English Language Paper 1, May/June 2014  
Questions:   1 2 3 4 5 6 & 7 8   Main
General Comments
Candidates' Weakness

The weaknesses observed include:

  1. insufficient material to develop chosen essay topic;
  2. wrong use of tenses and number;
  3. lack of familiarity with the written word;
  4. inability to re-state in the candidate’s own words, ideas contained in a passage;
  5. poor knowledge of the parts of speech;
  6. ignorance of common literary terms;
  7. poor knowledge  of functions of clauses;
  8. mindless lifting of portions of the set passages as answers;
  9. use of text message abbreviations “dat” for “that”, “c” for “see”, etc.
  1. Candidates should:
  2. learn the basic grammatical structures of the English Language;
  3.  inculcate the habit of reading widely with a view to improving their vocabulary;
  4. converse regularly in simple, correct English;
  5.  practise essay writing regularly;
  6.  understand the demands of questions before answering them.
  7. Schools should ensure that:
  8. only qualified teachers  teach this subject;
  9. class sizes are not unwieldy;
  10. in addition to giving their students assignments frequently, teachers also  mark such assignments in order to help students identify and correct their mistakes;
  11. teachers are exposed to workshops and seminars that would keep them abreast of global best practices in the teaching of the English Language.
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