Share Paper: The role of computer programming as a partner in the English classroom

  1. Sandra Costa, Externato São Domingos (Fátima), Portugal
  2. Miriam Santos, Centre for Informatics and Systems (Univ. Coimbra), Portugal
  3. Pedro Abreu, Centre for Informatics and Systems (Univ. Coimbra), Portugal
  4. Teresa Pessoa, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences (Univ. Coimbra), Portugal
  5. Anabela Gomes, Centre for Informatics and Systems (Univ. Coimbra) & Engineering Institute (Polytechnic of Coimbra), Portugal
Thursday, June 28 4:00-4:30 PM Oost

Abstract: This work reports on some preliminary results of an ongoing study that aims to assess to what extent computational programming can serve as partner in teaching and learning English as a second language. For that purpose, two groups of students from two Portuguese primary schools were studied during the school year 2015/2016. One group completed several sessions of computer programming with Scratch while the other had traditional English classes. Several written and oral tests were conducted to assess students’ academic performance, and compare results. The students’ tests scores show that computer programming had a positive influence in the development of ...