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View/Download 2016-2020 WAEC Literature Syllabus Online- Official & Reviewed


You can now download the syllabus as We at Elitesplanet Blog  have decided to share with candidates going for this year’s WAEC exams, the approved and currently updated WAEC SSCE and GCE syllabus.
The importance of the WAEC syllabus cannot be over-emphasized as it serves as a pointer directing candidates on stress areas in each subject to concentrate on while reading for the exams. It is also a guide to important things/information every WAEC candidate should know/have before going for the examination.

WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION LITERATURE IN-ENGLISH
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PREAMBLE
This  syllabus  is  designed  to  enable  candidates  appreciate  Literature  as  an  important  part  of
their overall educational process. In particular, the syllabus aims at enabling the students to
cultivate critical skills as tools for independent assessment of human issues and the enjoyment
and study of any Literature. It should help in moulding and forming their character morally
and intellectually.
The syllabus will test candidates’
(a)  critical response to, and awareness of, how literature functions;
(b)  familiarity with the terms and concepts necessary for the appreciation of Literature;
(c)  ability to distinguish between types of Literature, their techniques of composition and
modes of appeal;
(d)  competence  in  understanding  literary  texts  at  their  various  levels  of  meaning  (e.g.
surface, implied, etc.);
(e)  facility in responding imaginatively to literature through an effective and organized use
of language.
CONTENT OF THE PAPERS
Candidates will be required to take three compulsory papers.
The total marks for the three papers will be 200 Marks.
PAPER 1  :  1¼ Hours – Multiple Choice/Objective Questions – 50 Marks (25%)
This paper will consist of 50 multiple-choice context and objective
questions.
PAPER 2  :  2½ hours – Drama and Poetry : 100 Marks (50%)
This  paper  will  be  divided  into  four  sections  (A,  B,  C  and  D)  and
candidates must answer one question only from each section.
PAPER 3 :    1¼ hours – Prose : 50 Marks (25%)
This paper will be divided into two sections, A and B (African and NonAfrican Prose)
Candidates will answer two questions in all: one question from Section
A (African Prose) and one question from Section B (Non-African Prose)
DETAILED SYLLABUS
Paper 1 – Multiple-Choice Objective and Context Questions
The aim of this paper is to test candidates’ knowledge of the prescribed Shakespearean text and
general questions on literary appreciation. In this regard, candidates will be required to answer
50 compulsory objective and context type questions made up as follows:
WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION
LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH


(a)  20 questions on general knowledge of Literature:
(b)  5 questions on one Unseen Prose Passage;
(c)  5 questions on one Unseen Poem Passage;
(d)  20 Objective/Context questions on a compulsory Shakespearean text recommended for
study.
(i)  The Unseen Prose Passage will be about 120 – 150 words.
(ii)  Only context and objective questions will be set on the Shakespearean text. The context
questions  will  test  such  items  as  theme,  characterization,  style  and  structure  in  the
Shakespearean play. No essay question will be based on the recommended text.
PAPER 2  -  African and Non-African Drama and Poetry
This paper will be made up of the Drama and Poetry components of the syllabus. It
will  be  divided  into  four  sections  (A,  B,C  and  D)  and  candidates  will  be  required  to
answer  four questions; one question must be answered from each of the four sections.
The sections are as follows:
Section A  :  African Drama,
Section B  :  Non-African Drama,
Section C  :  African Poetry,
Section D  :  Non-African Poetry.
(a)  Questions on Drama will test candidates’ detailed knowledge of the plays as works of
art meant for the stage.
(b)  Questions on Poetry will test candidates’ ability to recognize the means through which
a poet communicates his feelings and ideas.
(c)  There  will  be  two  essay  questions  on  each  prescribed  text  and  candidates  will  be
expected to answer only one question from each text.
PAPER 3 – African and Non-African Prose
This paper will be divided into two sections as follows:
Section A  :  African Prose,
Section B  :  Non-African prose.
Two questions  will be set on each of the novels recommended for study. Candidates will be
required to answer one question only from each section.
NOTE
(a)  The context questions will test such areas as theme, characterization, setting etc.
(b)  The questions on Drama will test candidates’ detailed knowledge of the plays as works
of art meant for the stage.
(c)  The  questions  on  Poetry  will  test  candidates’  ability  to  recognize  the  various  means
through which a poet communicates his feelings and ideas.
(d)  The questions on Prose will test candidates’ firm grasp of the structure of the work and
the  various  means  by  which  the  writer  dramatizes  the  experiences  to  make  the  work
seem real.
(e)  For  Papers  2  and  3,  there  will  be  two  essay  questions  on  each  prescribed  text  and
candidates will be expected to answer only one question from each prescribed text in
the sections as contained in the rubrics.
(f)  No essay questions will be set on the compulsory Shakespearean text recommended for
study. Only context and objective questions will be set on the text.
LIST OF SELECTED/SET BOOKS FOR THE WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SCHOOL
CERTIFICATE LITERATURE-IN-ENGLISH EXAMINATION (WASSCE) FOR THE
YEARS 2016 – 2020

PAPER 1  :  Compulsory context and objective questions will be set on
(a)  Literary Appreciation
(b)  William Shakespeare :    Othelo
PAPER 2  :  Drama And Poetry
SECTION A    :  AFRICAN DRAMA
One of the following texts should be studied:
Frank Ogodo Ogbeche: Harvest of Corruption
Dele Charley: The Blood of a StrangerSECTION B  :  NON-AFRICAN DRAMA
One of the following texts should be studied:
Oliver Goldsmith: She Stoops to Conquer
Lorraine Hansberry: A Raisin in the SunSECTION C:  AFRICAN POETRY
The following poems are to be studied  :
Birago Diop: Vanity
Gbemisola Adeoti: Ambush
Gabriel Okara: Piano and Drums
Gbanabam Hallowell: The Dinning Table
Lenrie Peter: The Panic of Growing Older
Kofi Awoonor: The Anvil and the HammerRECOMMENDED POETRY ANTHOLOGIES CONTAINING THE SET POEMS
To Be Updated Soon!!!
(h)  Any Anthology containing the recommended poems.
SECTION D  :  NON-AFRICAN POETRY
The following poems are to be studied:
Alfred Tennyson: Crossing the Bar
George Herbert: The Pulley
William Blake: The School Boy
William Morris: The Proud King
Robert Frost Birches: Birches
Williams Shakespeare: Shall I compare thee to a Summer's Day? RECOMMENDED POETRY ANTHOLOGIES CONTAINING THE SET POEMS
To Be Updated Soon!!!

PAPER 3: PROSE
SECTION A  :  AFRICAN PROSE

One of the following texts should be studies:
Amma Darko: Faceless
Bayo Adebowale: Lonely DaysSECTION B  :  NON AFRICAN PROSE
One of the following texts should be studied:
Richard Wright: Native Son
Patience Swift: The Last GoodmanRECOMMENDED REFERENCE BOOKS
S. H. Burton:  -  African Poetry in English (An introduction to practical criticism)
C.J.H. Chacksfield (Macmillan)
Isidore Okpewho  -  The Heritage of African Poetry (Longman)
Ian Milligan    -    The Novel in English, An Introduction  (Mctheun)
Michael Etherton    -    The Development of African Drama (Metheun)
Elizabeth Gunner:  -    A Handbook for Teaching African Literature
Obi Maduakor    -    Introduction to Poetry
Andrian A. Roscoe  -    Mother is God – A study in West African Literature
R. N. Egudu    -    The Study of Poetry (University Press Ltd.)
F. S. Clafimihan and  -    Comprehensive Approach to English Literature
C. O. Williams      Evans Brothers (Nig. Publishers Limited)
M. J. Murphy    -  Understanding Unseens; An Introduction to English Poetry and
the English Novel for Overseas Students (G. Allen and Unwin
Ltd.)
Lewis Nkosi  -    Tusks and Masks (Themes and Styles of African Literature).
Eustance Palmer  -   An Introduction to the African Novel
Eustance Palmer  -    Studies on English Novel (A.U.P.)
E N. Obiechina  -    Culture, Tradition and Society in the West African Novel
(Cambridge)
Okike Educational   -  Edited by Chinua Achebe
Suppement  
Annamarie Heywood  -  Crossings: A Senior Poetry Anthology
Figuerda, John (ed)  -  An Anthology of African and Carribean Writing in English
(Heinemann Educational Books). London, 1982
Godwin, Ken  -  Understanding African Poetry: A Study of Ten Poets
(Heinemann) London 1982
Angmer, Charles    -  Contemporary Literature in Ghana 1911 – 1996 A Critical
Evaluation, (Woeli Publication), Accra, 1996.
Priebe R, et al,  -  Ghanaian Literature (Greenwood). New York, 1983
Roscoe, Adrian  -    A Study in West African Literature (Cambridge University
Press) London, 1971
Ogungbesan,    -   New West African Literature (Heinemann), London, 1979
Kolawole (ed)
Robert Fraser-   West African Poetry: A Critical History (Cambridge
University Press) London .
Taiwo, Oladele  -  An Introduction to West African Literature (Thomas Nelson
and sons Ltd. Lagos, 1985
Chinweizu,   -   Towards the Decolonization of African Fiction and
Onwuch Okwa,     Poetry and their Critics (K.P.I.) London, 1980
Mbabuike (eds)
Dathorne, O. R.  -  African Literature in the Twentieth Century (Heinemann)
London
Gunner, Elizabeth  -  A Handbook for Teaching African Literature (Heinemann).
London, 1987
Irele, Abiola  -  The African Experience in Literature and Ideology
(Heinemann). London, 1981
Lindfors, Bernth  -  Black African Literature in English – 1987 – 1991.
(Hans Zell). London 1995
Jones, Eldred  -  African Literature Today : Retrospect and Prospect
Durosimi        (Heinemann) London. 1979.
Osundare, Niyi  -  The Eye of the Earth (Poems) Heinemann Frontline Series
Heinemann Educational Books (Nig.) Limited Ibadan (1986).

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