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Title: Intercultural components in the multimodal structure of a language learning website
Other Titles: Componentes interculturales en la estructura multimodal de un sitio web para el aprendizaje de lenguas
Authors: Fernández Benavides, Alejandro
Keywords: Intercultural communicative competence
Language learning websites
Multimodal social semiotics
Issue Date: 1-Jan-2019
Publisher: Universidad Nacional de Colombia
Abstract: 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. © 2019, Universidad Nacional de Colombia. All rights reserved.
ISSN: 16570790
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