Wednesday, June 21
2:15-2:45 PM

Does learning a programming language require learning English? A comparative analysis between English and programming languages

Full Paper: Conceptual & Empirical Study ID: 51312
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    Ivan Ruby
    Concordia University
  2. Bojana Krsmanovic
    Concordia University

Abstract: Introductory computer programming education is a worldwide, contemporary phenomenon, propelled by a demand for skilled individuals in the technology industry as well as the ever-increasing availability and decrease in costs of computing devices. Statistics show that English is the most spoken language in the world and widely used in the computer programming field, even though spoken natively only by approximately 5% of the world population. In this study, we examine the relationship between English and programming languages to establish the extent to which learning a programming language that uses English adds a burden to non-native English-speaking (NNES) learners. Learning English is required, desired, or both, depending on the characteristics of learners' environment. It is beneficial, as English proficiency is a desirable skill. However, it also presents an overload, as learners need to understand the concepts as well as the language in which these are taught

Presider: Maria Cutumisu, University of Alberta


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