THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND WILLINGNESS TO COMMUNICATE AMONG IRANIAN INTERMEDIATE EFL LEARNERS

THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND WILLINGNESS TO COMMUNICATE AMONG IRANIAN INTERMEDIATE EFL LEARNERS, by Behzad Rahbar, Mojde Suzani, Zoleikha Sajadi Abstract: This study aimed to find out whether there is any meaningful relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Willingness to Communicate. 60 intermediate female and male foreign language learners were selected among 100 participants from different Iranian English language centers. The data for this study was collected by means of two types of questionnaires: The Bar-On’s (1997) Emotional Quotient Inventory (EQ-i) and McIntyre, Baker, Clement, and Conrod (2001) Willingness to Communicate (WTC) questionnaire.  The questionnaires were correlated using Pearson product-moment Correlation to find any meaningful relationship between the two constructs. The results revealed a significant relationship between EQ and WTC outside of the classroom. Regarding language learning contexts, it can help language teachers and educators to get more familiar with their students’ preferences and emotions as communication is an indispensable part of learning a foreign language. Full Text:...