Slave away or get away: Escape rooms as a motivational tool for the CLIL history classroom in higher education




languag learning, history, e-learning, higher education, motivation


In present-day educational contexts, the integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and gamification have been the basis for the implementation of escape rooms as pedagogical tools (Brusi & Cornellà, 2020; Rutledge et al., 2018). This paper aims at examining the role of virtual escape rooms in boosting History learners’ motivation in Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) contexts. Twenty-nine first-year undergraduates enrolled in a Classical History module delivered at a Spanish university have taken part in this study by participating in a virtual escape room and answering a final survey. The findings reveal that escape rooms may result in highly-motivated students who feel less pressure when communicating in the target language. The implementation of escape rooms can therefore be seen as a useful resource in e-learning environments, fostering oral, collaborative and critical thinking skills.


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Author Biography

Lucía Bellés-Calvera, Universitat Jaume I

Lucía Bellés Calvera holds a MA in in Secondary Education, Vocational Training and Language Teaching. She graduated in English Language and Linguistics in 2016 at Universitat Jaume I in Castelló. She has visited other countries and universities’ as an undergraduate and postgraduate student, such as the University of Southampton in the UK and Freiburg in Germany.

In 2015 she was awarded a departmental collaboration grant by the Spanish Ministry of Education, which allowed her to develop her final dissertation project entitled ICTs Implementation in the English Pronunciation Classroom: The Case of Voki. Likewise, in 2017 she got a research grant, thereby working with department of Historia y Patrimonio at Universitat Jaume I. Her main tasks had to do with the classification of archeological and heritage resources as well as with their translation into the English language.

She has also collaborated in the organization of different academic events As a member of the organising committee, as in CLIL applied to Secondary and Higher Education in Multilingual Contexts and ESP and EAP in Spain: New Horizons, among others. She was awarded two Ernest Breva awards for academic excellence, as well as an Outstanding Graduate Achievement Award at the end of the degree.

She is currently a PhD student in the Languages, Literature and Translation programme offered by Universitat Jaume I. Her research interests focus on applied linguistics, the acquisition of foreign languages, English for Specific Purposes and English for Academic Purposes, the implementation of ICTs in the EFL classroom as well as Content-Based Instruction in the Humanities.


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How to Cite

Bellés-Calvera, L. (2022). Slave away or get away: Escape rooms as a motivational tool for the CLIL history classroom in higher education. Latin American Journal of Content &Amp; Language Integrated Learning, 15(1), e1511.