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Language Resource and Writing Center | McCormick Theological Seminary

Language Resource and Writing Center

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

At a Glance


Recent LRWC bulletins (newsletters).


Important documents and study manuals from the LRWC.

Spouse Group

Information about the LRWC Spouse Group.

Global Community

Information about the Global Community student group.

Global Conversations

Information about the LRWC lunch program, Global Conversations.

Summer Language Institute

Information about the LRWC Summer Language Institute for non-native English speakers.

Academic Photo Gallery

Academic Programs Photo Gallery

Academic Highlights

Students and faculty learning together in and out of the classroom.

International Student Resources

International students are an important and valuable part of the McCormick Community.  For more international student resources, such as registrar and community information, see the Office of Student Affairs page: International Student Resources.