Cross-Cultural, Urban, Reformed, Ecumenical

Language Resource and Writing Center

Computer Lab Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 
Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Closed Sundays

The Language Resource and Writing Center (LRWC) is a cooperative program between McCormick and The Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago to support students whose first language is not English. We help students develop skills through reading/writing and listening/speaking instruction. We also seek to provide a rich global and theological context to help ensure that what McCormick international students experience is relevant for their future ministry.

Individual Tutoring

One critical way in which the LRWC both helps seminary students improve their communicative skills and advances cross-cultural learning is through our individual peer tutoring services. Tutors work with students to improve their conversation, reading, and writing skills. The length and number of tutoring sessions depends upon the needs of the particular student.


The following LRWC resources are available to students:

  • Computer word processing (WordPerfect and Microsoft Word)
  • Computer reference materials (Bible Windows and other Bible language materials)
  • Reference Library (commentaries, dictionaries, and writing guides)
  • Mavis Beacon typing program
  • Computer training videos
  • Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) materials
  • Language audiotapes

Classes and Workshops

We offer classes and workshops to help students improve their language and critical thinking skills. These include:

  • The Summer Language Institute, an intensive English as Second Language program
  • A Study Methods for Theological Education course to help develop critical and efficient reading and writing strategies
  • Listening and Speaking Classes
  • Writing Classes
  • A Seminar in Writing for Graduate Students
  • Computer software training including Bible Windows, WordPerfect and others
  • Spanish and Korean language classes and tutoring

Additional Activities

The LRWC provides opportunities for people from the various seminary communities to gather together to share in cross-cultural dialogue and social activities. Opportunities include:

  • Ongoing conversation groups
  • Picnic and community dinners
  • Movie Nights
  • Trips to Chicago's museums and cultural centers
  • Additional activities throughout the academic year