Exploring the Reading Motivation of Less-Motivated Adolescent Latinx English Learners


  • Dr. Robert A. Griffin University of West Georgia




reading motivation, Latinx adolescents, reading engagement


This qualitative study explored reading motivation among high school English learners whose first language was Spanish. Latinx English learners (N = 87) from two southeastern, suburban school districts took part in the first stage of the research. The researcher utilized subscores for self-concept as a reader and value of reading from a recognized reading motivation survey instrument along with reading subscores on a nationally recognized standardized language assessment to identify students who could be presumed to be less-motivated readers (n = 14) for interview selection. Responses from six randomly selected interviewees from this less-motivated pool of participants demonstrated that they faced numerous obstacles toward becoming proficient readers, including challenging home environments and debilitating anxieties. Overall, a series of complex factors were shown to inhibit reading motivation. Implications and practical recommendations for educators are discussed.

Author Biography

  • Dr. Robert A. Griffin, University of West Georgia

    Dr. Robert A. Griffin ([email protected]) is an assistant professor in the Department of Literacy and Special Education at the University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 30118. 

Reading Motivation of  Adolescent Latinx ELs (Griffin, 2019)






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How to Cite

Griffin, R. A. (2019). Exploring the Reading Motivation of Less-Motivated Adolescent Latinx English Learners. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 42(1), 18-30. https://doi.org/10.56887/galiteracy.10

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