JAMB Syllabus for Use of English for candidates


The aim of the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME)
Syllabus in Use of English is to prepare the candidates for the
Board's examination. It is designed to test their achievement of the
course objectives, which are to:
1. Communicate effectively in both written and spoken English;
2. Have a sound linguistic basis for learning at the tertiary level.
The syllabus consists of two sections
SECTION A: Comprehension/ Summary
SECTION B: Lexis, Structure and Oral Forms.
1. Comprehension/Summary
Jamb Candidates should be able to:
i. Identify main points in passages,
ii. Determine implied meaning,
iii. Identify the grammatical functions of words, phrases and clauses
and figurative/ idiomatic expression,
iv. Deduce or infer the writer's opinion, mood, attitude to the subject matter.
In comprehension each of the four passages to be set should reflect
various disciplines and be about 400 words long. Questions on the
passages will test the following:
The Potter's Wheel by Chukwuemeka Ike and The Successors by Jerry
Agada will test the following:
a. Comprehension of the whole or part of each passages.
b. Comprehension of words, phrases, clauses, sentences, figures of
speech and idioms as used in the passages.
C. Coherence and logical reasoning( deductions, inferences, etc.
D. Synthesis of ideas from the passages.
2. Lexis, Structural and Oral Forms
Jamb candidates should be able to:
i. Use words and expressions in their ordinary, figurative and
idiomatic contexts;
ii. Determine similar and opposite meanings:
iii. Differentiate between correct and incorrect punctuation and spelling;
iv. Identify various grammatical pattern in use;
v. Interpret information conveyed in sentences.
2.2 Oral forms
Jamb candidates should be able to
i. Distinguish correct from incorrect vowels,
ii. Differentiate correct from incorrect consonats,
iii. Identify silent letters, vowel length, consonant clusters, etc.
Iv. Determine appropriate uses of stress in words (monosyllabic,
disyllable and polysyllable) and in sentences(emphatic/contrastive)
v. Detect partial and complete rhymes.
NOTE: Sentence stress should not be mistaken for emphatic or
contrastive stress. It involves the placement of normal stress on
content words (nouns, main verbs, adjectives and adverbs) in an
utterance. Here no emphasis or contrast is intended. For example, the
words 'see' and 'soon' would normally be stressed in the sentence,
I'II see you soon'.

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