LITERATURE IN ENGLISH NEW EXAMINATION FORMAT CSEE 2023
024 LITERATURE IN ENGLISH
(For Both School and Private Candidates)
This examination format revises the 2019 version issued by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA).
The format is based on the 2019 Literature in English syllabus for Ordinary Level Education.
Improvements in the syllabus include changing some sub topics to topics, as a result, this revised format improves the examination rubric as well as the content.
However, the general objectives, and competencies remain unchanged.
2.0 GENERAL OBJECTIVES
The examination will assess the extent to which the candidates can:
2.1 use the knowledge of theories of literature, literary genres, form and content in plays, novels, short stories and poetry;
2.2 produce continuous narratives, arguments or pieces of descriptive or informative writing e.g., of a character, plot, a scene, message, or an event;
2.3 analyse critically different issues in literature that are related to everyday life; and
2.4 adopt what they have learnt in the subject to improve his or her language competence and to further his or her life and education.
3.0 GENERAL COMPETENCES
The examination will assess the ability of candidates to:
3.1 recall the meaning of literature as an artistic expression of the people’s culture;
3.2 demonstrate knowledge of style in writing;
3.3 differentiate between form and content in novels, short stories, plays and poetry;
3.4 define literary terms and exemplify literary genres;
3.5 describe the roles of characters in plays, novels, and short stories, and relate their behaviour and actions to everyday life; and
3.6 differentiate poetry from prose and plays.
4.0 EXAMINATION RUBRIC
There will be one (1) paper for a three (3) hours duration. The paper will consist of 11 questions in sections A, B and C.
The candidates will be required to answer all the questions in sections A and B and two (2) questions from section C. The paper will weigh a total of 100 marks.
Section A will comprise two (2) questions. Question number 1 will be a multiple-choice question, consisting of 10 items. Each item will weigh one (1) mark, making a total of 10 marks.
Question number 2 will be a matching-items question, consisting of six (6) items. Each item will carry one (1) mark, hence a total of six (6) marks. Therefore, the section will weigh a total of 16 marks.
Section B will consist of six (6) short answer questions. Candidates will be required to answer all the questions. Each question will carry nine (9) marks, hence a total of 54 marks in this section.
Section C will consist of three (3) essay questions. Candidates will be required to answer any two (2) questions. Each question in this section will weigh 15 marks. Therefore, the section will weigh a total of 30 marks.
5.0 EXAMINATION CONTENT
The candidates will be tested on the following topics:
5.1 Introduction to Literature
5.2 Oral Literature
5.3 Written Literature
5.4 Appreciating and analysing plays
5.5 Appreciating and analysing novels and short stories
5.6 Appreciating and analysing poetry
The List of texts for ‘Plays’ for reference will be:
<> The Lion and the Jewel – Soyinka, W.
<> The Trials of Brother Jero – Soyinka, W.
<> The Dilemma of a Ghost – Aidoo, A.A.
<> The Government Inspector – Gogol, N.
The list of ‘Novels’ and ‘Short Stories’ under this section will be:
<> A Walk in the Night and Other Stories – La Guma, A.
<> Houseboy – Oyono, F.
<> The Old Man and the Medal – Oyono, F.
<> The Concubine – Amadi, E.
The reference for Poetry will be:
Selected Poems compiled by the Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) and
Growing Up with Poetry: An Anthology for Secondary Schools edited by David Rubadiri.
Apart from the list of readings mentioned above, subsequently the texts approved by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology will also be used.
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