A CLIL Curriculum Design for Future Professionals of Hospitality and Tourism Management





CLIL, curriculum development, educational courses, communicative skills, tourism and hospitality


This paper outlines a description of research carried out at a public university in Colombia where students of the Hospitality and Tourism Management program took four general English levels in 2017 as a requirement to graduate. According to the data collected, these levels were not enough to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to interact in English. This need, determined through questionnaires, and a CNA report were the starting point of this research study, whose main objective was to enrich students’ language learning skills and knowledge through a CLIL curriculum. This participatory action research is framed within a qualitative study. After designing, implementing, and piloting one unit, including four lessons, we determined that not only students’ language learning skills can be improved but also their confidence, participation, solidarity, and awareness of their and others’ learning process through the activities designed and strategies proposed by this approach.


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Author Biographies

Gladys Marta Elena González González, Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia

Gladys Marta Elena González González is a full time professor of the International Institute of Languages at the Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia. Her main research and pedagogical interests include social aspects involved in learning a language, Materials design for teaching English, and CLIL.

Diana Raquel Diaz Robayo, Colegio Matilde Anaray

Diana Raquel Díaz is an EFL teacher in the Department of Languages at Matilde Anaray School. Her research interests include Blended Learning, Creating and Sharing Content by using any software or app, and Fostering Students Critical Thinking through collaborative group work.

Elba Consuelo Leon Mora, Universidad Libre Bogotá

Elba Consuelo León Mora, full time professor Faculty of Education, Universidad Libre, Bogotá. Her main research and pedagogical interests deal with pedagogical models, the epistemology of education, and hermeneutics.


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How to Cite

González González, G. M. E., Diaz Robayo, D. R., & Leon Mora, E. C. (2022). A CLIL Curriculum Design for Future Professionals of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Latin American Journal of Content &Amp; Language Integrated Learning, 15(1), e1513. https://doi.org/10.5294/laclil.2022.15.1.3