Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 14. Number 3 September 2023                                             Pp. 3-14

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The Correlation between EFL Learners’ Academic Intelligence and the Level of Productive Skills 

Dhea Mizhir Krebt
Department of English, College of Education, Ibn Rushd for Human Sciences
University of Baghdad, Iraq


Received: 06/07/2023       Accepted:08/31/2023            Published:09/24/2023


Communicating effectively by gaining productive skills in a classroom setting is one of the critical goals of learning the English language. The current study was conducted to explore the correlation of EFL learners’ level of academic intelligence with their productive skills. The study tries to find an answer to what is the correlation between EFL learners’ academic intelligence and level of production skills. The study population represents EFL students at the departments of English language of the Iraqi Colleges of Education for the academic year (2022-2023). The sample includes 310 EFL students selected from the 3rd year of the Department of English of the College of Education, Ibn-Rushd for Human Sciences/University of Baghdad, College of Education/ University of Diyala, and College of Education/University of Tikrit. The current study has two instruments, the academic intelligence test consists of two dimensions (the operational and the content), while the second instrument used is the test of productive skills, which is composed of two skills; speaking skill consists of six standards (grammar, vocabulary, comprehension, fluency, pronunciation, interaction), and writing skill consists of five criteria (content, organization, grammar, vocabulary, writing technique). The results obtained reveal that there are positive significant correlations between EFL learners’ and productive skills. Concerning the productive skills tested in this study, EFL learners succeed in using speaking and writing skills, which constitute a large amount of human communication. Moreover, academic intelligence abilities can help EFL learners develop the skills and strategies necessary for academic success and professional development.
Keywords: Academic intelligence, EFL learners, productive skills, Iraqi students, crystallized intelligence

Cite as: Krebt, D. M. (2023). The Correlation between EFL Learners’ Academic Intelligence and the Level of Productive
Skills. Arab World English Journal, 14 (3) 3-14.  DOI:


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Received: 06/07/2023
Accepted: 08/31/2023  
Published: 09/24/2023 

Asst. Prof. Dr. Dhea Mizhir Krebt is an editor-in-chief of Alustath Journal for Human and Social Scinces. And he was a head of English department and instructor of ELT and applied linguistics, University of Baghdad, College of Education/Ibn Rushd. His research interests are curriculum, methods of teaching English, and assessments.   ORCID: