The Relationship between EFL Teachersâ€™ Emotional, Social, Cultural and Spiritual Intelligence
Keywords:Key words, Trait emotional, social, cultural, spiritual intelligence
Effective teaching as the desired goal of EFL teachers is influenced by many different teacher-related variables such as types of intelligences.Â The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between EFL teachersâ€™ emotional, social, cultural and spiritual intelligence in EFL contexts. Thus, the study was based on a descriptive correlational survey design. A total of 126 EFL teachers were selected based on random sampling from various schools and English language institutes in Tehran. The EFL teachers were required to answer self-report questionnaires for being assessed in their emotional, cultural, social, and spiritual intelligence based on the Emotional Intelligence Questionnaire (TEIQue), Cultural Intelligence Scale (CQS), TromsÃ¸ Social Intelligence Scale (TSIS), and Integrated Spiritual Intelligence Scale (ISIS) respectively. Other variables such as gender, university degree, and teaching experience were also investigated. The results revealed that the correlation between all four types of intelligence was significant but in all cases, the coefficient was moderate. In further analysis, gender made a significant difference only in trait emotional intelligence, but not in their cultural, social, and spiritual intelligence. University degree caused a significant difference in social and trait emotional intelligence, but not in cultural and spiritual intelligence. However, teaching experience and age made a significant difference in all four variables under the study.
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