GNS 101 Course Synopsis

COURSE TITLE:    Use of English
:  Two hours per week

Course Coordinator: Dr. A.A. Adebiyi, B.A., M.A., PhD
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Office Location: Room D201 COLMAS
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The course is designed to equip students with listening, speaking and reading language skills which will enable them to comprehend their lectures with ease and accomplish their reading tasks. The course is task-based and student-oriented

Course Content:
1.    Awareness Raising:
To sensitize students on the need for the course by examining some errors in students’ scripts.  
To examine some differences between formal and informal English.

2.  Listening Skill:
To help students develop some note-taking skills and strategies.  
To help students anticipate the subject–matter of a lecture from the topic.  
To distinguish main from minor points.  
To follow a teacher’s train of thought using lexical and structural signals.  
To match verbal clues with pictures.

3. Speaking Skill:
To minimize and eliminate first language interference.  
To help students pronounce vowel and consonant sounds correctly.    
To identify dark/silent letters.  
To enable students use stress and intonation appropriately.

4.    Word Classes:
To emphasize correct use of nouns, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, prepositions, conjunctions, interjections and exclamations.  
To encourage correct agreement in grammatical structures.  
To point attention to common errors and locate the sources of such errors.

5.  Punctuation Marks:
To identify different kinds of punctuation marks.
To facilitate the correct use of punctuation marks in writing.

6.    Reading Skill:
To develop fast reading in students.  
To enhance and improve comprehension for specific and main ideas; reference and critical interpretations.  
To facilitate vocabulary development.

7.  Application of the above Skill:
To study two prescribed texts (short prose).

GNS 101 Lecture Note

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