Toastmasters is all about communication. When we communicate, in whatever language, it needs to be correct. Now, this does not mean that we need to use fancy words. But whatever we speak, must be spoken correctly — pronunciations, phrasing, sentence formation — all of it comes into play when delivering an effective speech. Some of us are brought up in environments where we have been speaking English all our lives. Still, we may sometimes, unknowingly, be using language incorrectly.
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Fellow Toastmasters, Friends and Guest. My role as a Grammarian is to pay attention to the good use of English and provide constructive feedback for improvements. At the end of the meeting, I will be on stage once again to present 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 in preparing your speech. For this meeting, the Word of the Day is the word surreal , meaning something very strange or unusual: having the quality of a dream.
Here is an example: I still feel surreal in completing all 10 Competent Communicator speeches within just one year! You are encouraged to use Word of the Day as frequent as you could in this meeting and I will count how often it was used by each speaker. I will provide my report at the end of the meeting.
You will need to jot down any good use of English by speakers when they are on stage. You may also jot down any inappropriate use of English, such as wrong pronunciation, confusing metaphors, badly structured sentences, implicit use of words etc. Otherwise, as a start, pay attention only to the good use of English instead.
After the completion of Table Topics and prepared speech sessions, the TME will introduce each facilitator to come forward to the stage once again to give their reports. When you are asked, you will need to provide a brief report on the use of language by all speakers. Dear Fellow Toastmasters, Friends and Guest, it is a pleasure listening to your speeches and I do find a few excellent use of English! Meanwhile, I am happy to see that fellow members are eager to use the World of the Day, we have name used the World of the Day for three times, great job!
As you can see, this world is really helpful in conveying your message, I hope everyone can use it more often in your future speech. Remember to bring along your Competent Leadership manual to the meeting. Your Vice-President of Education VPE either already assigned a fellow Toastmaster to evaluate your performance or make request for that ahead of the meeting.
The CL manual is included when you first joined a Toastmasters club, it is the first award as part of the leadership track. Taking up the role as a Grammarian can be counted up to four times in the CL manual for the award.
Please refer to your club VPE or assigned mentor for details. Remind your speaker to finish their speeches on time — Your Role As a Timer. As a Grammarian aka Language Evaluator , you pay close attention to the use of language, provide constructive feedback and introduce "Word of the Day" to encourage members to use during the meeting.
Here is how you could succeed this role. Before the Meeting. Prepare "Word of the Day": Find an appropriate word to introduce during the meeting. It can be a word suitable to the meeting theme or a word that you find it helpful in developing a speech. Meanwhile, Dictionary. These notes will be used for your reporting at the end of the meeting.
During the Meeting. Step 1: Introduce Your Role. The TME will introduce you to the stage to explain your role. Remember to shake your hand with the TME to take over the stage. Your script could look like this:. Step 2: Pay Attention to the Use of Language. Step 3: Reporting. Your report could look like this:. Step 4: Competent Leader optional. Here are some examples found in YouTube: Introduce your role: Reporting:.
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How To Perform The Role Of Grammarian | Toastmasters
When the topic of grammar is brought up, the image readily comes to mind of an English teacher lecturing on nouns, verbs, and dangling participles. We've all had that same English teacher and wondered what relevance an antecedent could possibly have in our lives. When encountering the role of Grammarian in your Toastmasters club, your first thought may be that you don't know much about grammar. Anything you learned from that high school English teacher has long since faded from memory.
The role of Grammarian is probably the least understood role in a Toastmasters meeting. So why do we do it and how do we prepare for the role? You will benefit from taking on the role because you have to listen carefully and be prepared to comment on what you have heard. The mission of Toastmasters is to help us learn the art of speaking , listening and thinking. The Grammarian role helps you become a better listener. The Competent Communicator Toastmasters manual describes the responsibilities on page 68 and
The Importance of Being Grammarian
Make sure you choose a word that will help the members of the audience to enhance their everyday vocabulary, rather than picking a seldom-used, archaic or slang word. Adjectives or adverbs are recommended since they are easier to incorporate into normal speech, but feel free to choose any type of word that you wish. Prepare a short definition of the word, including one or two usage examples. Feel free to write these on a piece of card to read out during the meeting.
How to be the Grammarian in Toastmasters
Fellow Toastmasters, Friends and Guest. My role as a Grammarian is to pay attention to the good use of English and provide constructive feedback for improvements. At the end of the meeting, I will be on stage once again to present 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 in preparing your speech.