This page has information about the Grammarian role at a Toastmasters meeting.
An enjoyable and creative role
Being a Grammarian will expand and improve your thinking and listening skills, and is a very enjoyable role.
The role may sometimes be combined with the Ah-Counter and/or Memory Master (also known as Listening Post).
Role of Grammarian
The Grammarian completes a range of tasks:
- presents the word or theme of the meeting
- listens to each speaker's grammar and language
- notes grammatical mistakes, as well as examples of good word usage
- assesses use or overuse of "filler", or unnecessary words such as "really", "actually", "like", etc.
- and offers suggestions for improvement in a verbal report at the end of the meeting
The Grammarian role can be used for the following Competent Leadership Award Projects:
- Listening and Leadership
- Critical Thinking
- Giving Feedback
- Time Management
Download a Powerpoint presentation on the Role of the Grammarian for use as an Educational.
For more information about the role of Grammarian, look in the Competent Communication Manual, pages 74-75.
The Ah-Counter notes words and sounds used as a "crutch" or "pause filler" by speakers during a Toastmasters meeting.
This role is sometimes combined with the Grammarian role.
Some clubs may levy a fine for the use of ah's and um's.
The Ah-Counter role can be used for the Competent Leadership Award Project 1.
For more information about the role of Ah-Counter, look in the Competent Communication Manual, page 75.
The Memory Master listens carefully to all speakers, noting down any points of interest, facts or other things that happened, along with the answer or correct version.
Towards the end of the meeting, the Memory Master asks the audience to answer questions about what people said or did during the meeting. It can be a fun way to end a meeting and challenge the audience to remember points about the meeting.
This role may be combined with the Grammarian and/or Ah-Counter role.
Download and print a Memory Master Checklist form.