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ERIC Number: EJ1203169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1657-0790
Intercultural Components in the Multimodal Structure of a Language Learning Website
Fernández Benavides, Alejandro
PROFILE: Issues in Teachers' Professional Development, v21 n1 p59-74 Jan-Jun 2019
The emergence of language learning websites has generated changes in intercultural communicative practices. Particularly, these sites use a wide variety of modes of communication (visual, linguistic, spatial) which allow the presence of intercultural elements. This interpretative case study analyzes the semiotic structure of one lesson of the language learning website "Livemocha" in order to unveil the presence of intercultural elements in it. Data were analyzed following a method for multimodal analysis and Byram's model of intercultural communicative competence. Findings suggest the essentialist view of culture on "Livemocha," based on festivals and food, and the potential promotion of some of Byram's intercultural skills.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colombia