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SUMMIT UNIVERSITY OFFA

GNS 111 : USE OF ENGLISH I (FIRST-SEMESTER)


DRAFT CURRICULUM

WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

1 Lexical Morphemes: At the end of the lecture, students are expected


constituents Types and to:
of English Functions (i) list the types of morphemes alongside their
accompanying sub-types;
(ii) differentiate between the major types of
morpheme;
(iii) specify the meanings of morphemes in word
contexts;
(iv)use selected morphemes in acceptable
combinations;
(v) categorise morphemes according to their
structural functions ( i.e. divide complex words
into their component morphemes; and
(vi) Generate new words via affixation.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

2 Nouns Types and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
Functions to:
(i) list the noun types in English;
(ii) differentiate between the major noun types;
(iii) use selected noun forms in a sentence and
identify their sub-class;
(iv) categorise nouns according to their
grammatical roles;
(v) state their functions as used in the sentence;
and
(vi) generate many words using the singular and
plural forms of nouns.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

3 Verbs Types and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
functions to:
(i) define a verb;
(ii) enumerate different types of verbs;
(iii)employ selected verbs in different
contexts/sentences;
(iv)classify verbs according to their types and
functions;
(v)differentiate between the various forms in
which a verb can be used; and
(vi) give examples of verb types and use them in
correct sentences.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

4 Adjectives Types and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
Functions of to:
Adjective (i) list the forms of Adjectives;
(ii) differentiate between sub-classes of adjective,
e.g. inherent/non-inherent; gradable/non-
gradable; stative/dynamic
(iii) use adjectives effectively in nominal groups;
(iv)show competence in the appropriate use of
adjectives in sentence formation; and;
(v) use all sub-classes of adjectives in acceptable
contexts.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

5 Grammatical Classes and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
Words of Functions to:
English (i) mention the classes of function words in
English;
(ii) classify function words into their respective
syntactic categories;
(iii) use selected word correctly in given
grammatical slots;
(iv)distinguish between content words and
grammatical words;
(v) justify appropriateness of certain elements in
given grammatical slots; and
(vi) generate possible variants of grammatical
items in different items in different grammatical
contexts.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

6 The phrase Types and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
as a syntactic functions to:
group (i) identify and list the phrase types;
(ii) differentiate between the major types of
phrase;
(iii) use selected words in acceptable structure to
show some phrasal elements;
(iv)categorise phrases according to their types;
(v) specify their constitutional structure; and
(vi) write different phrasal structures and
categorise them into their respective groups.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

7 The clause Constituents, At the end of the lecture, students are expected
Types and to:
Functions (i) define a clause and list its constituents ;
(ii) specify the different clause types and
subtypes;
(iii) categorise sample clauses into the main and
subordinate classes;
(iv)classify given subordinate clauses according to
their respective grammatical functions;
(v)differentiate between the clause sub-types; and
(vi) combine different group/phrasal categories to
generate a clause type.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

8 The Sentence types At the end of the lecture, students are expected
Sentence structures and to:
functions (i) define the English sentence;
(ii) classify the sentence according to grammatical
structure (i.e. simple, compound and complex
etc.)and function(i.e. declarative ,interrogative,
imperative, etc) ;
(iii) use words for effective sentence formation;
(iv)categorise given sentences according to their
structural constituents;
(v) enhance expressiveness in sentence through a
suitable use of lexical items; and
(vi) vary the forms of sentence for effective
communication.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

9 Lexical Morphemes: At the end of the lecture, students are expected


constituents Types and to:
of English Functions (i) describe main and subordinate clauses in the
structure of an English sentence;
(ii)summarise the key components of the English
clause using the SPCA parameters;
(iii) provide possible examples of S, P, C, and A
components from authentic passages (e.g.
naturally occurring conversations in class);
(iv)parse the given sentences to the word level
using systemic grammar approach;
(v) extract the main (alpha) clauses from the given
passage; and
(vi) suggest how to structurally differentiate alpha
clauses from their beta counterparts.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

10 Listening Listening Levels At the end of the lecture, students are expected
Skills to:
(i) list the activities involved in effective listening
processes;
(ii) highlight the major levels of listening;
(iii) differentiate between listening and other
language skills;
(iv)state the major differences between
‘’HEARING’’ and ‘’LISTENING’’;
(v) examine the importance of severe environment
(context) as a catalyst to effective listening skill;
and
(vi) listen carefully to the passage in order to
identify the main parts (analytical level.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

11 Speaking Speech Sound, At the end of the lecture, students are expected
skills Preparation and to:
Delivery (i) list the major classes of English speech sounds;
(ii) enumerate major speech peculiarities of
English;
(iii) pronounce English words without (or with
minimal) mother tongue interference;
(iv)differentiate between the different levels of
speech sound;
(v) demonstrate the significance of accent in
speech; and
(vi) reproduce sample spoken text in English with
relatively minimal transfer of mother tongue
accents.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

12 Library Skills
SUMMIT UNIVERSITY OFFA
GNS 112 : USE OF ENGLISH II (SECOND-SEMESTER)
DRAFT CURRICULUM
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

2 Reading skills Note-taking and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
Note-making to:
strategies (i) list listening techniques essential for successful
note-taking;
(ii)differentiate note-taking and Note-making;
(iii) use summary techniques in taking/making
notes;
(iv)distinguish between the short forms for note-
taking and note-making;
(v) store notes taken or made properly in ways
that ensure their easy retrieval; and
(vi) take and make notes effectively.

WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

3 Developing At the end of the lecture, students are expected


Effective to:
Study Skills (i) name the type of study skills, habit and
strategies;
(ii) explain the types of study skills, habits and
strategies ;
(iii) apply the study skills strategies in answering
questions they or their lecturers have formulated
or the ones from comprehension passages;
(iv)using the PQRST strategy, outline the main
points in comprehension passage(s);
(v) summarise the contents of a passage; and
(vi) generate synonyms that can fit into the
contexts of difficult words as underlined in the
given passages.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

4 Writing Task Purpose, At the end of the lecture, students are expected
audience, and to:
genre analysis in (i) list and explain the stages involved in writing
a writing task task;
(ii) describe activities involved in each of the
stages;
(iii) itemise and summarise the different genre
types;
(iv)categorise writing according to audience type;
(v) justify the need for writer to analyse and
accommodate the readers’ needs; and
(vi) create appropriate coherent writing pieces for
appropriate audiences.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

5 Paragraph Types and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
Development elements of a to:
Paragraph (i) list the various forms of paragraph;
(ii)differentiate between topic sentences and
supporting sentences;
(iii) demonstrate sufficient understanding of how
to organise ideas in paragraph;
(iv)show competence in the appropriate use of
transitions in paragraph development for
coherence purposes;
(v)use all kinds of paragraphs for efficient
discourse writing; and
(vi) apply the principles of paragraph to develop
good essays.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

6 Letter Formal, Semi- At the end of the lecture, students are expected
Writing formal and to:
Informal (i)mention the types of letters;
(ii)identify the similarities among the letter types;
(iii)distinguish among informal, semi-formal and
formal letters;
(iv)state the distinguishing features of the
language of formal and informal letter;
(v)generate letter topics for each of the letter
type; and
(vi) highlight and illustrate the stages in the
formats of formal, semi-formal and informal
letters.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

7 Essay Writing Types and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
features to:
(i)list the types of essays alongside their
accompanying sub-types;
(ii)describe the different parts of an essay;
(iii)explain the feature of the various essay types;
(iv)generate topics for each of the essay types;and
(v) specify the roles of transitional devices in an
essay.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

8 Essay Writing Language and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
style to:
(i)list the forms of essay(narrative, descriptive,
expository, argumentative);;
(ii)differentiate all forms of essays in terms of
language use;
(iii)demonstrate appropriate skills of essay writing;
(iv)enhance effective essay writing through the
use of appropriate parameters such as (content,
organisation, expression and mechanical accuracy.
(v) vary the choice of language and use of tenses
according to essay types; and
(vi) compose an essay of about 250 words on
given topic

WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

9 Report Long Essay and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
Writing and Structure to:
Types (i)mention the types of report;
(ii)explain the purposes of the varying types of
report;
(iii)organise reports according to their structure,
language and tone;
(iv)explain the format of Long Essays;
(v) specify if the types of reports accurately
achieve their purposes; and
(vi) compose a report of any type.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

10 Speech Speech writing At the end of the lecture, students are expected
Writing and oratory to:
(i)mention and explain the peculiarities of speech;
(ii)distinguish between the peculiarities of Speech
and Writing;
(iii)identify different speech varieties and their
features;
(iv)specify speaking functions, types of delivery
and effective speech strategies
(v) suggest and justify the ideal type of speech
delivery based on a given topic; and
(vi) form a speech group and have each group
member deliver a brief speech on a given topic.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

11 Use of Lexis and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
English in Morphology to:
Specialist (i)define the concepts of register and jargon;
Domain I (ii)mention and explain the types of registers;
(iii)differentiate between different types of
registers like frozen, formal, consultative, casual
and intimate;
(iv)classify given sentences ;and words according
to more probable domains of use/occurence
(v) specify the meanings of synonyms from
different disciplines; and
(vi) use given words in correct sentences and
appropriate contexts.
WEEK TOPIC SUB-TOPIC(S) OBJECTIVES

12 Use of Syntax and At the end of the lecture, students are expected
English in Graphology to:
Specialist (i)explain the notion of specialised English usage;
Domain II (ii)describe the graphological/syntactic features of
specialized varieties of English like Business
English, Medical English, Journalese, Legalese and
English for science and Technology, etc. ;
(iii)classify sample texts according to their
specialized domains of use;
(iv)use selected words accurately in given
specialized contexts;
(v) suggest how to adapt sample texts to fit a
different specialised language field;
(vi) extract structures that constitute specialist
language use in their core discipline lecture notes.