Writing a thesis or dissertation is not an easy task (Bitchener, 2009; O’Connell & Jin, 2001; Meloy, 2002); this kind of writing may also represent a particularly more difficult endeavor when it comes to novice writers who also happen to be non-native speakers of English (NNS) who can struggle not only with the linguistic demands but also with the characteristics of its discourse of this genre\sub-genre.

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