Guide: Grammarian

Grammarian report: 3-4 minutes


  • The Grammarian plays an important role in helping all club members improve their grammar and vocabulary. (70-80% of your report)
  • In addition, you will note any overused words or filler sounds used as a crutch by anyone who speaks during the meeting. Words may be inappropriate interjections, such as “and”, “well”, “but”, “so” and “you know”. Sounds may be “ah”, “um” or “er”. (20-30% of your report)


  • Bring two printouts of the word of the day
  • Deliver your report in the third person. Refer to speakers by name and talk to the whole room.

Download this Grammarian checklist to use during the meeting.

How to do the role

1) Read the guides at the back of the Competent Communication manuals for the Grammarian and the Ah-Counter.

2) Choose a Word of the Day on the meeting theme, if there is one.

Print the word to fill an A4 sheet. Print two sheets.

Before the meeting starts, display 1) one in a place that the speaker can see and 2) one that the audience can see.

3) Bring your Competent Leadership manual with you to the meeting. Before the meeting, choose the CL task (CL1, CL2, CL3 or CL4) you will be addressing. Before the meeting starts, find a Toastmaster to give you a written evaluation. Give them your CL manual.

4) During the meeting, decide who will win the following awards. You will write the certificates (first name + date). For awards on use of English, write what the person said to win the award.

Don’t reveal the winners in your report. Give the completed certificates to the President before the awards section.

  • The Least Ah-Um Count
  • Most Imaginative (or Expressive) Use of English*
  • Best Use of the Word of the Day*

Don’t forget

Your job is to give a report to help people improve their use of English and the way they speak. The bulk of your report should give feedback, good examples and recommendations for specific people.

Choose a Word of the Day (on the meeting theme if there is one) – bring two printouts to put up before the meeting. One facing the speaker, one facing the audience.

Deliver your report in the third person. Refer to speakers by name and talk to the whole room.

Anything not clear? Contact the VP Education.