Nothing. Tutoring is provided free of charge by Loyola University Chicago, which supports the Literacy Center as a gift to our neighbors in Chicago.
Any adult who wants to study English or literacy skills is welcome to come to the LCLC. In a typical semester we have learners who come from 15- 20 different countries; we also work with native speakers of English from the United States who are improving their reading or writing skills, working for a GED, preparing for college, etc.
We are not permitted to serve students enrolled at Loyola University because they are able to ask the Tutoring and Writing Centers of the university for help.
No. We teach adults, from age 17 or 18 on up. We do not have facilities to work with children and we do not offer child-care service. We suggest that women with children visit Madonna Mission during the daytime. They provide childcare and are located at 7110 N. Sheridan Rd in Chicago. Their email is madonnamission.org.
There is no testing at the LCLC.
Most of the time our learners have their own tutors (that is, teachers). We do not have "classes." Instead, we offer one-on-one tutoring, that is, one tutor paired with one learner. If we have more learners than tutors, then two learners will be given one tutor.
The LCLC is located on the Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University Chicago on the second floor conference room of Loyola Hall, located at 1110 W Loyola Avenue, which is across Sheridan from the Loyola Red Line El stop and one-half block east (toward the lake) on Loyola Ave.
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, from 7:00-9:30 p.m., with a break from 8:15-8:25.
We are open when the university is in session for classes during the fall and spring, and we are sometimes able to be open for some limited summer sessions. We observe all university holidays.
The LCLC opens shortly after Loyola University Chicago starts the semester—that is, in the middle of September and the end of January. We close before Thanksgiving in November for Christmas vacation, and at the end of April for the summer. You will be given a calendar with our schedule when you come.
We give lessons in our second floor rooms in Loyola Hall at 1110 W. Loyola Avenue.
Between 6:45 and 6:50 p.m. If you are new to the Center, you may want to come around 6:30 so that you can register for tutoring.
Our staff will talk to you about your needs and interests and we will match you with a tutor who can help you study or improve your English. If you would like to work on English for a special purpose, e.g., nursing or business, please tell us. You are welcome to bring books that you need to study, if you have them. If you are interested in studying for citizenship, we can help you. If you are working toward your GED, we can also help you. We are happy to work with native and non-native speakers of English.
Most of our tutors (our teachers, that is) are volunteers, but we ask them to come on a regular schedule, and usually they come one night each week. We do everything we can to make sure that you work with the same teacher, but we cannot promise that you always will.
If you come one or two nights each week on a regular basis, we will do our best to make sure that you have the same tutor. However, most tutors come only one night each week, so you might have one tutor on Monday and another one on Wednesday. Our tutors work together; they will work on the same kinds of lessons with you. The staff encourages tutors to talk to each other about their work and we keep a record of each one of your tutoring sessions so that your tutors will see what you have been studying.
If your tutor does not come, we will try our best to match you up with another tutor. On a very busy night, however, we might not be able to find one, and it might take some time and cause you to wait.
If you miss two evenings in a row and do not tell us why, your tutor will be assigned to another learner. We cannot offer regular service to learners who do not attend on a regular basis.
If you are sick, please call to cancel as soon as you can (773-508-2330) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. That stands for Loyola Community Literacy Center.
If you are more than a few minutes late, your tutor might be asked to work with another learner. We are sorry about this, but if we do not know that you are coming, and if others are waiting, we ask tutors to work with them.