Elizabeth O'Brien teaches people to be confident users of English grammar!
Her step-by-step approach uses sentence diagrams to teach grammar systematically.
How did you become a grammar teacher?
Today I enjoy helping people understand and teach grammar, but I used to feel confused and overwhelmed by it.
While in college earning my degree in Elementary Education and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), I was teaching grade school and junior high students, and I was tutoring English grammar to ESL college students.
But, I had a problem... I had no idea what I was doing! I had negative grammar experiences in my schooling that led me to think I would never be able to understand grammar. I was self-conscious.
During my teaching and tutoring sessions, students would ask me questions that I had no idea how to answer. I would grope for answers in the books we were using and babble some kind of unintelligible answer that didn't help my students at all. I felt nervous, guilty, and confused. I would keep my voice low because I didn't want other tutors or teachers to overhear me. I felt terrible about myself.
One day, I decided to make a change. I was tired of feeling self-conscious about my grammar and my teaching. I made the decision to learn this material no matter what!
I took a grammar class the next semester, and I made a commitment to study everything until I understood it. Luckily for me, I had an excellent professor. She taught us grammar in a logical order, and she used sentence diagrams.
For the first time in my life, I was understanding grammar. I earned an A in my class, but the best thing was that my grade reflected the confidence I felt inside.
Since then, I've taught grammar in a graspable, fun way to my own students, and I've made a commitment to help other educators who struggle with grammar. I teach with sentence diagrams and a logical progression of material.
I've worked with hundreds of learners, created the Grammar Revolution website, and created several courses and books to help people learn grammar in an approachable, interesting, fun, visual way.
Whom are your materials for?
I work with people just like you who want to understand grammar but have never been taught properly.
My customers are typically ...
People use my information to teach themselves or their students.
How are your materials different from other grammar programs?
I really enjoy helping people learn grammar, and I tend to be pretty peppy, which is something you won't find in many other grammar instructors!
I use a step-by-step approach that includes lessons and the visuals of sentence diagramming to teach grammar in a systematic way.
Sentence diagramming is becoming a lost art, and I'm bringing it and all of its benefits back in style!
What is expected of me?
When you commit to learning and teaching grammar with my grammar programs, I'll do everything I can to teach you with enthusiasm, but you have to do some work as well.
You must devote some of your time and brain power to completing the course work and soaking up all of the yummy information!
If you work with me and take the time to think through each lesson, you're going to feel more confident as a teacher and person, and you're going to enjoy a more peaceful classroom filled with engaged and curious students.
Whom are your programs NOT for?
My programs are not for people who already have a strong grasp of grammar and are satisfied with their current grammar instruction program.
If you and your students can already diagram sentences and you feel confident and comfortable teaching your students, then my programs are not for you.
If you're this kind of person, you probably shouldn't invest in any of my programs. I wouldn’t want you to waste your time or money.
What are your grammar instruction programs and what do they include?
All of my programs are for fifth graders through adults.
Do your programs really work?
Yes! When grammar is taught in a certain order, people are able to understand and retain the information.
When this proper sequencing of material is paired with sentence diagramming, it boosts people's understanding and enjoyment.
Sentence diagrams make the connection between words, phrases, and clauses visual. They show us the structure within sentences, and they are fun to create.
What results can I expect?
You can expect to:
Elizabeth, I know that you're the one I want to learn from. How can I get started?
Congratulations! You're going to learn grammar, teach your students, and have a great time!
You'll probably want to check out the products page to see which program will be right for you.
I'm not quite sure I'm ready to get started. How can I sample your work at a low cost so I can decide if this is right for me?
A way to sample my approach is by subscribing to Diagram It, my bi-weekly email newsletter.
It provides you with lessons, tips, and sentence diagrams to get you started. It's a must for anyone who wants to start feeling confident about grammar. Subscribe here.
OK, I'm ready to do this for myself, but I have a couple of questions. May I contact you?
Great. It sounds like you're ready to make a change! If you have a couple of questions, just use the contact form, and I'd be happy to walk you through the different options to see which one will be the best for you.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Elizabeth & David O'Brien
Beginner's Deluxe Program
Teach yourself or your students grammar and sentence diagramming in ten minutes a day! Start immediately.
Beginner's Basic Program
Learn how to diagram sentences.
The Perfect Supplement
Look up topics, learn about them, and see how they are diagrammed.
Advanced Program ANSWER KEY
Keep your grammar and diagramming skills sharp!
Advanced Program WORKBOOK
Keep your grammar and diagramming skills sharp!