ENGLISH LANGUAGE EXAMINATION FORMAT FORM FOUR
022 ENGLISH LANGUAGE
(For Both School and Private Candidates)
This format is a revised version of the 2008 format issued by the National Examinations Council of Tanzania (NECTA).
The format is based on the English Language syllabus of 2010. In this format, the emphasis is on using competence-based assessment approach featuring higher order thinking skills.
Despite the changes made in the format, there are no changes in the examination content.
2.0 GENERAL OBJECTIVES
The examination will generally measure the extent to which candidates can:
2.1 express themselves in both spoken and written English Language;
2.2 demonstrate skills on reading widely for pleasure and for information;
2.3 perform a variety of writing tasks according to the required principles;
2.4 use the knowledge of the English Language to demonstrate awareness and consciousness of the basics of the society and the part they can play in its development;
2.5 use the knowledge of the English Language in furthering their education; and
2.6 communicate effectively with other speakers of the English Language both inside and outside the country.
3.0 GENERAL COMPETENCES
The examination will measure the candidates’ ability to:
3.1 use the English Language appropriately to communicate in a variety of settings;
3.2 use the English Language to write a variety of things in different contexts;
3.3 use the English Language to demonstrate their ability to read and comprehend written documents; and
3.4 use the English Language to achieve academically in all the content areas.
4.0 EXAMINATION RUBRIC
The examination will consist of one (1) paper of three (3) hours. The paper will consist of three sections A, B and C with a total of 12 questions. Candidates will be required to answer a total of 11 questions which will weigh 100 marks.
<> Section A will comprise two (2) questions. Question one (1) will consist of 10 multiple-choice items. Each item will carry one (1) mark. Question two
(2) will consist of 5 matching items. Each item will carry one (1) mark. The candidates will be required to answer all the questions. This section will carry a total of 15 marks.
<> Section B will consist of six (6) short answer questions and the candidates will be required to answer all the questions. Question three (3) and four (4) will carry four (4) marks each while questions 5-8 will carry eight (8) marks each. Total weight in this section will be 40 marks.
<> Section C will have a total of four (4) essay questions. The candidates will be required to attempt three (3) questions. Each question will carry 15 marks.
The whole section will carry a total of 45 marks.
5.0 EXAMINATION CONTENT
The following topics will be assessed:
5.1 Listening to and understanding simple texts about a variety of events and situation
5.2 Giving directions
5.3 Using a dictionary
5.4 Expressing personal and group routine/habits
5.5 Expressing ongoing activities
5.6 Expressing likes and dislikes
5.7 Talking about one’s family
5.8 Expressing opinions and feelings
5.9 Talking about past events/ activities
5.10 Expressing future plans/activities
5.11 Reading a variety of texts
5.12 Interpreting literary works
5.13 Analysing information from the media
5.14 Writing personal letters
5.15 Taking notes
5.16 Writing a variety of texts
5.17 Asking for services
5.18 Locating places
5.19 Giving description
5.20 Talking about cultural activities
5.21 Expressing opinions
5.22 Reading for comprehension
5.23 Writing cards and messages
5.24 Using appropriate language content and style in speaking
5.25 Reading literary works
5.26 Writing using appropriate language content and style
5.27 Writing formal letters
5.28 Expressing oneself
The list of readings in literary works to be used in this subject are those which have been approved by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.
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