or norms. </p><p>In order to further explore how these headings contribute to the practical use of a </p><p>dental office, I will conduct a study to see how they all rely on each other and if one of </p><p>the headings were missing, there would be no discourse community. I will interview my </p><p>hygienist, Iradia Reardon of Ira Kotch dental and ask her questions such as how she </p><p>communicates with her patients, how she communicates with the doctors, different </p><p>phrases or shorthand she might use and if her office has ever looked over case studies and </p><p>used them on future patients. By conducting this study I will be able to piece together </p><p>how my heading work together to help a discourse community run effectively. </p><p>Genre and Audience </p></li><li><p> 2 Since my project discusses the workings of a dental office, I will use dental </p><p>hygenists as my audience. I think its important to share my information with the new </p><p>dental hygenists because by understanding the role that genres play in their new </p><p>community, newly hired dental hygenists will be better prepared to meet the needs of </p><p>their community. When dental hygenists first get hiredat the office, they receive a </p><p>training manual which they must read in order to learn about their job. For this reason, </p><p>Im going to use this training manual as the model for the genre that I will present to the </p><p>dental hygenists. </p><p> The training manual is a printed paper with large headings, including the headings </p><p>What to know on your first day and How to get your paycheck. These headings are </p><p>bolded and colorful. Underneath the headings, there are short paragraphs that are written </p><p>in conversational language. These paragraphs address the hygenists as you and the </p><p>office as your new home, which may be intended to make the new employees feel </p><p>welcomed. This is something that I will also try to incorporate into my manual on genres </p><p>in the dental office. </p><p> In addition to the bolded headings, the manual uses some quotes from the dentists </p><p>themselves. It seems like citations are important in this genre, because there are multiple </p><p>direct quotes that have parenthetical references. The references are always listed at the </p><p>end of the sentences. There are also footnote citations that appear to be in MLA format. </p><p> Based on my analysis of the training manual, I will create a similar manual that is </p><p>written in conversational language, is organized into headings, uses language that helps </p><p>the new employees feel welcomed, and incorporated both parenthetical and footnote </p><p>citations. </p></li></ul>