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Use of English Syllabus from Jamb
The main purpose of the Joint Admissions and
Matriculation Board Use of English Course is to prepare
all registered candidates for the ongoing UTME
examination. It is properly designed in to test their
academic achievement of the course curriculum and
aims, which are as follow:
(1) communicate effectively in both written and spoken
(2) have a sound linguistic basis for learning at the
The syllabus consists of two sections
SECTION A: Comprehension/Summary
SECTION B: Lexis, Structure and Oral Forms
B DETAILED SYLLABUS
(i) Each of the four passages to be set (one will be a close test) should reflect various disciplines and be about 400 words long.
(ii) Questions on the passages, The Potters 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,
(d) Synthesis of ideas from the passages.
By synthesis of ideas is meant the art of combining
distinct or separate pieces of information to form a
complex whole, that is; the ability to make
generalizations from specific ideas mentioned in the
passages, such generalizations involve identifying the
mood or tone of the writer, his attitude to the subject
matter, his point of view, etc. In this regard, synthesis is a
higher-level skill than summary.
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, etc.
2. Lexis, Structural and Oral Forms
2.1 Lexis and Structure
(d) clause and sentence patterns.
(e) word classes and their functions.
(f) mood, tense, aspect, number, agreement/concord,
degree (positive, comparative and superlative) and
(g) punctuation and spelling.
(h) ordinary usage (words in their denotative or
dictionary sense), figurative usage (expressions used in
ways other than literal) and idiomatic usage (expressions
whose meanings cannot be determined hrough a mere
combination of individual words) are to be tested.
Idioms to be tested will be those expressed in standard
British English (i.e those with universal acceptability).
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
(a)Vowels (monophthongs and diphthongs.
(b)Consonants (including clusters).
(d)Stress (word, sentence and emphatic).
Sentence stress should not be mistaken or 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, Til see you soon*.
Candidates should be able to:
i. distinguish correct from incorrect vowels;
ii. differentiate correct from incorrect consonants;
iii.identify silent letters, vowel length, consonant clusters,
iv. determine appropriate uses of stress in words
(monosyllable, disyllable and polysyllable) and in
v. detect partial and complete rhymes
C. THE STRUCTURE OF THE EXAMINATION
(a)2 comprehension passages (10 questions in all, 3
marks each) = 30 marks
(b)I cloze passage (10 questions in all, 2 marks each) = 20
(c)2 texts (The Potter's Wheel 10 questions -15 marks
and The Successors 5 questions-10 marks) = 25 marks
Lexis, Structure and Oral Forms
(a)Sentence interpretation (10 questions in all, 2 marks
each) = 20 marks
(b)Antonyms (opposite in meaning 10 questions in all,
1 mark each) = 10 marks
(c)Synonyms (same in meaning 10 questions in all, 1
mark each) = 10 marks
(d)Sentence completion (filling in the gaps 20
questions in all, 1 mark each) = 20 marks
(e)Oral forms (15 questions in all, 1 mark each) =15
marks Total: 100 questions = 150 marks
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