Grammarian Role

GrammarianTaking 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 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.
  • At the end of the meeting, give your complete report when called on.
  • Optional: Introduce a “Word of the Day” 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.
  • To make the role easier it is well worth using the Toastmasters International mobile app:

Paul Carroll from the London Athenians Toastmasters club created an excellent list of rhetorical devices and examples of how they can be used as a Grammarian which you can download here: Grammarian’s rhetorical devices