‘The Relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Reading Com-prehension of Iranian EFL Learners’ – Fatemeh Alipanahi & Hadis Tariverdi

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between reading comprehension and emotional intelligence (EI). In addition, the present study focuses on different components of EI and different correlations that they may have with reading comprehension. To do so, PET (2011) as proficiency test was given to 72 upper-intermediate EFL learners majoring in English Translation at Zanjan University. From among them, 50 learners constituted the participants of the study. Then, the researcher administered the Bar-On’s (1995) Emotional Quotient Inventory and a reading comprehension test to the participants to investigate any relationship between EI and reading. These administrations also led to investigating the possible relationship between different components of EI and reading. Pearson correlation coefficient revealed a significant relationship between EI and reading comprehension (r=.68). Similarly, a significant correlation was found between EI subscales and reading comprehension (r= .71).The findings of this study can lead EFL teachers and language planners to think of effective and sensitive instruction methodologies and materials through identifying and understanding students’ significant individual differences. As findings show, emotional intelligence is one of the various aspects of the individual differences whose fostering can assist students in adapting to the environmental demands and pressures of the college environment.

Index Terms: emotional intelligence, reading comprehension, EFL learners.

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