Take the Fast Lane to
Strengthen Your Writing

Immerse yourself for 2 weeks (plus 2 bonus days).


Whether you're writing a book, an article, an essay, or a pitch, you know how important it is for your writing to be clean and free of errors.

Stray commas and misused words simply don't inspire confidence. 

If you want to be taken seriously as a writer or editor at all levels, you need good grammar.

That's where The Intensive comes in.

This comprehensive online course will help you navigate the linguistic twists and turns of American English grammar. 

Upon completion of this course, you'll be able to:

  • Write Cleanly

    Strengthen your writing and storytelling with proper grammar.

  • Edit Your Work

    Use your understanding of grammar to spot errors and self-edit.

  • Gain Trust

    Inspire your readers to have confidence in everything you write.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Start Here

    • Start Here: Introduction

    • Start Here: Staying in Touch

    • Start Here: Getting to Know Your Course

    • Start Here: Learning Goals

    • Start Here: Schedule and Chapter Descriptions

    • Start Here: Learning Strategies

    • Start Here: Navigation

  • 2

    Index of Terms

    • Index of Terms

  • 3

    Chapter 1: Parts of Speech

    • Chapter 1, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 1, Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 1, Lesson 2: Verbs, Nouns, and Pronouns

    • Chapter 1, Lesson 3: Adjectives and Adverbs

    • Chapter 1, Lesson 4: Conjunctions, Prepositions, and Interjections

    • Chapter 1, Lesson 5: You and Your Dictionary

    • Chapter 1, Lesson 6: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 1, Quiz 2: Test What You Learned

    • Chapter 1: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 1: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 1: FAQs

  • 4

    Chapter 2: Mixed-up Words

    • Chapter 2, Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 2, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 2, Lesson 2: Homophones

    • Chapter 2, Lesson 3: Contractions vs. Possessive Pronouns

    • Chapter 2, Lesson 4: Almost-Homophones

    • Chapter 2, Lesson 5: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 2, Quiz 2: Test What You Learned

    • Chapter 2: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 2: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 2: FAQs

    • The Big List of Homophones

  • 5

    Chapter 3: Contractions and Possessives

    • Chapter 3, Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 3, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 3, Lesson 2: Common Contractions

    • Chapter 3, Lesson 3: Regular Possessives

    • Chapter 3, Lesson 4: Irregular and Unusual Possessives

    • Chapter 3, Lesson 5: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 3, Quiz 2: Test What You Learned

    • Chapter 3: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 3: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 3: FAQs

  • 6

    Chapter 4: Subjects and Predicates

    • Chapter 4, Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 4, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 4, Lesson 2: Getting to Know Subjects and Predicates

    • Chapter 4, Lesson 3: Predicate Basics: Action Verbs and Linking Verbs

    • Chapter 4, Lesson 4: More About Predicates

    • Chapter 4, Lesson 5: Subject Basics

    • Chapter 4, Lesson 6: Tricky Subjects and Predicates

    • Chapter 4, Lesson 7: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 4, Quiz 2: Test What You Learned

    • Chapter 4: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 4: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 4: FAQs

  • 7

    Chapter 5: Sentence Fragments

    • Chapter 5: Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 5, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 5, Lesson 2: The Case of the Missing Predicate

    • Chapter 5, Lesson 3: The Case of the Missing Subject

    • Chapter 5, Lesson 4: Understanding Clauses

    • Chapter 5, Lesson 5: Fragment Clues: Subordinating Conjunctions

    • Chapter 5, Lesson 6: Fragment Clues: Relative Pronouns

    • Chapter 5, Lesson 7: Some Fragments Are OK

    • Chapter 5, Lesson 8: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 5, Quiz 2: Test What You Learned

    • Chapter 5: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 5: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 5: FAQs

  • 8

    Chapter 6: Run-on Sentences

    • Chapter 6, Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 6, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 6, Lesson 2: Punctuation Fixes

    • Chapter 6, Lesson 3: More Punctuation Fixes

    • Chapter 6, Lesson 4: Comma Plus Coordinating Conjunction

    • Chapter 6, Lesson 5: The Semicolon Plus Rule

    • Chapter 6, Lesson 6: Rewrite to Fix Run-ons

    • Chapter 6, Lesson 7: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 6, Quiz 2: Test What You Learned

    • Chapter 6: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 6: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 6: FAQs

  • 9

    Chapter 7: Standard Verb Forms

    • Chapter 7, Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 7, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 7, Lesson 2: Person and Number

    • Chapter 7, Lesson 3: Tense, Voice, and Mood

    • Chapter 7, Lesson 4: The Power of Verbs

    • Chapter 7, Lesson 5: The Simple Tenses

    • Chapter 7, Lesson 6: The Perfect Tenses

    • Chapter 7, Lesson 7: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 7, Quiz 2: Test What You Learned

    • Chapter 7: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 7: Printer Friendly Verb Table

    • Chapter 7: Verb Table Answer Key

    • Chapter 7: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 7: FAQs

  • 10

    Chapter 8: Pronouns

    • Chapter 8, Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 8, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 8, Lesson 2: Personal Pronouns

    • Chapter 8, Lesson 3: Compounds and Partners

    • Chapter 8, Lesson 4: Possessive Pronouns

    • Chapter 8, Lesson 5: More Pronoun Groups

    • Chapter 8, Lesson 6: Even More Pronoun Groups

    • Chapter 8, Lesson 7: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 8, Quiz 2: Test What You Learned

    • Chapter 8: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 8: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 8: FAQs

  • 11

    Chapter 9: Agreement

    • Chapter 9, Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 9, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 9, Lesson 2: Subject-Verb Agreement

    • Chapter 9, Lesson 3: Singular or Plural?

    • Chapter 9, Lesson 4: Between Subject and Verb

    • Chapter 9, Lesson 5: Here, There, and It

    • Chapter 9, Lesson 6: Agreeable Pronouns

    • Chapter 9, Lesson 7: Pronoun-Antecedent Agreement

    • Chapter 9: Lesson 8: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 9, Quiz 2: Test What You Learned

    • Chapter 9: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 9: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 9: FAQs

  • 12

    Chapter 10: Shifts in Person, Tense, and Structure

    • Chapter 10, Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 10, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 10, Lesson 2: Shifts in Person and Tense

    • Chapter 10, Lesson 3: Parallel Structure

    • Chapter 10, Lesson 4: More Structural Shifts

    • Chapter 10, Lesson 5: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 10, Quiz 2: Test What You Learned

    • Chapter 10: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 10: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 10: FAQs

  • 13

    Chapter 11: Clarity, Concision, Diction, and Logic

    • Chapter 11, Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 11, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 11, Lesson 2: Syntax and Modifiers

    • Chapter 11, Lesson 3: Faulty Reference

    • Chapter 11, Lesson 4: Wordiness

    • Chapter 11, Lesson 5: Diction and Logic

    • Chapter 11, Lesson 6: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 11, Quiz 2: Test What You Learned

    • Chapter 11: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 11: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 11: FAQs

  • 14

    Chapter 12: Capitalization and Punctuation

    • Chapter 12, Quiz 1: Assess What You Know

    • Chapter 12, Lesson 1: Introduction

    • Chapter 12, Lesson 2: Capitalization Rules

    • Chapter 12, Lesson 3: More Capitalization Rules

    • Chapter 12, Lesson 4: End Punctuation

    • Chapter 12, Lesson 5: Internal Punctuation

    • Chapter 12, Lesson 6: More Punctuation Marks

    • Chapter 12, Lesson 7: Quotation Marks

    • Chapter 12, Lesson 8: Wrap-up

    • Chapter 12: Strengthen Your Skills

    • Chapter 12: Helpful Resources

    • Chapter 12: FAQs

    • Chapter 12: Editing Checklist, What's Next, and Farewell

    • Editing Checklist

    • Final Quiz With Passing Grade Required

  • 15

    Course Extras

    • Course Extras: Collected Helpful Resources Download

    • Course Extras: Favorite Books

    • Course Extras: Inspiration for Grammar Lion

Ellen Feld, Your Personal Grammar Lion Guide 

ellen@grammar-lion.com

Ellen is an expert instructor. With 44K+ global students enrolled in her original Grammar Refresher course through 2K+ institutions—universities, colleges, community schools, libraries, and professional organizations—Ellen's online grammar refresher program has been an industry leader since 2002. Ellen holds a master's degree in writing from the Johns Hopkins University and has taught college courses online and in the traditional classroom, including creative writing, developmental writing, and English composition. Ellen has worked as a newspaper reporter and copy chief, personal essayist, website reviewer, writing coach, and developmental editor. She's the author of the children's book Paragon and Jubilee (Edgecliff Press, 2010).

What Students Say

  • Detailed Answers

    "The Grammar Refresher class exceeded my expectations. The lessons were well written and explored the material in more depth than had I expected. As a result, I'm able to identify sentence structures like: run-ons and sentence fragments. The best part of the course was the discussion section. The teacher responded immediately to discussion questions with thoughtful, detailed answers. She was incredible! It was extremely helpful to be able to ask her to clarify troubling areas, or explain style differences."
 ~JD

  • Most Valuable Course

    "I haven't taken that many on-line classes (five), but this has been, by far, the most valuable course to me, both educationally and personally. Your lessons and the added guidance have helped me to feel more confident about the grammar I use when I talk and write. Everyone in education should take this course each time they renew their certificate. I hope you are being greatly rewarded for your dedication to your job. This student very much appreciates it! Thank you!"
 ~Sandy

  • Down-to-Earth

    "One more thing I wanted to say before this forum closes: Thank you for your timely responses and down-to-earth, friendly tone in this discussion area. I suspect that you have several very large classes going on at once, and I really appreciate how you kept up with this forum. I always looked forward to reading your responses to my questions, not only because they were thoughtful and helpful, but also because they showed that you truly care about your students and their understanding of grammar. All the best to you, Ellen. I hope our paths cross again!"
 ~Christine

The Grammar Lion method of online education includes one-to-one instructor support.

Ready to build your skills? Here's how it works and what you'll get:

  • 100+ lessons (Get ready to read, the best way to learn about English grammar!)

  • 23 quizzes (Self-assess throughout your course so you'll know where you're strong and what still needs work.)

  • skill-builidng assignments (Everybody needs practice, and Grammar Lion makes it fun.)

  • 16 days of 24/7 course access (During these days, go at your own pace through 12 chapters of grammar lessons.)

  • one-to-one instructor support (Ask questions through the course discussion forum or private email and get a reply within one business day.)

  • certificate (Earn yours with a passing score on your final.)

  • incredible resources (Download a PDF full of invaluable grammar resources.)

  • ongoing access to your instructor (The learning continues when your course time ends—stay in touch via email or Grammar Lion on Facebook.)