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It is one of the most difficult challenges facing educators in today’s college classrooms: the teaching of writing. It is topic mired in ageold concerns about language and identity. It conjures up the most basic questions of legitimacy. What is “proper” English? Where is the line drawn between encouraging expression and the enforcement of “rules”?

Whatever the questions and no matter the controversies, one thing is certain: to succeed in college, right here, right now, college and high school students have to master the complexities of writing. It is the most critical set of skills for conveying thought and expression, and it is fundamental to every topic taught in college.

Teaching writing effectively, however, presents educators with myriad challenges – challenges that Governors State University will address on September 30 in a forum on the subject: “Rhetorical Choices: A Town Hall Meeting on the Teaching of Writing.”