Hey there! Welcome to Schoolinfogists! And this page, in particular, on this page we will be dealing with a question most students, or to be specific, waec candidates have seriously been searching answers to. On this page, I will be showing you a very detailed and extensive guide on the key important areas of concentration for English waec 2020, or rather in a simple term as many many know it to be, 2020 waec English expo.
To start with, I will want to congratulate you on this great achievement, am sure you will want to ask me why I am congratulations to you? Yeah, you should, the reason being that, for you to even be searching for waec syllabus or waec time table or waec tips, it is evidence that you are almost done with your secondary school or high school hustling and bustling, and as therefore a symbol of being called a prospective undergraduate. Hence, kindly accept my congratulations now!
Without wasting too of our limited time for navigating to this page. You’ve of no doubt come to get the areas you can focus on in this forthcoming waec, English to be precise. No need to rush you’ll get them below.
Mind you, let me go back to my previous statement about the 2020 waec expo. I will love to gladly or rather sadly, tell you that there is absolutely nothing called the waec expo, therefore, erase any of your previous idea of getting any expo on this page. But not to worry. these secrets I will be sharing have been tested and trusted, with serious research and statistics from past waec questions with similarity to waec English syllabus, and will surely work well for you to blast your 2020 English waec, be it essay writing, answering comprehension passages, waec letter writing and any other related questions, so far as it is in waec English exam.
You may also want to know the areas of concentration for other waec subjects. then read the articles below.
WHY YOU NEED TO KNOW THE AREAS OF CONCENTRATION / SYLLABUS FOR ENGLISH WAEC 2020
One thing I have come to discover is that most waec candidates do not actually know that they need to know some key areas of concentration while preparing for the exam
This eventually turns out to be the reason why some students get to the exam hall, even after ready and burning the midnight candles, eventually, come out with a very unexpected result.
To, however, further curtail the upsurge of this kind of scenario, I have highlighted below very important reasons why you actually need to know the areas of concentration for your English waec.
Below are the major reasons why you need waec English areas of concentration.
- It will act as your guide to tackling all WAEC English questions
- It will expose you to nearly everything you need to know about Essay writing, Letter writing, answering comprehension e.t.c.
- The content is well-organized, specific, and detailed.
- It will familiarize you with the test format
- The syllabus covers all the key points/essentials you need to know.
- It will prevent reading amiss.
DOWNLOAD YOUR WAEC ENGLISH SYLLABUS / AREAS OF CONCENTRATION BELOW
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The images below are the waec English areas of concentration extracted from the pdf. So if you Don’t want the pdf and prefer an image, then download the images below it contains the COMPLETE WAEC SYLLABUS FOR ENGLISH.
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some students might still have a problem using this book, however, don’t panic because you’re not alone, Below is the simple 5 steps to use the waec English syllabus pdf
- Get it downloaded to your device
- Look for Different English topic treated in your classroom
- Search for any topic found in the syllabus in your textbook
- start suggesting them
- Also, ensure to solve any question you come across related to any topic you’re reading.
Now to our so-called expo of the day. These are the areas you should build yourself in
Am delighted to let you know that, Waec English PAPER 1 will be divided into three sections namely; (A, B, and C).
SECTION A: ESSAY WRITING (50 marks)
Kindly note that the candidate will only be given 50 minutes on this section. There will be a total of five
questions in all and candidates will be required to answer only one question.
The main objective of the section is to test the candidate’s ability to communicate in writing.
Below are What the session will include;
- letter writing;
- creative writing.
The candidate will be marked based on;
- Content: relevance of ideas to the topic and its specified audience and
- Organization: formal features (where applicable), good paragraphing,
appropriate emphasis and arrangement of ideas; Expression: control of vocabulary and sentence structure;
- Mechanical Accuracy: grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
NOTE: Minimum word number in this session is always 450 words.
While the maximum number of words can vary.
Do you have a problem writing a good letter, then read the article below. It has all you need to know to write a good letter on the waec exam.
SECTION B: COMPREHENSION (40 marks)
The candidate will be given 50 minutes to answer this session and will contain two passages where you will be required to answer all questions from both.
This session is actually meant to test candidates knowledge of;
- finding appropriate equivalents for selected words and phrases;
- understanding the factual content;
- making inferences from the content of the passages;
- candidates respond to uses of English expressions to reveal/reflect;
- ability to identify and label basic grammatical structures, words, phrases, or clauses;
and explain their functions as they appear in the context;
- ability to identify and explain basic literary terms and expressions;
- Ability to recast phrases or sentences into grammatical alternatives.
Kindly note that topics for the above will be chosen from a variety of sources, therefore, the candidate is not expected to be too focused on one direction while reading to answer this exam. Try as much as possible to be diverse in your reading.
SECTION C: SUMMARY (30 marks)
Candidates will also be given 50 minutes on the session, and the session is meant to test the candidate’s ability to;
- extract relevant information;
- summarize the points demanded in clear, concise English;
- present a summary of specific aspects or portions of the passage;
- avoid repetition, redundancy, and extraneous material.
Just like, in sessions 1 & 2, the topic here will be selected from a different variety of sources, therefore, don’t be just oneway while reading for this session.
PAPER 2 (LEXIS AND STRUCTURE)
This is an OBJ/multiple-choice questions, having 100 questions in total with 40
lexical and 60 structural items. All questions come with options
lettered A to D. the session is meant to test the candidate’s ability to;
This aspect looks to tests the students’ knowledge of vocabulary concerning everyday life. Or rather an application of vocabulary to day-to-day life like Government and politics, Sports and entertainment, education, jobs, business, and so on.
This aspect test the candidates’ ability to actually figure out the meaning of a given idiomatic expression. Idiomatic expressions are words which most times is not interpreted based on the dictionary meaning. Hence, this is often technical and requires good thinking. An example of such expression is “hit the nail on the head”
The above is a good example of an idiomatic expression that comes out in Waec almost yearly.
So the student will be required to actually choose what that sentence means as relating to any sentence given.
Therefore, for the above “hit the nail on the head” means “to say/do the right thing”
WEST AFRICAN SENIOR SCHOOL CERTIFICATE EXAMINATION ENGLISH LANGUAGE SYLLABUS/AREAS OF CONCENTRATION
3. STRUCTURE ELEMENTS
Candidates will be tested on the structural elements of the English language j.e sentence sequence, word matching, preposition usage, use of tenses, e.t.c.
4. FIGURATIVE EXPRESSION.
This aspect will test candidates’ ability to Know Some Specific Use Of Words Related To Some Specific Field. This is otherwise regarded as Word Register.
This means that candidates will be expected to know so right words associated with some sets of profession or sector. E.g when we talk of Law profession then you should expect to Dr things like (Judiciary, magistrate, court, arrest, acquitted, accused, Lawyer, judge, witness, etc)
All items will be phrased in such a way as to test the use and understanding of the
required lexis, rather than dictionary definitions and explanations with good knowledge of antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, etc.
In essence, the testing of figurative language will require candidates to recognize when
an expression is used figuratively rather than literally.
This simply is a test of the candidate’s knowledge of how words combine to forms other words or sentences. Resulting in to change of tenses, change of degree, time, intensity, number, e.t.c.
It will also test the patterns in which different categories of words regularly combine to form groups and these groups, in turn, combine to form sentences.
This also looks to test the student knowledge of the use of Noun, pronoun, preposition, been, adverb, and adjective in making up sentences.
This session amounts to 50 marks and it’s sometimes one of the hardest parts for most waec/neco candidates to answer. However, below are what this session is expected to test;
- The majority, the paper is to test candidates’ knowledge of Oral English, meaning, Spoken English.
However, therefore will be 3 separate alternatives in this session,
ALTERNATIVE A:- This is for waec Candidates in The Gambia and Sierra Leone.
ALTERNATIVE B:- This is for Private Candidates in The Gambia and Sierra Leone.
ALTERNATIVE C:- This is for Nigeria Candidates only.
Now let’s talk about what each alternative looks to test.
ALTERNATIVE A (LISTENING COMPREHENSION)
This is made up of 100 multiple choices questions and the session is majority to test candidate’s ability of sounds like consonants, consonant clusters, vowels, diphthongs, stress and
Understanding of dialogues and narratives.
ALTERNATIVE B (For Private Candidates in The Gambia and Sierra Leone Only)
This also consists of 50 objective questions and the session is going to test a candidate’s ability to recognize;
- pure vowels;
- word stress;
- sentence stress;
- emphatic/contrastive stress;
- consonant clusters;
- vowel and consonant contrast through rhymes.
ALTERNATIVE C: TEST OF ORALS (For Public and Private Candidates in Nigeria Only)
This session will have 60 multiple choice questions also known as objective (OBJ).
And it is meant to test The candidate’s ability of spoken words and contained in their syllabus or scheme of work including the following;
- Vowels (pure vowels and diphthongs;
- Consonants (including clusters);
- Word Stress/Syllable Structure;
- Emphatic Stress/Intonation Patterns;
- Phonetic Symbols.
Please note that the ORAL session above does not mean that candidate will be allowed to start talking in the examination hall, hence, it is all going to be in written/typed format, while candidates will read to answers them individually.
That’s all we can take on the topic. “Area of concentration for each English exam”.
Kindly note that each is not hard to pass, neither is waec English difficult to pass. In fact, I have been opportune to take waec English and mathematics tutorial classes, and the students I have taught can testify to it.
If you are, however still struggling with yourself and your brain on any area or topic you should read for the next waec, kindly drop the topic using the comment box and I or one of our team members will reply to your message as fast as possible.
My joy is to see you get distinctions in your waec, especially in your English because is one of the easiest paper. And it is very possible only if you can pay the price and read smart.
It is not a must you read the whole syllabus, this is the secret your friends will not tell you, you just have to know them yourself.
I hope to see you at the top. Kindly share this article if it is helpful to you so that other people can also benefit. Thanks for reading.