Grammar Speaks

Betty’s Talking Heads

What's a Talking Head?

Talking Heads Intro

The Talking Heads were originally developed to introduce grammar charts on the CD-ROMs that accompany Understanding and Using English Grammar (blue book) and Fundamentals of English Grammar (black book). I wanted to find a way to speak directly to students who were using a computer program. To do this, I came up with the solution of creating grammar characters, animated cartoon characters named for aspects of English grammar. I affectionately call them Talking Heads.

Now the Talking Heads are available on MyEnglishLab: Azar, a dynamic and easy-to-use online learning and assessment program.

These characters are the closest I could come to getting inside a computer myself and talking directly to the learner. Creating these grammar characters is some of the most enjoyable writing I've ever done.

—Betty Azar

show What are the purposes of the Talking Heads?

show How can I use the Talking Heads?


The MyEnglishLab: Azar program is now available as a two-level online course. Easy to use and very affordable.

Meet the Talking Heads