Written by Craig Turner

Being a grammarian is an important part of every Toastmasters meeting. The grammarian is responsible for the following:

  • Picking up on slip ups in the use of grammar.
  • Correcting mispronounced words.
  • Suggesting a better way to say a sentence.
  • Highlighting outstanding use of language.

When you pick up on an error of some sort, you write down the speaker’s name and the error.

Mispronounced words come about when the speaker says the word too fast or gets tongue tied, when you give your report you say, (speaker’s name) you said (mispronounced word) instead of (correct word).

Sometimes there are better ways to say a sentence. When you hear the sentence and you know a better way to say it, write it down.   For example: the butterfly goes through many stages in its life, a better way to say the sentence would be: the butterfly has many stages in its life.

Whenever a speaker uses what you feel is an outstanding use of language, write it down and congratulate the speaker during your report.

Wherever possible try to “sandwich” any constructive criticisms between positive remarks. This makes it easier on the recipient’s behalf to accept the points of improvement on their use of language.

Always remember, if you are having trouble or have any questions on how to be a grammarian, don’t be afraid to ask.

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