USING MULTIMEDIA FOR THE TEACHING AND LEARNING PROCESS OF HISTORY OF ENGLISH- SPEAKING COUNTRIES/EL USO DE UNA MULTIMEDIA PARA LA ENSEÑANZA Y EL APRENDIZAJE DE LA HISTORIA DE LOS PUEBLOS DE HABLA INGLESA
Communicative competence in English entails the understanding of history of English- speaking countries as an intercultural component. In this research context, some shortages concerning the bibliography of this subject have been evidenced in the degree course English Language with French as a second foreign language at the Universidad Central “Marta Abreu” de Las Villas. The purpose of this research was to propose multimedia to enrich the existing bibliography of the History of English Speaking countries I. A qualitative methodology was used in the study including some methods from the theoretical, empirical and mathematical level. The context analysis confirmed some limitations concerning the quantity, quality and variety of the bibliographical resources, problems in respect to the students’ accessibility to the bibliography resulting in poor motivation for the contents of the subject. For this research, professors on History of English-Speaking Countries as well as specialists from the ICTs were consulted. They both evaluated the didactic and technological design of the multimedia and agreed that it meets the necessary requirements as a valid proposal positively impacting on the teaching and learning process of the subject. The proposal included diverse multimedia resources of different historical periods and a set of activities for students’ assessment.