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Grammarian

Purpose   Tick  To report in an instructive way on the use of the English language as used during the evening. You can bring up errors in grammar or particularly interesting turns of phrase. Don't be backward in suggesting that a member made a certain error. No speaker is perfect, and even the best will slip into error or carelessness - so be prepared.
     
What to do during your assignment Tick  Maintain a clear and accurate record of each member's offences.
Tick  Listen for incorrect pronunciations, poorly enunciated words, incorrect grammatical forms, poor/faulty selection and use of words or phrases, (ab)use of clich├ęs.
  Tick Listen also for interesting turns of phrases, excellent use of words and picturesque or descriptive language.
  Tick Do not apologise for your own limited knowledge of grammar. Everybody is learning. If in doubt about a point, ask someone. This will help everyone.
  Tick If you are mentioning a grammatical error or mispronunciation, it is good to offer the correct form. However, avoid lengthy explanations of fine points of grammar. These will be lost on the audience, especially towards the end of the evening.
  Tick  When presenting your report at the end of the night, avoid reading out all the names on your list. Make it an exception report, noting only the most significant or interesting. Keep to your time.
  Tick If the meeting is running close to or overtime, make your report concise.
Tick  Hand back to the person who called you to the front, either the General Evaluator or the Chairman.
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