The latest additions to the WordPress for Toastmasters system are a consolidated calendar that works across timezones and digital evaluation prompts for English as a Second Language speakers. test 4

Toastmost Consolidated Calendar

The Toastmost.org website now features a consolidated calendar of the events at participating clubs from around the world, many of whom are hosting online or hybrid meetings. You can see the entire event listing with times translated for your local timezone, making it easier to determine whether you can attend.

Consolidated Calendar

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Evaluation Prompts for Second Language Speakers

The web-based evaluations provided as part of the WordPress for Toastmasters system now include four additional prompts for those giving speeches in a language that’s not their native language. These prompts can be made to appear after the standard prompts based on those from the Pathways forms for each project.

The additional prompts in this “beta” release of the feature are:

  • Pace: not too fast or too slow
  • Grammar and word usage
  • Word tense, gender, and pronouns
  • Clear pronunciation

Adding these prompts was a feature request from Deborah Pinnock, who recently finished her term as president of Club Awesome Toastmasters in Coral Springs, Florida — a club that counts many English as a second language speakers among its members. Often, one of the reasons they have joined Toastmasters is to get practice with their business English, and these optional prompts are a way of giving them more systematic feedback on their language use.

Additional Evaluation Prompts

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