USE OF ENGLISH

JAMB SYLLABUS ON USE OF ENGLISH



1. GENERAL OBJECTIVES:

The aim of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) syllabus in Use ofEnglish is to guide the candidates in their preparation for the Board’s examination. It isdesigned to evaluate the candidates’ ability to:

(i) communicate effectively in both written and spoken English; and(ii) use the English Language for learning at the tertiary level.

2. The syllabus consists of three sections:

SECTION A: Comprehension/Summary
SECTION B: Lexis and Structure, and
SECTION C: Oral Forms



DETAILED SYLLABUS

SECTION A: Comprehension/Summary
TOPICS/CONTENTS/NOTES
OBJECTIVES, Candidates should be able to:

A. Comprehension/Summary

(a) description

(b) narration

(c) exposition

(d) argumentation/persuasion.

(i) Each of the two passages to be set (onewill be a cloze test) should reflectvarious disciplines and be about 200words long.

(ii) Questions on the passages will test thefollowing:

(a) Comprehension of the whole orpart of each passage.

(b) Comprehension of words, phrases,clauses, sentences, figures ofspeech and idioms as used in thepassages.

(c) Coherence and logical reasoning(deductions, inferences, etc).

(d) Sweet Sixteen, Bolaji Abdullahi

(e) Synthesis of ideas from thepassages.

By synthesis of ideas is meant the art ofcombining distinct or separate pieces ofinformation to form a complete whole.
Candidates should be able to:

i. identify main points/topic sentences inpassages;

ii. determine implied meaning;

iii. identify the grammatical functions of words,phrases, clauses and figurative /idiomaticexpressions;

iv. deduce or infer the writer’s intentions includingmood, attitude to the subject matter andopinion
B. Lexis and Structure
TOPICS/CONTENTS/NOTES
OBJECTIVES, Candidates should be able to:

B. Lexis and Structure

(a) synonyms

(b) antonyms

(c) homonyms

(d) clause and sentence patterns

(e) word classes and their functions

(f) mood, tense, aspect, number,agreement/concord, degree (positive,comparative and superlative) and questiontags

(g) punctuation and spelling

(h) ordinary usage, figurative usage andidiomatic usage are to be tested.


NOTE:
Idioms to be tested shall be those that are formaland expressed in standard British English.
Candidates should be able to:

i. identify words and expressions in their ordinary,figurative and idiomatic contexts;

ii. determine similar and opposite meaning of words;

iii. differentiate between correct and incorrectpunctuation and spelling;

iv. identify various grammatical patterns in use;

v. interpret information conveyed in sentences.
C. Oral Forms
TOPICS/CONTENTS/NOTES
OBJECTIVES, Candidates should be able to:

C. Oral Forms

(a) Vowels (monothongs and diphthongs)

(b) Consonants (including clusters)

(c) Rhymes (including homophones)

(d) Word stress (monosyllabic and polysyllabic)

(e) Intonation (words emphatic stress)


NOTE:
Emphatic stress involves the placement of normalstress on words in an utterance for the purpose ofemphasis.
Candidates should be able to:

i. make distinctions between vowel types;

ii. differentiate between consonant types;

iii. identify correct accentuation in individual words andconnected speech.
D. THE STRUCTURE OF THE EXAMINATION
TOPICS/CONTENTS/NOTES
OBJECTIVES, Candidates should be able to:

SECTION A: Comprehension/Summary
(a) 1 comprehension passage – 5 questions

(b) I cloze passage – 10 questions

(c) 1 reading text – 10 questions

SECTION B: Lexis and Structure
(a) Sentence interpretation – 5 questions

(b) Antonyms – 5 questions

(c) Synonyms – 5questions

(d) Sentence completion – 10 questions

SECTION C: Oral Forms
10 questions

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A. RECOMMENDED TEXTS

Attah, M. O. (2013). Practice in Spoken English for Intermediate and Advanced Learners, Maiduguri:University of Maiduguri Press.

Bamgbose, A. (2002). English Lexis and Structure for Senior Secondary Schools and colleges (RevisedEdition), Ibadan: Heinemann

Banjo, A. et al (2004). New Oxford Secondary English Course Book Six for Senior Secondary Schools,Ibadan: UP Plc.

Caesar, O. J. (2003). Essential Oral English for Schools and Colleges, Lagos: Tonad Publishers Limited

Daniel Jones (2011). Cambridge English Pronouncing Dictionary, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Egbe, D. I (1996). Mastering English Usage and Communication Skills, Lagos: Tisons

Elugbe, B. (2000). Oral English for Schools and Colleges, Ibadan: Heinemann

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Idris, U. (2001). Oral English at Your Fingertips for Schools and Colleges, Lagos, M. Youngbrain Publishers

Igiligi, E. C. and Ogenyi, S. O. (2010) Grammar and Composition in the G.S.M. Age, Enugu: Joe HillsProduction Services

Jauro, L. B. (2013). Oral English for Schools and Colleges: A teaching and Learning Approach, Yola:Paraclete Publishers.

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Obinna, M. F. (2001). University Matriculation Use of English,(Fourth Edition) Port Harcourt: Sunray BooksLimited

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Intensive English for Senior Secondary School 3, Onitsha: Africana – FIRST Publisher

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Okediran W. (2019) Strange Encounters. Ibadan: HEBN Publishers Plc.

Adamu K.U. (2010) Hope In Anarchy. Ibadan: University Press Plc.

Adamu K.U. (2009) The Village Tradesman. Ibadan: University Press Plc

Nwaubani A. T. (2019) Buried Beneath The Baobab Tree. Lagos: MasobeCarinton A. (2017) Defend the Defenceless.

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