Word Skipping in Reading English as a Foreign Language: Evidence from Eye Tracking


  • Emrah Dolgunsöz Bayburt University, Turkey
  • Arif Sarıçoban Hacettepe University, Turkey




word skipping, EFL, reading, eye tracking, second language.


During reading, readers never fixate on all words in the text; shorter words sometimes gain zero fixation and skipped by the reader. Relying on E-Z Reader Model, this research hypothesized that a similar skipping effect also exists for a second language. The current study examined word skipping rates in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) with 75 EFL learners by using eye tracking methodology. The results showed that word skipping was affected by EFL reading proficiency significantly and articles (a, an, the) were skipped more than content words. Furthermore, more skilled learners were observed to have less fixation count and skipped more words during reading while less skilled learners employed more fixations and skipped less words. Eye tracking as a novel method to observe learner development and progress in EFL reading was also discussed. 


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Vol 3, No 2 (2016)

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Dolgunsöz , E. ., & Sarıçoban , A. (2016). Word Skipping in Reading English as a Foreign Language: Evidence from Eye Tracking. East European Journal of Psycholinguistics , 3(2), 22-31. https://doi.org/10.29038/eejpl.2016.3.2.dol