Foreign Language Learning

Self-report study, Validity (statistics), Intelligence quotient

Electronic Journal of Foreign Language Teaching 2009, Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 31–41 © Centre for Language Studies National University of Singapore

A Quantitative Analysis of the Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Foreign Language Learning Reza Pishghadam
( Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, Iran

Abstract The major aim of this study was to examine the role of emotional intelligence in second language learning. At the end of the academic year, 508 second year students at four universities in Iran were asked to complete the Emotional Intelligence Inventory (EQ-i). EQ-i data were matched with the students’ academic records, scores in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. Predicting second language learning success from emotional intelligence variables produced divergent results, depending on how the variables were operationalized. When EQ-i variables were compared in groups (successful vs. unsuccessful) who had achieved very different levels of academic success and scores in different skills, second language learning was strongly associated with several dimensions of emotional intelligence. Results are discussed in the context of the importance of emotional intelligence in second language learning.

1 Introduction Learners vary enormously in how successful they are in learning a second language. All people acknowledge that some individuals learn a second language easily and some with more difficulty. Among so many factors contributing to second language learning success, including motivation, attitude or personality types, it seems that one important factor which accounts for success in language learning is the degree of intelligence that individuals possess. Since 1990, when for the first time emotional intelligence was introduced, it has become a buzzword in psychology and has been used in so many fields including education, management studies, and artificial intelligence. Daniel Goleman (1995), the...
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