Loyola University Chicago

English Tutoring at the Literacy Center


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Information for Adult Learners

Founded in 1992, the Literacy Center offers free tutoring in English to adults on the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University Chicago. We are located in Loyola Hall, 2nd Floor conference room, 1110 W. Loyola Avenue (1/2 block east of the Loyola Red Line El stop: across Sheridan, and one-half block east along Loyola Avenue, toward the lake). We are open MTW and Th evenings fall and spring when the university is in session.

The LCLC offers free instruction in basic, beginning, intermediate, and advanced reading, writing, literacy, conversation,  ESL, test preparation, and GED skills to our adult neighbors in Rogers Park and surrounding neighborhoods; adults from other parts of Chicago are also welcome. Our goal is to provide assistance to all adults, both native and non-native speakers of English, who wish to improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English. Beginning our 28th year of service, the LCLC serves a highly diverse community of native-born and foreign-born adult learners. We are open four nights each week during the Spring and Fall semesters. There is no charge for tutoring, and there are no entrance requirements, examinations, or other fees.

Our mission is to the neighborhood adults. We do not serve Loyola students who have other resources to assist them (the Writing Center and the Center for Tutoring and Academic Excellence).

The LCLC is one of Loyola University Chicago's Service Learning projects, sponsored by the Department of English and the College of Arts and Sciences and also supported by the Paul Glassco Endowment. Our tutors are Loyola students, some of whom elect to earn course credit for tutoring at the Center as part of an internship. All tutors receive an orientation to the LCLC and to the practical business of tutoring adults; tutoring is supervised by on-site managers and experienced assistants. Read more.

Information for Tutors

While the Loyola Community Literacy Center offers community adults an opportunity to improve their skills, it also gives student-tutors the chance to serve their community and to engage with their Jesuit education, "connecting the heart with the head" (Matthew Bayens). Student-tutors “receive an enhanced view and understanding of the world [and], [t]hrough the Literacy Center, . . . [are] able to uphold the Jesuit Catholic University’s mission statement: ‘Seeking God in all things and working to expand knowledge in the service of humanity through learning, justice, and faith'" (Kimberly Capulong).

If you are interested in volunteering and have never tutored for us before, contact us at literacy@luc.edu for information on flash orientations or come to one of our regular orientations listed below.

If you are a Loyola second-semester freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior and have completed UCWR 110 (the only pre-requisite) and are interested in tutoring for credit in the fall or spring by enrolling in English 393 or Honors 290, please follow the above link to "Tutoring" and then the link to "Course Credit Tutoring" where you will find a description of the courses, the requirements, and a complete syllabus. The course, when taken for 3 credit hours, qualifies for the Core Engaged Learning-Service Learning Internship requirement. Both courses offer the same material with different requirements based on the number of credit hours for which you have registered. Engl 393 can be taken for 1, 2, or 3 credit hours; Honr 290 can be taken only for 3 credit hours.  Depending on the number of credit hours, students tutor one or two evenings per week and attend five or six classes per semester plus an orientation.

Fall 2020 Orientations for tutors new to the Center:

Orientations will be offered at the Center (1110 W. Loyola Avenue, 2nd floor conference room) on Tuesday, September 1st, Wednesday, September 2nd, and Thursday  September 3rd from 7pm to approximately 9:30 p.m. New tutors attend one of the three sessions.  We open for tutoring in fall on Tuesday, September 8th, the day after Labor Day.

If you have missed our scheduled orientations but would still like to tutor for us, email us at the address below, locolice@gmail.com,  and we will try to accommodate you.  We offer flash orientations at 6:20 on the evenings we are open by appointment onlyTo make an appointment, please email the staff at locolice@gmail.com.   That stands for  LO yola  CO mmunity  LI teracy  CE nter.

Returning tutors should call us at 773.508.2330 or e-mail locolice@gmail.com and let us know what night/s you would like to tutor again. Tutors should always arrive before 7 p.m. and not at 7.


The Literacy Center is staffed by undergraduate and graduate students of Loyola University Chicago, all of whom have extensive tutoring experience at the Center.