Monday, October 29, 2012

New Project 3 Proposal

I guess since Facebook won't really work, I'll study Nelsonville Water Park Life Guards. This community also meets the six characteristics as stated by Swales.

·      Broadly agreed set of common public goals:
o   Life Guards have one main goal- protect the lives of swimmers. To do so, every life guard knows that first aid, AED, and CPR certification is necessary. Knowledge of proper save thechniques is essential as well as cooperation with fellow guards and knowledge on how to check, change, and maintain proper chemical levels.

·      Mechanisms of intercommunication among members:
o   The main mechanism for communication with members is face-to- contact on the deck (area around the pool) or in the office. Telephone calls, texts, and social media sites are used for outside communication regarding meetings and scheduling.

·      Uses its participatory mechanisms primarily to provide information and feedback:
o   As stated above, there are several communication options for the life guards of Nelsonville Water Park. Face-to-face contact usually involves sharing information of possible hazards around and in the water and feedback on experiences with particular swimmers. Phone calls, texts, social media sites, and the meetings themselves usually regard information on scheduling or new rules and feedback on the performance of the staff.

·      Utilizes and hence possess one or more genres in the communicative furtherance of its aims:
o   Genres utilized among the Nelsonville Water Park Life Guards include memos, first aid incident forms, work schedules, the American Red Cross Life Guard Guide, and the procedures for first aid, CPR, and AED use. Also any communication via phone or internet.

·      Has acquired some specific lexis:
o   Lexis is essentially jargon. Jargon used among the Nelsonville Water Park Life Guards includes deck, surface dive, rotate, splash, lanes, and many more.

·      Has a threshold level of members with a suitable degree of relevant content and discoursal expertise:
o   At the Nelsonville Water Park, experts are the managers and head guards. Regular members are returning guards, and novices are the new guards hired each summer. 


  1. Stephanie-- Studying the Nelsonville Water Park Life Guards is perfect! Facebook probably would have been challenging in terms of some of the assignment requirements.

  2. I think this will be a better topic for you than Facebook. I am not a lifeguard myself so I may not be able to directly relate to your topic, but I am able to see where they can form their own discourse community. Great idea and hope it turns out great!