Characteristics of Effective Intercultural Multimedia Material in the English Language Class

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Diana Jánica
Lourdes Rey
Nayibe Rosado


This paper describes a research study aimed at identifying the characteristics that multimedia material should have in order to promote the development of intercultural competence in undergraduate students at the Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla, Colombia (Uninorte). Specific pedagogical and technological features were explored in this research. Results showed that the use of the ICT (Information Communication Technologies) promotes the development of intercultural competence; facilitates self-directed learning processes and increases motivation. Findings also led to the definition of very specific features for this type of material.

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Jánica, D., Rey, L., & Rosado, N. (2006). Characteristics of Effective Intercultural Multimedia Material in the English Language Class. HOW Journal, 13(1), 153-164. Retrieved from
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Diana Jánica, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla

Diana Jánica. M.A. in education, specialization in new technologies applied to education and teaching English as a foreign language from Universidad del Norte in Barranquilla. She is a coordinator and professor at Universidad del Norte as well.

Lourdes Rey, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla

Lourdes Rey. Current Academic coordinator of the language institute at Universidad del Norte. Holds a Diploma in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and an M.A. in education from Universidad del Norte. Research areas include technology in language teaching; development of language. Member of the socialization committee of the Standards for English.

Nayibe Rosado, Universidad del Norte, Barranquilla

Nayibe Rosado. Holds a Diploma in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and an M.A. in education from Uninorte. Research areas include technology in language teaching; development of language competence. Teacher of English in the undergraduate language program at Uninorte and in the TEFL Diploma programme. Member of the committee for the definition of Standards for English.


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