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Understanding emotional and social intelligence among English language teachers

Sarah Mercer and Christina Gkonou are doing research on the skills that ELT teachers have that enable them to manage the emotional and social aspects of teaching. To do this, they are using an online survey and they have asked me to help by spreading the word. The survey’s quite short (it took me less than ten minutes to complete), and I thought that it was also quite interesting, in that it got me thinking about who I am and what I do as a teacher. So if you have some free time, can I please ask you to spend a few minutes to answer their questions?

Here’s the cover letter sent by Christina and Sarah, and the link to the questionnaire follows immediately after that:

Dear English Language Teacher,

We would be grateful if you could spend a few minutes to complete our online questionnaire (link below) for our project on EFL teachers’ emotional and social intelligence funded by the British Council. All responses are anonymous, unless you voluntarily choose at the end to share your contact details. However, the questionnaire can be completed entirely anonymously. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions; rather we are interested in understanding your own perspective and experiences. The questionnaire will be open until November 15th, and we really hope you will be able to participate and encourage others to do so too. The data generated will help us to better understand the skills that teachers have in managing the emotional and social dimensions of classroom life.

A copy of our final report will be made available on the website of the British Council next year. Should you have any questions about the project or this questionnaire, please do not hesitate to contact us. Christina can be reached at:; Sarah can be reached at:

Thank you very much for your time and effort.

 Sarah Mercer and Christina Gkonou

Take the survey!
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Update (May 2018)

The study for which these data were collected has been published in the following research report, which is free to download:

An abridged version of findings has also been published in the book co-edited by Sarah Mercer and me, Language Teacher Psychology (Multilingual Matters).

Featured image: “Recette1 – Le questionnaire” by LaTransfo @ Flickr, BY-SA 2.0 

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