JAMB Syllabus for Literature in English 2024/2025

JAMB Syllabus for Literature in English

In this article, we will explore the details of the JAMB Literature in English syllabus for 2024, offering valuable insights, breakdowns, and tips to assist you in navigating this essential aspect of your exam preparation. Join us on this exploration to comprehend what the JAMB examiners have prepared for the Literature in English section and equip yourself with the knowledge necessary for success.

JAMB Syllabus for Literature in English 2024/2025

This is to inform the public, particularly those intending to take part in the 2024 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME), that the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) has published the Literature in English syllabus for the 2024 UTME. The syllabus is accessible for download in PDF format, providing you with convenient access to the material that will influence your success in the exam.

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JAMB Literature in English Syllabus 2024/2025 General Objective

The purpose of the Literature in English syllabus for the Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME) is to prepare candidates for the Board’s exam. The syllabus is crafted to assess their fulfillment of the course objectives, which include:

  1. Stimulate and sustain their interest in Literature in English; 
  2. Create an awareness of the general principles and functions of language; 
  3. Appreciate literary works of all genres and across all cultures; 
  4. Apply the knowledge of Literature in English to the analysis of social, political and economic events in the society. 

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Jamb Syllabus for Literature in English 2024/2025

1. DRAMA

Topics:

a. Types:
i. Tragedy
ii. Comedy
iii. Tragicomedy
iv. Melodrama
v. Farce
vi. Opera etc.

b. Dramatic Techniques

i. Characterization

ii. Dialogue

iii. Flashback

iv. Mime

v. Costume

vi. Music/Dance

vii. Décor/scenery

viii. Acts/Scenes

ix. Soliloquy/aside

x. Figures of Speech etc

c. Interpretation of the Prescribed Texts
i. Theme
ii. Plot
iii. Socio-political context
iv. Setting

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:
i. identify the various types of drama;
ii. analyse the contents of the various types of drama;
iii. compare and contrast the features of different dramatic types;
iv. demonstrate adequate knowledge of dramatic techniques used in each prescribed text;
v. differentiate between styles of selected playwrights;
vi. determine the theme of any prescribed text;
vii. identify the plot of the play;
viii. apply the lessons of the play to everyday living
ix. identify the spatial and temporal setting of the play.

2. PROSE

Topics:

a. Types:
i. Fiction
– Novel
– Novella/Novelette
– Short story
ii. Non-fiction
– Biography
– Autobiography
– Memoir
iii. Faction: a combination of fact and fiction

b. Narrative Techniques/Devices:
i. Point of view
– Omniscent/Third Person
– First Person
ii. Characterisation
– Round, flat, foil, hero, antihero, etc
iii. Language

c. Textual Analysis
i. Theme
ii. Plot
iii. Setting (Temporal/Spatial)
iv. Socio-political context

Objectives: 

Candidates should be able to:
i. differentiate between types of prose;
ii. identify the category that each prescribed text belongs to;
iii. analyse the components of each type of prose;
iv. identify the narrative techniques used in each of the prescribed texts;
v. determine an author’s narrative style;
vi. distinguish between one type of character from another;
vii. determine the thematic pre-occupation of the author of the prescribed text;
viii. indicate the plot of the novel; identify the temporal and spatial setting of the novel.
ix. identify the temporal and spatial setting of the novel
x. relate the prescribed text to real-life situations.

3. POETRY

Topics:

a. Types:
i. Sonnet
ii. Ode
iii. Lyrics
iv. Elegy
v. Ballad
vi. Panegyric
vii. Epic
viii. Blank Verse, etc.

b. Poetic devices
i. Structure
ii. Imagery
iii. Sound(Rhyme/Rhythm, repetition, pun, onomatopoeia, etc.)
iv. Diction
v. Persona

c. Appreciation
i. Thematic preoccupation
ii. Socio-political relevance
iii. Style.

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:
i. identify different types of poetry;
ii. compare and contrast the features of different poetic types:
iii. determine the devices used by various poets;
iv. show how poetic devices are used for aesthetic effect in each poem;
v. deduce the poet’s preoccupation from the poem;
vi. appraise poetry as an art with moral values;
vii. apply the lessons from the poem to real-life situations.

4. GENERAL LITERARY PRINCIPLES

Topics:

a. Literary terms: foreshadowing, suspense, theatre, monologue, dialogue, soliloquy, symbolism, protagonist, antagonist, figures of speech, satire, stream of consciousness, etc., in addition to those listed above under the different genres.

b. Literary principles
i. Direct imitation in play;
ii. Versification in drama and poetry;
iii. Narration of people’s experiences;
iv. Achievement of aesthetic value, etc.

c. Relationship between literary terms and principles.

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:
i. identify literary terms in drama, prose, and poetry;
ii. identify the general principles of Literature;
iii. differentiate between literary terms and principles;
iv. use literary terms appropriately.

5. LITERARY APPRECIATION

Topics:

Unseen passages/extracts from Drama, Prose, and Poetry.

Objectives:

Candidates should be able to:
i. determine literary devices used in a given passage/extract;
ii. provide a meaningful interpretation of the given passage/extract;
iii. relate the extract to true life experiences.

 

LIST OF JAMB AFRICAN AND NON-AFRICAN PLAYS, NOVELS, AND POEMS

Drama:

African:
i. Wole Soyinka: Lion and the Jewel

Non-African:
i. John Osborne: Look Back in Anger

Prose:

African:
i. Buchi Emecheta: Second Class Citizen
ii. Alex Agyei Agyiri: Unexpected Joy at Dawn

Non-African:
i. Emile Bronte: Wuthering Heights

Poetry:

African:
i. Leopold Sedar Senghor: Black Woman
ii.Niyi Osundare: The Leader and the Led
iii.Agostinho Neto: The Grieved Lands
iv. Oumar Farouk Sesay: The Song of the Women of the lands
v. Lade Wosornu: Raider of the Treasure Trove
vi. Onu Chibuike: A Government Driver on his Retirement

Non-African:
i. John Donne: The Good Morrow
ii. Maya Angelou: Caged Birds
iii. T. S. Elliot: The Journey of the Magi
iv. D. H. Lawrence:  Bats

JAMB Syllabus For Literature in English PDF Download

Jamb Literature in English Syllabus 2024 Recommended Textbook

  1. Gbemisola, A. (2005) Naked Soles, Ibadan: Kraft
  2. Hayward, J. (ed.) (1968) The Penguin Book of English Verse, London Penguin
  3. Johnson, R. et al (eds.) (1996) New Poetry from Africa, Ibadan: UP Plc
  4. Kermode, F. et al (1964) Oxford Anthology of English Literature, Vol. II, London: OUP
  5. Parker, E.W. (ed.) (1980) A Pageant of Longer Poems London: Longman
  6. Senanu, K. E. and Vincent, T. (eds.) (1993) A Selection of African Poetry, Lagos: Longman
  7. Nduke Ofiono and Odoh DIego Okenyodo (eds) Camouflage: Best of Contemporary writing from Nigeria, an anthology of new Nigerian writters, Mace Books Association, 20221. New edition.

In conclusion, mastering the JAMB Literature in English syllabus for 2024 is key to success. Use the provided insights and tips to navigate your preparation effectively. Best of luck in your upcoming exam!

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