Programming in Japanese for Literacy Education

  • Ken Okada
  • Manabu Sugiura
  • Yoshiaki Matsuzawa
  • Megumi Araki
  • Hajime Ohiwa
Part of the IFIP — The International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 269)

Abstract

We have developed a programming language Kotodama (means “what you speak becomes reality”) in which a source program can be read as authentic Japanese language and be executed as a programming language at the same time. We put Kotodama into a teaching environment Squeak developed by Alan Kay and have developed several programming courses on it. We have found that explanation of a programming language becomes unnecessary and that we can concentrate on algorithm development by examining a program text that can be read as Japanese. We believe that this programming course can work as natural language writing course as well for precise description.

Keywords

Programming in Japanese Word order Postfix notation Algorithm education 

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© IFIP International Federation for Information Processing 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ken Okada
    • 1
  • Manabu Sugiura
    • 1
  • Yoshiaki Matsuzawa
    • 1
  • Megumi Araki
    • 1
  • Hajime Ohiwa
    • 1
  1. 1.Graduate School of Media and GovernanceKeio UniversityFujisawa-shi, Kanagawa-kenJapan

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