CLIL in Colombia: Challenges and Opportunities for its Implementation.




CLIL in Colombia, Challenges, Education, Language Teaching, Opportunities


CLIL “Content and Language Integrated Learning” is an approach that has been gaining momentum in applied linguistics within the last few years. Although at first its implementation might appear to be something simple, as there is a tendency to think that for the successful application of CLIL based lessons it is only necessary to impart classes in English, in fact, there is a series of elements that language teachers and scholars should be take into consideration before reducing such an innovative approach to that simplistic view. Hence, in this reflective article I address some of the challenge and opportunities that may arise when implementing this innovative metho to language teaching with an especial emphasis on the Colombian context. Within the context of this reflective article, firstly I present a general theorization of the CLIL approach. Secondly, I reflect on three of the challenges as well as on three the opportunities for the implementation of said approach in our national context. Finally, I present the conclusions.     


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Author Biography

Jhon Eduardo Mosquera Pérez, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, Colombia

is a full time English language teacher at Universidad Santo Tomás, in Tunja. He holds a B.A in English language teaching and an M.A in English language teaching, both from Universidad Surcolombiana. Currently, he is a 3rd semester student in the master´s degree in learning and teaching processes at Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana and is a researcher in the groups “APRENAP” and LSLP (Literacies in Second Languages Project). His research interests revolve around the areas of language assessment, language teacher identity, teacher’s professional development, English as an international lingua franca, critical discourse analysis, among others. He has been an active presenter at national and international academic specialized events


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How to Cite

Mosquera Pérez, J. E. (2022). CLIL in Colombia: Challenges and Opportunities for its Implementation. GIST – Education and Learning Research Journal, 24, 7–24.