The whole problem is rooted in the abuse of the key term, language. In foreign languages the term language refers to “the system of words or signs that people use to express thoughts and feelings to each other” (Merriam-Webster) while in programming languages the term language means “a formal system of signs and symbols including rules for the formation and transformation of admissible expressions“ (Merriam-Webster). To equate foreign languages with programming languages reduces learning a foreign language to the mere acquisition of a set of tokens or words that are semantically and syntactically glued together. It fundamentally ignores the societal, cultural and historical aspects of human languages.
Computers and the software they run are not magic. Nor should they be perceived as such.
Learning to code is not valuable because everyone needs to program computers, but because such an integral part of modern life needs to be understood at a basic, comprehensible level.
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] On Behalf Of Rysavy, Sr. Del Marie Sent: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 12:50 PM To: email@example.com Subject: [SCSU-announce] course in programming for beginners
Our beginning programming course, CNA 267, is now using Python as the programming language. Students learn to work with decision and loop control structures, variables, lists (arrays) and procedures, etc. Python is becoming one of the most widely-accepted languages for business professionals and scientists.
Please inform your students (who need to learn programming) of this course. It is being offered during spring semester, as well as next fall.