or project #3: Interview –  Students will conduct one 30-minute interview with an individual who has membership in the discourse community they have chosen to research.

ENG 2322

College of Professional Studies

Project #3
Oral History/Interview

The purpose of this assignment is to give you the opportunity to apply what you’ve already learned about primary and secondary research and to take it a step further: You will explore a discourse community with which you are unfamiliar, learn as much as you can through secondary research, and conduct an oral history interview in order to fill gaps in your knowledge. Here is a brief outline of your research journey:

Choose a discourse community. Please choose a community with which you are unfamiliar and would like to learn more about.
Develop a research question. What questions do you still have about the community? Narrow your focus by synthesizing your research (see next bullet point).
Research your community via secondary sources (you will need at least five for your synthesis matrix). This may include scholarly or non-scholarly sources, including a local history museum or historical society. It is important to stay cognizant of which sources will be helpful to you in learning about your community and why. Additionally, record a running list of questions about the community as your research.
Conduct 30-minute
interview. The person you interview must be willing to be audio recorded. In preparation for the interview, you will develop interview questions (these are different from your research question) and acquire audio recording equipment (If you have a smart phone, you can download a free app called “Otter.”) See also the following resources:
5 Best Audio Recording Apps for Android https://www.scriptosphere.com/5-best-audio-recording-apps-android/

Audio recording apps for iPhone https://www.guidingtech.com/audio-recording-apps-iphone/

Blackboard will accept the following file types for audio: Audio: AIFF, MP3, MIDI, MP, WAV, and WMA.
Remember: you need to get a signed consent form from the participant prior to completing the interview. See Blackboard for a consent form you must adapt for your use.
Write a five- to six-page
essay that profiles the discourse community you have chosen to research. It must include at least five sources (one primary (i.e., interview) and four secondary). It must include an abstract and cover page that do not count towards the page count.

The purpose of this assignment is multifaceted: (1) To develop your understanding of discourse communities by analyzing both explicit and implicit manifestations of culture within a discourse community with which you are unfamiliar. (2) Build upon prior knowledge of primary research to include conducting interviews. (3) Reflect on how inquiry contributes to a life of significance and worth. (4) Reinforce prior knowledge of locating and synthesizing secondary sources.

Project #3 Essay Rubric
The author wrote an essay that meets the assignment criteria in terms of subject matter. The ideas presented are on topic and are appropriate for the assignment.


Introduction: The author captured the reader’s attention and provided enough information for the reader to understand the thesis statement.

The author crafted a thesis/claim (which is underlined) in response to the assignment and it was appropriately placed.

The author provided necessary background information and/or explained specialized terminology.

Each body paragraph was well developed and supported the topic sentence; the author provided both relevant and adequate support for the thesis.

Overall, did the author make a connection between the thesis, topic sentences, and examples/proof in the essay?

The author effectively wrapped up the essay and restated the thesis in the conclusion.


The APA References page was formatted correctly and included the required number of sources.

The essay contained several well-chosen in-text citations (direct quote, paraphrase, or summary) that adhered to APA guidelines (including signal phrase, quotation marks, quoted material, and parenthetical citation).

The essay was formatted according to APA guidelines. It must include an abstract and cover page that do not count towards the page count (5-6 pages of text plus cover page and abstract total).

The essay met the length requirement – five- to six-page essay with at least five sources (one primary (i.e., interview) and four secondary)..


The essay was carefully proofread and edited.


The author crafted a compelling and appropriate title for the essay.

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Writing Instructions

Save your documents with your “Last Name Assignment Title” (EX: Smith Project 3).
Assignments must use APA document formatting and citations, including your full name, the course number, and the assignment title in the upper-left corner; title page, abstract, page numbers; and a title. See the following APA sample essay: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/apa_sample_paper.html

Assignments must fulfill all requirements and be proofread to be graded.
Rough and final drafts must have at least five pages of double-spaced essay text. (cover and abstract not included in five pages count).



Discourse Community

Discourse community means that people in a certain group share specific rules and ideas that is common to all the people in the group. These rules should be observed by every person in the group. This groups have a common way to talk about their goals and ambitions. In every discourse community there are benefits and disadvantages which come about when one is a member of the group.
. Facebook is one of the discourse communities and I have decided to talk about it since I am a member. It is a social media platform that plays a lot of roes in the lives of people including myself. This community we get to meet people from all the parts of the world who followed all the requirements in order to join. These people are all from different occupations and this helps a lot in learning more about other people’s way of life and we get to obtain ideas that will be essential in bettering our lives. This information helps others to change their lives and be better and appreciated people in the community as a whole.
Facebook comes with a lot of benefits first; it is use for communicating (Hemphill et al., 2021,). It is the most popular means of communicating through social media. People use it to communicate with family members, friends, workmates and their business partners. People also get to meet new people there who may be of great importance and help to them. Most people in Facebook have profile pictures which help in easy identification of people who you have stayed for a long time without communicating and had lost contact with and know no traces of where they can be found. Through this platform you get to find people who will understand you better than you can imagine.
Secondly; it is used in relationships. People get to meet each other here and may decide to spend their lives together forever. This is because they get to find people that love what they love and have interests in things that interest them. With this similarity their bond grows and they decide to meet each other in person and know each other better which as a result that may date and even marry and create a family (Han, Feia & Fitzwilliams, 2013). It is also used in promotion of economic activities. These economic activities are so important to the wellbeing of the individual since it generates income. People are able to advertise their products and people who are interested may come to their inbox and an agreement is reached.
Moreover, it is also used in giving new updates about what is currently happening in the country and many other places. When any news pops up it will trend here where everybody will see it and everybody in this platform will be aware of what is going on. Products are also advertised here increasing their popularity. Facebook also has its disadvantages. These include the risk of getting addicted (Hemphill et al., 2021,). Many people who are using this platform tend to get addicted since they are tempted to keep on checking on the new trending updates communicated there. Some videos may tend to be of bad influence to people who are not supposed to view it. Most people get to take most of their following the stories in this platform wasting their time on things which are not so important to their lives. It limits people from posting some things which may be of bad influence and that may ruin their reputation which prevents them their freedom people are limited on posting things that are related on their kind of lifestyle and what they do for a living. They are not able to post things that interest them but they cannot post because if their efforts in trying to please their viewers.
Time consuming is also another aspect. This comes about since it has videos and games that are so interesting and captures the attention of most of the viewers. The members who get to play this games and watch this videos tend to frequent this platform to play and watch the videos wasting a lot of valuable time.
In conclusion, Facebook as an example of a discourse community has a lot of advantages than the disadvantages. It has helped a lot of lives and people are able to live better lives and as a result bringing about economic development. It has also greatly helped in education in the society.


Han, S., Feia, E., & Fitzwilliams, C. (2013). Perceived benefits and stress of Facebook use in college students. PsycEXTRA Dataset. https://doi.org/10.1037/e594812013-001

Hemphill, L., Million, A., & Erickson, I. (2021). How nonprofits use Facebook to craft infrastructure. First Monday. https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v26i3.10265

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