Juan Soto-Franco, Adjunct Lecturer, English, Hostos Community College
This presentation explores the use of the digital version of The New York Times (TNYT), The Free Dictionary (TFD) app and smartphones to check students’ reading engagement, comprehension, and vocabulary acquisition. Through this action research, conducted in spring 2018 in a developmental class at Hostos CC, a reading comprehension quiz and interviews were used to learn about the aspects mentioned above as well as the impact of the TFD app in their learning. Results disclose a noteworthy outcome that leads to more research in this content area. Hopefully, more innovative ways of learning derive from this initiative.