You MUST demonstrate that you have understood the reading by making reference to it and applying to your observations in order to connect your reading to your research “Mini-Field Project” (MFP).
Take the following steps to complete your third mini-field experience.
Identify a language community that you wish to study. You might study any of the language communities that you are a part of, including family and friend groups, professional circles, or other social circles. You might also choose to study a community that is not your own.
Enter that community, and get to know those inside of it. You may already feel very much at home there, and this is fine. If you dont, take time to visit this community, and get a sense of who these people are, what they value, and how they engage with one another.
Take note of how many people you will be observing as well as their distinguishing features. For instance: How many men, women, and children comprise the entire population? What are their roles within this population?
Notice everything, but try not to judge. Document what you see and hear. Gather thorough evidence that help you answer the following questions: What is happening? How is it happening? How do you know? Why might it be happening? Capture quantitative data in the form of numbers (X number of people did Y). Capture qualitative data as well (photos, recordings, and written notes about what you see and hear). These are your data.
Document these observations as well. You will likely notice several different scenarios unfolding, and eventually, you may choose just one to report on.