Teachers’ decision-making processes when designing EAP reading materials in a Lithuanian university setting

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Teachers’ decision-making processes when designing EAP reading materials in a Lithuanian university setting. / Kuzborska, Irena.

In: Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Vol. 10, No. 4, 12.2011, p. 223-237.

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Kuzborska, I 2011, 'Teachers’ decision-making processes when designing EAP reading materials in a Lithuanian university setting', Journal of English for Academic Purposes, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 223-237. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2011.07.003

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Kuzborska, I. (2011). Teachers’ decision-making processes when designing EAP reading materials in a Lithuanian university setting. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 10(4), 223-237. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2011.07.003

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Kuzborska I. Teachers’ decision-making processes when designing EAP reading materials in a Lithuanian university setting. Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 2011 Dec;10(4):223-237. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2011.07.003

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Kuzborska, Irena. / Teachers’ decision-making processes when designing EAP reading materials in a Lithuanian university setting. In: Journal of English for Academic Purposes. 2011 ; Vol. 10, No. 4. pp. 223-237.

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