PQE 020 – English Language and Communication Skills – Course Contents

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PQE 020 – English Language and Communication Skills – Course Contents

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NB – The course has been sub-divided into each category of teachers. You are advised to prepare for all categories

PQE 020. English Language & Communication Skills
Category D: Category C: Category B: Category A:
NCE Teachers Graduate Teachers Master Teachers Doctoral Teachers
Use of effective Meaning and scope of
communication; elements
of communication; channels of communication;
problems facing learners of English in Nigeria; Introduction to language skills and their relationship; Listening – types of listening, listening defects, strategies for efficient listening, etc; Speech – oral
drills, mechanical, meaningful communication drills, dialogue and interference, etc; Study Skills – how to study, organisation of personal study, rules of spelling, etc. Grammar: verb (tenses); agreement (concord); auxiliary and models;
questions, statements and commands; Vocabulary: synonyms; antonyms; homonyms; homophones; registers; semantic mapping; Reading: relationship between reading and writing  e.g.
Nature and Importance of Classroom Communication.
Types of language problems among learners and strategies for improvement. Grammar: Parts of speech (nouns, pronouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, prepositions, etc); verb tenses, agreement/concord, auxiliary/models, questions, statements, commands; phrases, clauses, sentence types and patterns; direct and indirect speech, common errors; etc.
Writing: Punctuation, outlining, logical presentation of ideas; paragraphing/structure/development, logical sequencing of paragraphs; compositions – narrative, descriptive, argumentative, explanatory, letter writing formal/informal; report writing, memos, speeches, minutes; writing styles – inductive/deductive, generalizations, etc.
Reading: Reading problems; principles and techniques for effective reading; reading
for various purposes (research, inferences, pleasure, scanning for key ideas, etc);
creative reading; etc.
Listening: Listening types; listening defects; strategies for effective listening.
skills and
fluency in
teaching and
situations and
summarizing a bridge;
Writing: paragraphing/structure and development; linking paragraphs for unity and coherence; punctuation. Identification and usage of phrases and clauses; sentence types; sentence patterns; voice (active and passive). Writing (planning, drafting, editing, logical sequencing of ideas, etc); Vocabulary (vocabulary development – connotative and denotative, idiomatic expressions, figures of speech and proverbs, registers. Speech: Narrative, descriptive, argumentative, conversational, dialogue, reported speech, interference; etc.


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