Discourse community underpins the understanding of shared values and norms among members of a group with common interests. Many groups have manifested their shared common interests forming a discourse community. One of a group that has manifested the prominent discourse community membership is the Freegans. The formation of this group was instigated by the need to reduce overspending and wastage of resources. For this reason, the need to use what is deemed spoilt instigated Minnie, Rex, and Wimpy to join Freeganism. According to Rex, people continue to waste stuff that can be reused or those that have not lost their use and value. Therefore, practicing frugality and saving behavior encourages over-consumption and reduce wastage of resources. Equally important, Minnie, Rex, and Wimpy use particular identity kits to identify themselves with Freeganism. Indeed, the kits include buying second-hand items, mending torn clothes, making their basic items, which are possible to make, limiting unplanned spending, and reusing reusable goods. The identical kits are very pertinent in highlighting a person’s membership to a discourse community.
I am part of the football discourse community. I am a fluent member who understands different terminologies used in this discourse. Thus, football, like any other game, has terminologies, which are difficult to comprehend for a newbie or people who have no idea in the game. For instance, players are organized in different formations when they are in the field. The formations are adopted depending on the instructions of the coach. The ‘diamond formation’ is denoted as 4-4-2 where there are four defenders, four midfielders, and two strikers. Full back is a term used to refer to the defender on the left or right flank. Center half is used to refer to the central defender near the goalkeeper. Center forward is used to refer to the main striker. Touchline is meant the edges of the playing ground. A throw in is when the ball is thrown using hands after it has veered off the playing ground. The last man is used to referring to the defender behind other defenders. His role is to clear balls that pass the other defenders. Unlike the other defenders, he does not necessarily have to mark the offensive opponents. Attacking midfielder refers to a midfield player whose major role is attacking while a defensive midfielder role is to help in defending the midfield area. Offside trap is a technique used by players to put their opponents in an Offside position.
I become acquainted with the knowledge and fluency in football through watching, reading, and participating in this game. Listening, practicing and observing played a major role in helping me fit well in this community. Fluency in the football discourse is marked by the ability to analyze a football match and note mistakes made by the coach and the players. Therefore, fluency is exhibit through the ability to digest the instructions from the coach.
Moreover, I am an apprentice in hockey. My fluency is affected by the inability to comprehend what different terminologies refer to since their meaning is different from those used in football. However, I can improve through interactions with hockey players, observe and increased participation. Moreover, learning of the rules of the game would be beneficial to me because it will enhance engagement in the field.