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Debate rages again over whether coding should be a 'foreign language' in Florida schools

Elizabeth De Zulueta, a multilingual robotics engineer in Miami-Dade County

Lourdes Masis

Elizabeth De Zulueta, a multilingual robotics engineer in Miami-Dade County

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February

Miami businesswoman Elizabeth De Zulueta speaks English and Spanish. She knows some Italian and Russian, too.

She’s also a robotics engineer who knows how to code using technical training in computer science and electrical and mechanical engineering.

Having studied languages and coding, De Zulueta knows the value of both skills, and she can attest from her personal experience — while there are striking similarities in the mechanics of how each is learned — computer coding and foreign language are not the same.

“There are some essential parts of learning a foreign language that you’re not going to get from coding,” which derives from mathematics, said De Zulueta, who founded her own start-up robotics company, called Zulubots, in Miami-Dade’s Kendall area.

Yet some Florida lawmakers are again proposing an innovative, but contentious, plan that would put coding and foreign language on equal footing in a public high school student’s education.

More here.

[Last modified: Monday, February 6, 2017 9:52am]

    

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