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NABTEB Literature Syllabus

NABTEB Literature Syllabus And Hot Topics To Read For 2021 NABTEB: If you have been wondering how to get NABTEB Syllabus Online Plus hot topics you are to focus on in Literature then Guide is for you.

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The aim of the National Business and Technical Examinations Board (NABTEB) Literature Syllabus for 2021 is to ensure that you are well prepared for the exam.

Note that some of the Novels are likely to be changed. Immediately the registration is announced, you will be informed about the recent Novels to use for NABTEB 2021 Literature in English.

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NABTEB LITERATURE SYLLABUS 2021

PAPER I – OBJ Questions based on:

  1. (a)  General literary principles
  2. (b)  Literary Appreciation and Techniques
  3. (c)  Contextual questions on Africa and Non-Africa drama set books.
  4. (d)  Unseen Prose and Poetry Passages.

PAPER 2: DRAMA AND POETRY

SECTION A: AFRICAN DRAMA
One of the following texts should be studied:

  1. Wole Soyinka: The Trials of Brother Jero
  2. Athol Fugard: Sizwe Bambi is Dead.

SECTION B: NON-AFRICAN DRAMA:

  1. Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice
  2. George B. Shaw: The Taming of the Shrew.

SECTION C: AFRICAN POETRY

  1. (i)  Traditional: “My Song Bursts”
  2. (ii)  Traditional: Salute to the Elephant
  3. (i)  Oswald Mitshali: “Night fall in Soweto”
  4. (ii)  Henry Barlow: “Building the Nation.”
  5. (iii)  David Rubadiri: “ An African Thunderstorm”
  6. (iv)  Niyi Osundare: “Ours to Plough not to Plunder”

SECTION D: NON-AFRICAN POETRY

John Kents: “Ode to Nightingale” Robert Burns: “Red Red Rose”

John Donne: “ Death be not Proud” T.S. Eliot: “Journey of the Magi” William Blake: “A poison Tree” Alfred Tennyson: “Ulysses”.

PAPER 3 – PROSE

SECTION A: AFRICAN PROSE
One of the following texts should be studied (1) Buchi Emecheta: Slave Wife
(2) Ngugiwa thiong’o : Weep Not Child

SECTION B: NON-AFRICAN PROSE
(1) Charles Dickens: A Christmas Carol
(2) Sir Rider Haggard: King Solomon’s Mines

RECOMMENDED REFERENCE BOOKS AND ANTHOLOGIES

  1. A Section of African Poetry, introduced and annotated by K.E. Sehanu and T. Vincent (Longman)).
  2. The Penguin Book of English Verse, edited by John Hayward (Pengiun).
  3. Any poetry Anthology containing the recommended poems.
  4. Eustace Palmer: An Introduction to the African Novel (HEB).
  5. E.N. Obiechina ”“ Culture, Tradition and society in the West African Novel (Cambridge).
  6. Boris Ford ”“ The Pelican Guide to English Literature: (7 volumes).
  7. Niyi Osundare: The Eye of the Earth (Poems)
    Heinemann Frontline Series Heinemann Educational BooksNigeria Limited. Ibadan 1986.
  8. Ben Omonode: Introduction to Literature; University of Benin Press, Benin City.
Topic/ObjectiveContentsActivities/Remarks
1. ComprehensionIdentify new words and expressions from any given testRead and answer questions on a given literary material.1.1  Suitable passages from selected literary texts to be read at a given speed of 100 words per minutes.1.2  Selected suitable literary materials of appropriate level with new words.1.3  Carefully design questions relating to selected text.Literary materials should be taken from prose, poetry and drama texts.
2. Literary Appreciationi. Appreciate figurativeexpressions, imagery and style in literary texts.ii. Identify qualities of a good text.2.1 Qualities of a good text (a) Language
(b) Theme
(c) Plot(d) Characterisation(e) Setting
2.2 Selected unseenpassages of appropriate level of complexity in which many figurative expressions are appreciated.2.3  Questions designed to lead students to discover characters and incidents in literary text.2.4  Qualities of suiitable material(i) language (ii) print
(iii) illustration (iv) styles
Figures of Speech should be discussed extensively
3. LiteratureTo identify different types of literary genres.To identify elements of prose literature.To identify elements of dramaIdentify figures of3.1 Literary Genres: (a) prose(b) Poetry (c) drama1.2
1.3 Style: e.g. flashback,(i) Incident (ii) characters (iii) plots
(iv) theme
Literary styles common to the different literary genres should be highlighted.
speech and literary styles in any given literary piece.play-within-play, plot, setting, mode of narration, aside etc.1.4 Figures of speech (i) simile(ii) metaphor
(iii) climax
(iv) personification etc.
4. Appreciation
Write own simple literary pieces
1.1  Beauty of a text: such as atmosphere i.e. the feeling, figurative expressions etc.1.2  Short explanation on the text. Complex interpretation and relation with real-life situations.Trainees should be encouraged to write poems, short stories and short drama pieces to be put on stage.

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