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Independent vs. Integrated Writing Tasks: A Comparison of Task Representation

Published on Mar 1, 2010in TESOL Quarterly2.718
· DOI :10.5054/tq.2010.215251
Lia Plakans11
Estimated H-index: 11
(UI: University of Iowa)
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