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Impacts of Emotional Intelligence on Second Language Acquisition: English-Major Students’ Perspectives


  • Le Thanh Thao
  • Pham Trut Thuy
  • Nguyen Anh Thi
  • Phuong Hoang Yen
  • Huynh Thi Anh Thu
  • Nguyen Huong Tra


Emotional intelligence (EI) plays a critical role in English learning, as it fosters a better understanding of language nuances, enhances learner motivation, and improves communication skills, thereby leading to a more effective and enriching learning experience. However, the impact of EI on English language acquisition among Vietnamese learners remains underexplored creating a gap in educational studies. This study aimed to investigate the Vietnamese students’ perspectives of the impacts of EI on their second language acquisition (SLA). A mixed-methods approach was employed combining quantitative data collected through a questionnaire and qualitative data obtained from semi-structured interviews. The study involved 105 English-major students selected through convenience sampling. The findings revealed a positive correlation between EI and SLA, with characteristics such as motivation, self-confidence, interpersonal skills, a goal-oriented mindset, and emotional openness significantly impacting language learning outcomes. These findings have implications for language learning theory, pedagogy, and curriculum development, emphasizing the need to address learners’ emotional well-being and incorporate EI skills within language learning contexts. By integrating these elements, educators can create a conducive learning environment that enhances both linguistic and emotional competencies.

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  • Le Thanh Thao & Pham Trut Thuy & Nguyen Anh Thi & Phuong Hoang Yen & Huynh Thi Anh Thu & Nguyen Huong Tra, 2023. "Impacts of Emotional Intelligence on Second Language Acquisition: English-Major Students’ Perspectives," SAGE Open, , vol. 13(4), pages 21582440231, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:sagope:v:13:y:2023:i:4:p:21582440231212065
    DOI: 10.1177/21582440231212065

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