Betty Azar

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Betty Schrampfer Azar is the author of the Azar Grammar Series for students of English as a second or foreign language. A staple in English language teaching for more than three decades, the series contains dozens of books and is widely used throughout the globe.[1]

Azar is a proponent of Grammar-Based Teaching in which grammar serves as the starting point and foundation for the development of all language skills — speaking, listening, writing, and reading.[2][3]

The series is entering its fifth edition. With the addition of co-author Stacy A. Hagen in 2006, the series is now known as the Azar-Hagen Grammar Series.

There are three principal textbooks in the series: Understanding and Using English Grammar,[4] Fundamentals of English Grammar[5] and Basic English Grammar.[6]

In 2017, TESOL International Association named the Betty Azar Travel Grant for Practicing ESL ESL/EFL Teachers in her honor. This grant helps pay for participants to travel to the annual TESOL conference.[7]


  1. ^ ESL MiniConference / April 2002 / Achievement Profile: Betty Schrampfer Azar
  2. ^ TESL-EJ/September 2007/Volume 11/Number 22/Grammar-Based Teaching: A Practitioner's Perspective
  3. ^ A Description of Grammar-Based Teaching
  4. ^ Betty Schrampfer Azar and Stacy Hagen (2009) Understanding and Using English Grammar (4th ed.). Pearson Education. ISBN 978-0132333337.
  5. ^ Betty S. Azar and Stacy Hagen (2011).Fundamentals of English Grammar Pearson Education. ISBN 978-0137071692
  6. ^ Betty Schrampfer Azar and Stacy Hagen (2014) Basic English Grammar(4th ed.). Pearson Education. ISBN 978-0132942249
  7. ^ "The Betty Azar Travel Grants: Gobinda Puri at TESOL 2017". TESOL Blog. Retrieved 2019-03-17.

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