An Investigation into the Emotional Intelligence and the Degree of Success in Foreign Language Achievement in Iranian EFL Context.

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Volume 8-1 February 2012.

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Title

An Investigation into the Emotional Intelligence and the Degree of Success in Foreign Language Achievement in Iranian EFL Context

Author

Ramazan Ali Gholami 

Ministery of Education, Babol, Iran

 

Biodata 

Ramazan Ali Gholami has received M.A in applied linguistics. He has been teaching English in junior secondary high school since 1992 and also is the head of English group in Educational office of Babol, Iran.

Abstract

This study was an investigation to find out the relationship between emotional intelligence and the degree of success in foreign language achievement in Iranian EFL context. To do this, the Emotional Intelligence Inventory (EQ-i) was administered to 453 fourth-grade pupils from secondary senior high school in Babol, northern part of Iran. Data gathered from EQ questionnaire’s scores and grade point average (GPA) in English language course from the record of registrars were analyzed. Statistical results illustrated that EQ and GPA were significantly correlated. It also displayed that there existed more strong correlation for some subscales such as self-actualization, self-regard, optimism, happiness, and stress-management. T-test analysis confirmed that participants having higher EQ abilities achieved higher degree of success in English course. With reference to the findings, the results were discussed in integrating emotional intelligence, and its subscales in school curriculum to raise the level of students’ success in academic achievement, particularly language learning.

Keyword: Emotional Intelligence, Intelligence, Success in foreign language achievement,

Category: 2012