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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