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The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Willingness to Communicate among EFL Learners

1. Omid Tabatabaei; 2. Maryam Jamshidifar (Corresponding author).
1. Department of English, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Najafabad, Iran; 2. Department of English, Najafabad Branch, Islamic Azad University, Isfahan, Najafabad, Iran
Abstract :
The primary goal of this investigation was to explore the existence of any possible 
relationship between willingness to communicate (WTC) and emotional intelligence (EI) 
among 60 EFL learners. The data for the research were gathered using WTC and EI 
questionnaires which were presented in the participants’ native language. The modified 
version of likert-type WTC questionnaire developed by MacIntyre, Baker, Clement, and 
Conrod (2001) was employed to assess the participants’ degree of WTC. Students’ EI was 
measured via a ninty-item Emotional Intelligence Inventory (EQ-i). The findings revealed 
that the EI profile of learners has a significant correlation with their willingness to participate 
in L2 communication and that the link between EI and WTC has been affected by gender. In 
general, as learners’ EI increased, so did their willingness to use the L2 in class. The results 
of the present study can encourage authorities and EFL teachers to incorporate skills and 
abilities associated with EI in their curriculum and classroom activities. 
Keywords :
willingness to communicate, emotional intelligence, EFL learner

Date Deposited : 28 Apr 2014 10:17

Last Modified : 28 Apr 2014 10:17

Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/4650/3812

Volume 2, Number 1, - 2014 , ISSN 2325-0887

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