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IJAL 2013, 16(1): 1-24 Back to browse issues page
Emotional Intelligence and SLA: The Case of Interlanguage Pragmatic Competence
Mohammad Ahmadi Safa
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The development of different sub-competences of second/foreign language is affected by a variety of cognitive, personal, and social factors (Ellis, 1994). As for personal factors, a wide range of emotional variables have been incorporated into second language acquisition (SLA) studies however, emotional intelligence (EQ) is relatively new to this domain (Pishghadam, 2009). Given that EQ seems to affect EFL learners' interlanguage pragmatic competence (ILP) development due to the face-threatening nature of some of the speech acts involved and in an attempt to explore the nature of the tentative interrelationship, the researcher administered the Bar-On EQ-i (1996) questionnaire as an EQ measure, two ILP competence tests, and a TOEFL test to 52 Iranian EFL majors. The analyses results did not reveal any significant correlation between EQ, ILP competence and general English proficiency despite the evident strong correlation between the ILP and general English proficiency. Furthermore, the results did not feature EQ as an effective predictor of EFL learners' general English proficiency and ILP competence development level. The findings imply that EQ as a seemingly construct irrelevant factor to EFL learners' both foreign language proficiency and ILP development might not be rightly considered as an effective personal variable in EFL educational contexts.     
Keywords: Emotional Intelligence, Foreign language proficiency, Interlanguage Pragmatic (ILP) competence, EFL, Iran
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Ahmadi Safa M. Emotional Intelligence and SLA: The Case of Interlanguage Pragmatic Competence. IJAL. 2013; 16 (1) :1-24
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Iranian Journal of Applied Linguistics
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