Juan Soto

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My name is Juan Soto-Franco and I am a Dominican Republic native (DR). I majored in Modern Languages with an emphasis in the English language at Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) [Autonomous University of Santo Domingo] in the DR, in 1992. I taught English as a Foreign Language (EFL) to undergraduate student at this university for more than 15 years. In 2001, I was granted my first Fulbright scholarship to go to the USA for six weeks and learn about American Studies at Western Michigan University (WMU). In 2004, I was granted my second Fulbright scholarship to attend Ohio University to pursue a Master's degree. In May 2004, I attended a five-week program in preparation to my master's program at the University of Pennsyvania (Upenn). By fall 2004, I started my Master's program in Applied Linguistics at Ohio University (OU). In 2006, I graduated with the master's degree and a certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). At Ohio University, I began my PhD in Instructional Technology and completed all my coursework. Right now, I am an ABD PhD.

As far as teaching and using technology is concern, I used technology in my classes from time to time to teach English as a Foreign Language for about five years at UASD. However, it was at OU where I began using technology more heavily to teach Englsh. I taught for OU for almost three years. At this same university, I tutored English pronunciation using different pronunciation software, techniques and online resources. Back in the Dominican Republic, I taught English Composition and English Phonetics fully online. Currently, I teach English Composition and Literature for (Hostos Community College) of the City University of New York (CUNY) where I continue to use technology in all my classes. I enjoy teaching with and learning about technology related to language teaching. I have presented my work at TESOL Conventions in the USA and abroad. My most recent work "Reading Comprehension: An Action Research based on The New York Times digital version newspaper, the Free Dictionary and Smartphones" was published in Hostos Touchstone Magazine in 2019. I also enjoy writing poems, especially acrostic poems. Click here to check some samples on my blog. I think it is fun, exciting, and engaging for students and teachers, too!

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