Grammar Lion: A Grammar Refresher
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Grammar Lion?
A: Grammar Lion is a suite of online grammar classes: A Grammar Refresher, Comma Mini Course, the Intensive, and the Pretest. Grammar Lion also offers editing services. (The FAQs presented below are for Grammar Lion: A Grammar Refresher. Most also apply to the Intensive, but look for special notes on course duration and refund policy.)
Q: What is Grammar Lion: A Grammar Refresher?
A: Grammar Lion: A Grammar Refresher is a fun, down-to-earth, comprehensive online course in English grammar for anyone who wants to enhance their communication skills.
Q: How is this course different from other online grammar courses?
A: Grammar Lion offers a personal and flexible learning experience.
In many online courses there's no contact between students and instructors; in others, contact is restricted to a course discussion board. In this course, you can engage through the dedicated discussion forum and through private email. Grammar Lion comes with a responsive instructor who works as your one-on-one grammar guide.
Grammar Lion: A Grammar Refresher has a proven history. More than 43,000 students studied grammar online with Ellen Feld in her original ed2go Grammar Refresher course.
Now in Grammar Lion, the course has been enhanced with student-centered features:
- a user-friendly learning platform
- the ability to start any day
- flexible course commitment time
- more ways to engage with the instructor
Q: How long do I have to finish the course?
A: You can take the express lane and finish your lessons in four weeks, or you can enjoy a leisurely learning experience and take up to 12 weeks. (Note: If you're enrolled in the Intensive, your course runs for two weeks.)
Q: How do I ask a question during the course?
A: You can always post your questions in the course discussion forum or privately email Ellen.
Q: How soon after I ask a question will I receive a response from the instructor?
A: Ellen responds to all questions within one weekday.
Q: What types of questions can I ask?
A: You can ask questions about anything grammar related. Here's a preview of some course topics you might have questions about: parts of speech, homophones, apostrophes, possessives, subjects and verbs, sentence fragments, run-on sentences, pronouns, active voice versus passive voice, punctuation (commas, ellipses, dashes, semicolons, and more), formal writing versus informal writing, and proofreading.
Q: Can I ask questions about my own writing?
A: You're invited to ask questions about elements of your writing that relate specifically to the course curriculum. Personal editing, in general, goes beyond the scope of the course. For editing services, please click on the Grammar Lion: Editing link at the top of the page.
Q: Will I be able to engage with other students?
A: Yes, the course has a discussion forum. How much engagement takes place depends on you and the other students enrolled. Some students like to sign up as a learning team—coworkers, spouses, parent/child, or friends—so they can engage with one another while taking the course.
Q: What if I prefer not to participate in discussions?
A: If you’d like to be a quiet observer, that's fine! You can complete your lessons independently without using the course discussion forum. If you'd like to ask questions and get a one-on-one response, you can email Ellen privately.
Q: Is this course good for ESL students?
A: Grammar Lion: A Grammar Refresher is for any student who's comfortable with spoken and written English. If you can read at approximately eighth-grade level, then the course can benefit you. (If you find it difficult to read these questions and answers, then you might consider a course that's geared toward ESL learners.) If you're not sure about your skills, feel free to contact Ellen to explore this further.
Q: How do I get my certificate?
A: When you complete your course and pass your Final Quiz with a minimum score of 75%, you'll automatically receive a completion certificate by email.
Q: What's your refund policy?
A: During your first week in the course, you'll have access to your student orientation and first three chapters of Grammar Lion: A Grammar Refresher. Your enrollment starts on day one. If for any reason you choose not to proceed, you can ask for a refund during your first six days. (Note: If you're enrolled in the Intensive, you can ask for a refund during the first two days.)
Q: When I’m done, what can I expect to have gained from this course?
A: When you've completed the course successfully, you'll be equipped with the English grammar skills good writing demands. You'll be able to apply what you've learned to your everyday writing, and to approach writing with greater confidence. You'll also be prepared to edit your work to make significant improvements, and you should be able to recognize structural strengths and weaknesses in others’ writing too.
For answers to questions you might have about Grammar Lion, feel free to contact Instructor Ellen directly:
Good grammar doesn't make good writing, but good writing demands good grammar.