Writing Center


The Writing Center provides support for students looking for help on any step of the writing process and for students who need to improve their academic skills. The services provided by faculty and tutors include determining audience and purpose, organizing ideas, documenting sources, editing for grammar, punctuation, and spelling, as well as acquiring better strategies for success in graduate school. The role of the Writing Center is not to proofread or “fix” papers before they’re turned in, but to respond thoughtfully to papers at any stage of the writing process and to help students improve their writing through discussion and instruction.


The Writing Center is located in the Theology Library on the 2nd floor down the short entry way hall. If a student needs help with a long or particularly difficult paper, he/she can ask for an appointment by contacting Marilena Christodorescu.

Marilena Christodorescu

ELL Instructor
B.A. in English Language and Literature, University of Bucharest, Romania (1974)
M.A. in Applied Linguistics and Teaching ESL, University of California, Los Angeles (1999)
St. John's Seminary, 2000

Email: marilena@stjohnsem.edu
Phone: 805 482 2755 x.1070

Marilena Christodorescu has extensive experience teaching English as a second language (ESL) and English as a foreign language (EFL) in various settings: high school, adult, college, and university levels. to international and resident English learning students. With a California Teaching Credential and an ESL Certificate from UCLA, she has taught ESL at Santa Monica College, Mission College, Moorpark College, as well as in the ESL Services courses at UCLA. Her experience as an overseas EFL instrcutor includes teaching at the University of Southhampton, Great Britain, as a British Council scholarship recipient. She has taught a wide variety of English classes ranging from integrated-skills courses, to acadmeic writing, reading, and literature classes.


Schedule an appointment with
Marilena Christodorescu
Peter Laurence