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Perception of the English element in the scientific register of Croatian ICT university educational material with graduate ICT students

Daniela Matić
E-mail: daniela.matic@fesb.hr
ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4409-733X
University of Split

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Abstract: This paper focuses on the results of a questionnaire distributed to 54 second-year graduate information and communications technology (ICT) students at a Croatian university who used to have English in computer science as a mandatory course in the first year of their undergraduate studies, but who have been, since then, exposed to English in less formal environment and situations. The questionnaire, prepared as an acceptability judgment test, contained the questions on the English element, i.e. anglicisms at various levels of adaptation to Croatian and unadapted expressions collected from Croatian university textbooks and educational materials on information and communications technology recommended in the students’ undergraduate and graduate curricula. The main aim of the research was to establish whether the examined students, according to their language intuition, found the English element acceptable in the scientific register of the standard Croatian language. The questions also tested the comprehensibility at the sentential level and the students’ agreement with certain statements regarding Croatian and English terminology. The data were processed by the SPSS software for statistical analysis. The results of our research showed that the English element in the scientific register of ICT textbooks and educational materials is found fairly acceptable among the examined students and not perceived as a foreign element, whereas Croatian forms and adaptations, that is, Anglicisms are usually less acceptable.
Keywords:
ICT students, the English element, scientific register, acceptability, university educational material,
Article data in other languages: Croatian