Please Note

Loyola University Chicago buildings and the Literacy Center are closed.

Will are tutoring online only.  Please contact us at


Free tutoring for adults MTWTh 7:30-9:30 pm

Tutors begin at 7 pm

Open online only  



Free Tutoring for Adults

English literacy: conversation, reading, writing, pronunciation, citizenship, GED, TOEFL, IELTS, job preparation.

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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 were 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).  During the pandemic, we will be offering online tutoring only.  We are open MTW and Th evenings fall and spring when the university is in session and will continue to tutor online on the same schedule.

We will be contacting our loyal adult learners by mail and email to give you information on how to begin the tutoring process for the Spring 2021 semester.

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 who wish to improve their reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English.  We assist both native speakers of English and emergent multi-lingual learners. 

In our 29th year of service, the LCLC serves a highly diverse community of native-born adult learners as well as adults who were born in other countries. 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 Tutoring Center for 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). The Literacy Center is "such a salient reminder of how everyone is created in God’s image and has an inherent worth and dignity that cannot be defined by socio-economic status or race. It is so neat to realize our differences, not ignore them, and see how our world is enriched and made more like the Kingdom because of its diversity in humanity" (Rose Rumery).

If you are interested in volunteering and have never tutored for us before, contact us at 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 only 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.


Spring 2021 Orientations for tutors new to the Center:

Contact us before January 20th  by emailing for information on tutor orientation on our scheduled orientation days.  

Orientations will be offered online on Tuesday, January 26th, Wednesday, January 27th, and Thursday  January 28th from 7pm to approximately 9:30 p.m.  New tutors attend one of the three sessions.  We will be sending packets of information beforehand.

We open for tutoring in spring on Monday, February 1st, the day after Labor Day.  Tutors will begin at 7 pm.  Our learners will join us at 7:30 and we will end at 9:30 pm.

If you have missed our scheduled orientations but would still like to tutor for us, email us at the address below and we will try to accommodate you.  We offer flash orientations at 6:20 on the evenings we are open by appointment only  or at another time convenient to you and us.  To make an appointment, please email   

Returning tutors should e-mail and let us know what night/s you would like to tutor again. Tutors should always be available to begin preparations for tutoring at 7 during the pandemic.


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