The impact of digital technology on content and language integrated learning in higher education: a systematic review of literature




CLIL, ICT, digital technology, higher education, content and language integrated learning


With internationalization becoming an increasing trend in higher education, many universities worldwide have been implementing content and language-integrated learning (CLIL) as an innovative approach to teaching and learning English that helps students compete internationally. Alongside this trend, the advance of digital technologies has offered beneficial use in integrating language and content knowledge. Following the conceptual framework of Hallingda (2013), this systematic review has explored the impact of digital technology use in English education related to the CLIL approach by synthesizing studies on various forms of technologies in supporting different aspects of CLIL. Findings revealed a positive interrelation of digital impact on language use and skills and social collaboration, interaction, and motivation. However, a lack of evidence was found regarding the correlation between using digital technologies and enhancing content knowledge in CLIL. This recommended further research delving into how digital use would assist both language and content teaching and learning so that students at higher educational institutes could effectively access the global world.

Author Biographies

Tho Vo, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Tho D. Vo is an English lecturer at the University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam). His areas of interest in research include English-medium education and technology in language teaching and learning.


Dao Truong, University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Dao Truong is a lecturer at the School of Foreign Languages (University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City). Her research interests are in the fields of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and Educational technologies.


Phong Nguyen, University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Phong Nguyen is an English lecturer at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy at Ho Chi Minh city. His research interests are in the field of educational technology and English for Specific Purposes (ESP).



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How to Cite

Vo, T., Truong, D., & Nguyen, P. (2023). The impact of digital technology on content and language integrated learning in higher education: a systematic review of literature. ICTE Conference Proceedings, 3, 137–147.

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