- This assignment is due by 11:59 PM on Thursday, 4/8.Conduct the interview that you’ve been preparing for over the past week. Then, transcribe your interview and submit your transcription and reflection to this assignment. Detailed instructions are included below. Preparing for Your Interview
- The person that you interview must be a member of the discourse community that you have chosen to study.
- You should have at least 10 interview questions prepared in advance. (You’ll also be able to ask follow-up questions on the spot during your interview.) Most, if not all, of your interview questions should be about the six features of a discourse community.
- IMPORTANT:The content of your interview questions will be worth a significant portion of your grade for this assignment. If your interview questions are interesting, but are not related to the six discourse community features, you will lose points.
- Your interview questions should be clear, open-ended, relevant, applicable, and unbiased.
- Please review the resources that explain how to write strong interview questions and how to conduct a successful interview. The resources are located in Tuesday’s and Thursday’s folders in Module 6.
- You can conduct your interview face-to-face (keep Covid safety precautions in mind), over the phone, or by using video conferencing app (BlueJeans, Zoom, Facetime, etc.). If none of these are viable options for you and your interviewee, you can conduct the interview via email instead. If you choose to conduct your interview over email, please reach out to me beforehand for guidance on how to be sure that you fulfill the requirements for this assignment.
During Your Interview
- You’ll need to record your interview so that you can transcribe it afterwards. You can use whatever app or technology you like to record your interview.
- Note: You will not be asked to submit a file of your recording for this assignment. The recording is for your transcribing purposes only.
- Transcribing your interview simply means typing it out verbatim based on what you hear in your recording.
- During the interview, be sure to ask follow-up questions. Follow-up questions are questions that you come up with on the spot based on your interviewee’s resposes to your pre-planned questions. Follow-up questions are important because they encourage your interviewee to elaborate on on something the’ve said, clarify a point they’ve just made, etc. Remember, your goal is to get relevant, helpful, and detailed responses about the six features of their discourse community.
After Your InterviewPlease submit one document to this assignment. It must be attached as a Microsoft Word document or Stevenson OneDrive document. No other file types (.pdf, pages, Google docs, etc.) will be accepted.Your one document should contain two things:1) your typed transcript of your interview 2) a brief reflection about what you learned about your interviewee’s discourse community. The reflection must be a minimum of 300 words in length (this equals a bit over half a page). Please type your reflection on the last page of your document (right below your transcribed interview).
Here are some guidelines for what to include in your reflection:
- Your reflection should describe some new and interesting things that you learned from your interviewee about the discourse community that you are studying.
- In your reflection, you should also evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of your interview in general. (How did it go? What were the “high” points and the “low” points of the interview? Do you think you did a good job as the interviewer — why or why not? Was your interviewee open and talkative, or shy (or somewhere in between)? Why do you think this was the case?
This assignment is worth 10% of your total course grade. Please view the rubric and make sure that you have fulfilled all of the criteria before you submit your assignment. Please remember the LATE WORK POLICY from the course syllabus:Assignments submitted after the due date and time will only be accepted up to 24 hours after the date and time, and late submissions will be lowered 10% of the assignments total points after your grade is calculated. That said, sometimes, it seems the world conspires to make everything due on the same day. If you notice a particular assignment thats due on a day when you have many other things going on, Im not totally inflexible. If you let me know in advance that you might need some extra time in order to turn in your best work, I will likely be willing to grant you an extension. Without an advance extension, assignments submitted more than 24 hours after the due date/time will not be accepted, and you will receive a 0 for that assignment.