Taking on this role improves vocabulary, grammar, critical listening skills and evaluation skills.
The grammarian plays an important role in helping all club members improve their
grammar and vocabulary.
As a Grammarian you,
- Introduce new words to meeting participants and monitor language and grammar usage.
- Write down the language and grammar usage of all speakers, noting incomplete sentences, mispronunciations, grammatical mistakes, non-sequiturs, malapropisms, etc. Example: “One in five children wear glasses” should be “one in five children wears glasses.”
- At the end of the meeting, give your complete report when called on.
- Introduce a “Word of the Week” that helps meeting participants increase their vocabulary; display the word, part of speech, and a brief definition with a visual aid and prepare a sentence showcasing how the word should be used. Note who uses this word or any derivatives thereof correctly or incorrectly during the meeting.
- Communicate with the Toastmaster to get the Theme for the meeting and choose a Word-of-the-Day that is related.
- Be sure to notify the VPE of the Word-of-the-Day so it can be added to the Agenda.
- Make a visual aid with the of the Word-of-the-Day in large letters to be held up during the TableTopics to remind speakers use the word.
During the Meeting:
- Give brief introduction when called upon by the Toastmaster at the beginning of the meeting including what you will be doing and introducing the Word-of-the-Day with its definition.
- Hold up a copy of the word during the Table Topics speakers to remind them to use it if they are about to end and have not yet used it.
- Give Report at end including who used the Word-of-the-Day. Should not be more than 1 minute.
- In your report, mention best uses of vocabulary and interesting language, and usage that was improper, or perhaps inappropriate.
- Prepare your intro and report to minimize time used during the meeting.
- Intro should be under 30 seconds.
- Report at end should be under 1 minute and shorter if meeting is running late.