IJIET 2020 Vol.10(7): 528-532 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2020.10.7.1419

Reformation of Teaching “Introduction to Computer Science” Course at Non-English-Speaking Country

Yuxia Sun and Qingxuan Kuang

Abstract—In recent years, to cultivate international computer professionals and improve the education quality for foreign students, some Chinese universities have established computer science majors where all the courses are taught in English. As the introductory course to computer science majors, “introduction to computer science” plays an important role in helping students lay a professional foundation and cultivate their interest in the major. As one of the pioneering universities in China to set up computer science majors taught in English, Jinan University has ten years’ teaching experience in delivering such a course. The reform and practice of teaching “introduction to computer science” in English at Jinan University is expounded in this paper from the following three aspects: (1) Developing a teaching-content system that conforms to professional training direction, adapts to the characteristics of freshmen and the teaching characteristics of a course delivered in English; (2) Comprehensively using various advanced teaching methods; (3) Creating an evaluation system with multiple assessment modes that focuses on examining students' comprehension and practical skills. The reforms and practices at Jinan University provide a reference for other universities, especially those in non-English-speaking countries.

Index Terms—Introduction to computer science, taught in English, non-English-speaking country, teaching content, teaching method, assessment mode.

Yuxia Sun and Qingxuan Kuang are with the Department of Computer Science, Jinan University, Guangzhou, 510632, China (e-mail: tyxsun@email.jnu.edu.cn, susan900@stu2016.jnu.edu.cn).


Cite:Yuxia Sun and Qingxuan Kuang, "Reformation of Teaching “Introduction to Computer Science” Course at Non-English-Speaking Country," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 10, no. 7, pp. 528-532, 2020.

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  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
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