On the Role of Emotional Intelligence in Second Language Learning and Academic Achievement


Following the innovations in conceptualization of intelligence – form IQ, MI, to EQ, this study attempts to examine the role of emotional intelligence in second language learning and academic achievement. To this end, 328 students were asked to take the EQ questionnaire, the correlations between EQ and reading, listening, speaking, writing, and GPA were then computed for all participants and each gender, respectively. The results demonstrated that there are significant, though little, correlations between EQ, certain and some skills, and academic achievement. Finally, the results were discussed in the context of second language acquisition and suggestions were made for teachers and authors.