Your Role As A Grammerian

Toastmasters: Your Role As A Grammarian, With Script

As a Grammarian (or Language Evaluator), you are the guardian of proper English. Effective communication is heavily depended on choosing the right rrd or phrase to deliver speaker’s thoughts, you are their ears for that. You listen and provide feedbacks to all speakers and encourage them to use the World of the Day to enrich their choice of vocabulary . Here is how you prepare your role as a Grammarian.d

  1. You Will Need
  2. Introduce Your Role
  3. During the Meeting
  4. Reporting
  5. Examples

You Will Need

  1. Word of the Day – A word you prepare ahead of the meeting.
  2. Note Book and Pen to jot down any good use of words and sentences or anything that needed to be improved.

Here are some of the websites for you to find Word of the Day:

Toastmasters (NEW): 

http://www.toastmasters.org/Membership/Club-Meeting-Roles/Grammarian/Word-of-the-Week

(seems like the name should be Word of the Week, instead of Word of the Day as we used to)

On the Web:
Merriam Webster http://www.merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/
Free Dictionary http://dictionary.reference.com/wordoftheday/

Email Subscription:
Oxford English Dictionary http://www.oed.com/emailupdates
Wordsmith http://wordsmith.org/awad/index.html

Introduce Your Role

The Toastmasters of the Evening (TME) will introduce all facilitators and when you are called, you approach the stage and shake hand to take over the stage. You will need to introduce your role and the Word of the Day. Your script could look like this:

“Thank you Madam/Mr Toastmasters of the Evening. Fellow Toastmasters, Friends and Guest. My role as a Grammarian is to pay attention to the good use of English and provide suggestions for improvements. At the end of the meeting, I will be up on the stage again to give you my report.

Before that, I would like to introduce the Word of the Day. The Word of the Day is to help fellow members to enrich your vocabulary, one meeting at a time, so you can have a vast array of word to use to prepare your speech. For this meeting, the Word of the Day is Surreal, meaning something very strange or unusual: having the quality of a dream. For example: I still feel surreal that I have complete all 10 Competent Communicator speeches in just one year!

You are encouraged to use the Word of the Day as frequent as you could in this meeting and I will count how frequent this word has been used. I will provide my report at the end of the meeting.

Back to you Ms./Mr Toastmasters of the Evening”

During the Meeting

You will need to jot down any good use of English, for example, when a speaker say something that are able to capture your imagination with good use of metaphors, nicely structured sentences or words that are perfectly chosen, you can jot those down and provide your report later on. Using the 2014 Champion Speech by Dananjaya Hettiarachchi, here are some of the examples:

Good Use of Metaphors:
“You and I are not very different like from this flower, just like this flower is unique, you are unique.”

Nicely structured sentences:
“So my dad introduce me to this strange club that had a strange name with strange people, talking.”

Good Use of Words:
“…while I was specking I see a strange men seating in the back room, humble, simple, the unfailing quality of kindness in his eyes”

You may also jot down any wrong pronunciation of words, bad structured sentences and confusing metaphors that you could provide ways to improve when you are back on stage.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to count the number of use for Word of the Day.

Reporting

At the end of the meeting, the Toastmasters of the Evening will introduce you back on stage to give a report about your observation on the speakers’ use of English.

You can report by saying:

“Dear Fellow Toastmasters, Friends and Guest, it was a pleasure listening to your speeches and I do find a few good use of English that I would like to share…(good use of English). Meanwhile, I would like to point out some of the words and sentences that can be improved…(bad use of English).”

As a norm, we only report the words and sentences without mentioning the speakers name for it. This of course, can be different between clubs and you can check this with the previous Grammarians or the Vice President of Education (VPE) for more details.

Meanwhile, don’t forget to mention Word of the Day:

“I am happy to see that fellow members are eager to use the World of the Day, we have (name), (name) and (name) used the word (Word of the Day), great job!

Back to you, Toastmasters of the Evening!”

Examples

 

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