•In our first lecture we said that the university is an example of a discourse community and the means of communication among academics in the various disciplines is through academic writings and presentations. •What do we mean by communication in this context? •Communication refers to the transfer of information from a sender to a receiver. In this case, a researcher sharing his research findings with other researchers in a particular discipline. •Communication in the academia also takes the form of lecturers transferring information to students in the form of lectures, presentations and giving students exercises and assignments and receiving feedback. •Communication is therefore a process and it involves the exchange of meaning.
Receptive – listening and reading
Productive – speaking and writing
Primary – listening and speaking
Secondary – reading and writing