Drafting the Discourse Structures of the Graduate School Academic Colloquium



  • Joan C. Ravago Central Luzon State University, Philippines
  • Gina O. Gonong Philippine Normal University – Manila
  • Joel M. Torres Central Luzon State University


Discourse Analysis, semantic macrostructure, schematic superstructure, academic colloquium


Using the data transcriptions from the communicative events obtained from four participating universities, 33 graduate students, and 26 panel of experts, this paper examines several colloquium events in the Philippines to identify any existing “global” structure of discourse categorized into semantic and schematic superstructures (van Dijk, 1980). Results show that the semantic macrostructure of a colloquium is reflective of its collective goal, and that the participants focus on the improvement of graduate students’ paper. In addition, the discourse of the colloquium has a stable schematic superstructure that is always followed in realizing the collaborative end of the colloquium. Each phase consists of both obligatory and optional features that define/reflect the institution’s identity and practice. Understanding these structures may help candidates of graduate school degrees surpass the challenging task of writing theses and dissertations with an advantage.

Author Biographies

Joan C. Ravago, Central Luzon State University, Philippines

Dr. Joan C. Ravago is an Associate Professor at Central Luzon State University, Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija Philippines. She has been in the academe for the past 23 years where she focused her attention to teaching language. Her Doctorate degree in Linguistics, where she specialized in Applied Linguistics, was obtained from the Philippine Normal University, the premiere school of teacher education in the country.

Gina O. Gonong , Philippine Normal University – Manila

Dr. Gina O. Gonong is a faculty member at the Philippine Normal University, Manila, Philippines. Her doctorate degree in Applied Linguistics was conferred at the same university. She has authored several publications tackling linguistics. Dr. Gonong is currently the director of the Research Center for Teacher Quality, which is an institutional partnership between PNU and the University of New England-Australia.

Joel M. Torres, Central Luzon State University

Dr. Joel M. Torres is an Associate Professor at the Secondary Education Department, College of Education, Central Luzon State University. He completed Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics at De La Salle University-Manila. He co-authored research articles in the fields of Philippine English, Bilingualism and Bilingual Education, Second Language Acquisition and Learning, Discourse Analysis, and Language and Gender that were published in Scopus-indexed and internationally refereed journals.



How to Cite

Ravago, J. C. ., Gonong , G. O. ., & Torres, J. M. (2020). Drafting the Discourse Structures of the Graduate School Academic Colloquium. Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis, 1(1), 20–36. https://doi.org/10.48185/spda.v1i1.86