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“Grammar is the greatest joy in life. Don’t you find??” ~ Lemony Snicket
Your role as a grammarian is to give this joy to every other club member. A good speech without proper grammar is like driving the costliest car on earth with adulterated fuel. The speech won’t progress well. Grammarian plays an important role in fixing the grammatical flaws of a speaker and encouraging him by pointing out his good usages.
As the name signifies the purpose of a grammarian is to help the speakers improve their grammatical knowledge. And let them know their good and not so good usages of the language.
Arrive early to the venue. In case you have any query regarding your role, get it clarified from the VP-Education or any other senior member. Note down the good usages, not-so-good usages and also note down the usage of “word of the day”. You are expected to come up with a “word of the day”(with meaning and usage) the moment you get to know the theme. The word of the day should be in line with the theme. Send the word of the day to the TMOD and VP-E well in advance.
You are expected to introduce yourself when called upon by the general evaluator. You can use the following lines to introduce yourself.
“Hello all. I am Toastmaster _________ and I will be playing the role of grammarian today. As a grammarian I will note down the good usages and not so good usages of English language. This helps the speaker to improve and evolve as a better communicator. The word of the day is _______. It means ________. It can be used in a sentence like_____. I will provide my report towards the end of the meeting when called upon by the evaluator”
Common mistakes and points to note
- Always remember that you are a grammarian and not a grammar teacher. Do not talk too technically when you present your report. There are some grammarians who give a report like this – “Your Subject Verb Predicate usages were good. But in certain places you could have used simple past tense instead of past participle”. Our purpose is to let people know what went wrong and not to showcase our grammatical knowledge and use terminologies that many people in the audience would not understand.
- While presenting reports, it is suggested that you mention the speaker’s name and give him the credit for every good usage of English language. However, while talking about incorrect usages, it is not really necessary to mention the name of the speaker who spoke with an incorrect usage. If you mention what the incorrect usage was, the speaker who did the mistake will automatically realize. It is sometimes good to speak about bad usages offline after the meeting, especially when there are too many of them.