She was born on 20th December, 1964 in Sokoto South Local Government, Sokoto State. She had her early education at Nizzamiya Primary School, Sokoto between 1973 to 1979 and proceeded to Women Teachers College Kangiwa between 1979 to 1983. She had her Nigeria Certificate in Education (NCE) in 1987, she obtained her B.A (English) and M.A (Literature in English) certificates at Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto in 1994 and 2008 respectively. She joined the service of the College in 1997 and held many positions and is currently serving as Head of Department of English in the College. As an academic staff, Nana Asma’u Umar has published many articles in reputable journals. She is married with children.

Brief History 

Department of English started in 1970 when the college was established. It offers course combination with  Islamic studies, Hausa, Arabic, Fulfulde,  Geography, History Social studies, Economics, Computer and French.

Staff and students of the Department of English are actively involved in such areas of co-curricular activities as seminars, symposia and creative writing.


The philosophy behind the idea of having a separate programme for English as a single major is for growth and development of teacher trainees as well as a vehicle for transferring knowledge to students at the J.S.S. level.


The objectives of the NCE English programme are to:

  • Develop the four English language skills; listening; speaking, reading, and writing for communicative purposes;
  • Make students to become confident and competent in the use of spoken and written English for various purposes;
  • Equip students to teach English effectively at the J.S.S. level; and
  • Prepare students for further studies in the subject.


  • A Senior Secondary School Certificate (SSSC/WAEC/NECO or GCE ‘O’ Level with credit passes in 4 subjects including English Language at not more than two sittings, three of which must be at credit level at one sitting, or four credits at two sittings. Two of the credits must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer. Credit in English and\or Mathematics may be required in some courses.
  • A Grade Two Teachers Certificate (TC II) with credit or merit in four subjects, two of which must be relevant to the course the candidate wishes to offer.
  • Successful candidates in the Pre-NCE final examinations who also take and pass a selection examination organized by an accredited body would also be qualified for admission. Such candidates are required to have five credits including English at SSSC/WAEC/NECO/GCE ‘O’ level after the Pre-N.C.E. programme.
  • All candidates wishing to be considered for admission must enroll for and write the selection examination organized by an accredited body such as JAMB.
  • It should be noted that some colleges may, in addition to all of the above, administer their own elimination test and or interviews for some courses. This is legitimate.


In addition to the general admission requirements, candidates wishing to read English as a single major must have the following:

  1. A credit pass in English language and a pass in Literature in English at WASC/SSCE/GCE ‘O’ Level or NECO;
  2. A credit at the Pre – NCE externally moderated English Language and a pass in Literature in English in addition to ‘O’ level English and a pass in Literature in English; and
  3. Any other qualification that may be added by an accredited authority from time to time.

Courses offered Under the Department

NCE I First Semester

Code Title Credit Status
ENG 111 Practical Listening Skills and Speech Work 2 C
ENG 112 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology 2 C
ENG 113 Basic Grammar 2 C
ENG 114 Introduction to Literature 1 C
  Total 7  

NCE I Second Semester

ENG 121 Basic Reading Skills and Comprehension 2 C
ENG 122 English Language and Literature Methods 2 C
ENG 123 Modern African Literature/Female Writers in Africa. 2 C
  Total 6  

NCE II First Semester

ENG 211 The Structure of English 2 C
ENG 212 Applied English Linguistics 2 C
ENG 213 Selected European Authors 2 C
ENG 214 Research Method 2 C
  Total 8  

NCE II Second Semester

ENG 221 Composition 2 C
ENG 222 Summary Writing Skills 1 C
ENG 223 Critical Theory and Practical Criticism 2 C
ENG 224 Young Adult Literature 1 C
  Total 6  

 NCE III First Semester

EDU 311 Teaching Practice 6 C

 NCE III Second Semester

ENG 321 Long Essay 1 C
ENG 322 Varieties of English and Stylistics 2 C
ENG 323 Theatre and Drama in Education 1 E
ENG 324 Language Testing 1 C
ENG 325 Orature 1 E
  Total 4C+1E=5  

Graduation Requirements

            The minimum credits required for graduation are:

  1. General Education                               30 credits
    1. Teaching practice                                  6 credits
    1. General studies                                   18 credits
    1. English                                                 32 credits
    1. Any other teaching Subject                32 credits

TOTAL                                          118 credits



First Semester

Eng 111: Practical Listening Skills & Speech Work (2 Credits) C


The training will enable the students understand and improve their ability to identify, discriminate, react and respond appropriately to what is listened to. In addition, it will help trainees to extract, specify information for text listened to.

Similarly, trainees will obey the rules of turn taking, instruction, command or directives given as well as the capacity to announce news, advertise, appreciate and criticize any public speeches, etc.

 What is Listening?

 Techniques involving Ear Training.

Cultivating good listening habits; listening for information on radio and television stations (local & foreign), information on recorded dialogue between good models.

 Drills in vowels and vowel contrasts and minimal pair drills

 Aural-oral discrimination practice.

 Minimal pairs/set drills in syllable initial, medial and final


 Drills in consonant and consonant contrasts

 Rhythm practice

 Intonation (contrast with tone in student’s MT/LI)

 Intonation drills for sentence meaning/speakers attitudes

 Listening comprehension

 Listening for entertainment.

 Anticipatory Listening

 Listening for appreciation/ evaluation.

 Listening to academic talks, speeches, lectures, etc.


Listening to models of English speech and practice in oral discrimination in the language laboratory or on recorded cassette.

Lecturers are advised to ensure that actual practice and drills are the essence of ENG 111 and 112 and should permeate their facilitation.

Eng 112 Introduction to Phonetics and Phonology (2 Credits) C


This course aims at exposing students to relevant training in phonetics and phonology. Efforts should be made to give enough drills and practice exercises in the use of segmental and supraseqmental phonemes of English in the language laboratory.

 Phonetics and Phonology: Definition & distinction.

 Organs of speech and the mechanism of speech sounds.

 Consonants and Vowels.

 Introduction to phonemic transcription.

 Stress: word-level and its effects on pronunciation.

 Stress: At sentence level and its effect on speech production.


 Further practice on intonation

 Further practice on Consonant contrast

 The syllable and its structure

 Further practice on Phonemic Transcription


Efforts should be made to help the students to reduce to the minimal elements of LI interference in their speech at the supra-segmental level. The use of the Language Laboratory should be emphasized for practical drills.

Lecturers are to note that though this course has a strong theoretical component, practical drills/ practice are essential parts of the teaching. The use of language Laboratory under the operation and supervision of a language laboratory technologist should be emphasized.

Eng 113: Basic Grammar (2 Credits) C


The place of grammar in the teaching and learning of English language is central. The goal here is to make students communicate effectively in diverse situations using these grammatical forms accordingly.

 Grammar: An introduction

 Parts of speech: general description

 Nouns, articles, determiners and pronouns



 Tenses and Aspect

 Preposition and prepositional phrases

 Gerunds and participial construction, adverb conditionals for adverbial clauses.

 Adjectives, order of relative pronouns, relative clauses/ and adjectives


 Sentence and their types including basic structure for English sentence



 Direct and indirect speech

 Prefixes, suffixes and root words

 Question tags

Eng 114 Introduction to Literature (1 Credit) C


This course prepares students for all other course in the NCE syllabus. Students are introduced to the great critical debates. It also gives students an overview knowledge of the history of literature and practical criticism


 Nature and meaning of literature.

 Generic divisions of literature: (i) Prose (ii) Drama

(iii) Poetry.

 Relationship between form (techniques/style) and content (Subject matter/theme/message).

 Classification of figures of speech – contrast, sound effect, grammatical construction, similarities etc.

 What is literary appreciation?

 Functions of literature and literary appreciation.

 Oral Literature, its nature, performance, occasions, forms, means of transmission and functions.

 Distinguish between Oral Literature and other written forms of Literature.

 Introduction to field research in Orature e.g. recording of songs, transcription, analysis, etc,

 Performance in Orature.

 Students should be made to do same as part of course requirements.

 Students should be made to study songs, poetry, entertainment and ritual performances, story-telling, folktales, incantations, dirges, praise-songs, praise names, satirical compositions, etc.

 Apart from a study of Orature in existing texts, students should be required to bring samples from their respective backgrounds for analysis and evaluation using appropriate methods of research in Oral Literature.

 Methods of analysis of practical samples


Care should be taken for gender sensitivity and gender balance in the section of authors. For the purpose of illustration, a few texts should be randomly selected in areas of prose, drama and poetry for intensive critical practice.


Second Semester

Eng 121: Basic Reading Skills and Reading Comprehension (2 Credits) C


The aim of this course is to expose trainees to critical components of reading with a view to emphasising reading skills and reading comprehension.

Reading Challenges

– Sub-vocalization

– Eye regression

– Tracing with fingers

Repetition (in oral reading)


 Word recognition/analysis

Print Concept:

– Print awareness

– Letter knowledge

– Alphabetic principle

– Phonemic awareness

 Word Comprehension

 Sentence Comprehension

 Paragraph Comprehension

 Text Comprehension for areas such as Inferential Reading and Critical

 Reading for sequence

 Intensive and Extensive Reading practice to include Poetry, Prose and

 Drama passages involving narration of real life stories expose students to diverse texts

Eng 122: English Language and Literature Methods (2 Credits) C.


The course is designed to give the teacher trainee the relevant methods in the teaching of language and literature. Emphasis should be on practice application, micro teaching, and techniques of teaching both language and literature.

 Nature of Language and how it is learned.

 Distinction between Language Learning and Acquisition

 Teaching the four language skills (Listening, Speaking writing and Reading) using contemporary Language Teaching Methods for the JSS level.

 The concepts of Reading and Reading readiness.

 Methods of teaching vocabulary; language games, e.g. quiz, scrabble, use of acronyms, etc

 Techniques of teaching Language Arts, Handwriting, Lexis and Grammar.

 Oracy Skills (listening/speaking)

 Literacy Skills (Reading/writing)

 Faster Reading

 Functions of Literature

 Activities for promoting children’s interest in literature e.g. demonstration, improvision, role play, playlet, etc

 Strategies for building a class library and techniques

 Criteria for selecting texts for Junior School Literature

 Various techniques for teaching poetry prose and drama

 Preparing and utilizing aids in language and literature teaching

 Approaches for preparing lesson notes on language and literature

 Questioning and examination techniques

Eng. 123: Modern African Literature /Female Writters in Africa (2 Credits) C


This course aims at exposing students to modern trends in African literature highlighting namely: Colonialism, negritudism, neocolonialism, post colonialism, protest, civil war literature, and feminism.

Effort must be made to cover entire contents. Texts selected should cut across the main genres of literature including drama, poetry, and prose (short stories inclusive). The following topics should be covered:

 What is modern African literature?

 Discuss the history and development of modern African literature

 Literary Trends of colonialism, post colonialism, protest, feminism, etc.

 The following texts are recommended:

o The Old Man and the medal by Ferdinand Oyono.

o Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

o No Longer at Ease by Chinua Achebe

o The Lion and the Jewel by Wole Soyinka

o Tell Freedom by Peter Abraham

o The Still Born by Zaynab Alkali

o One is Enough by Flora Nwapa

o The Successors by Jerry Agada

o So Longer a letter by Mariama Ba’s

o The Victims by Isidore Okpewho

o No Sweetness Here by Ana Ata Aidor

 The functions of Literature.

The list should be updated from time to time as new female writers’ emerge

Course Outline


Second Semester

Eng 211: The Structure of English (2 Credits) C


This course introduces the trainees to basic knowledge of the English Language structure in the core areas of syntax, pholonology and semanties.

 Introduction to structure of English

 Morphology: Definition and scope

 The Morphemes and Allomorphs

 Morphological processes: Affixation, Suffixation (Prefixes, Suffixes),Inflection.

 Compounding, Derivation etc and their phonological realization. e.g. (plurality)

 The word as a Linguistic concept (Word and Lexeme)

 Paradigmatic and Syntagmatic Relations

 Syntax: The English sentence (Structural types and Constituents)

 Sentence types: Phrase and Clauses

(Basic approach to demonstrate relationship between Words in Sentence and Sentence to be adopted).

 Semantics: Semantic Structure (Synonyms, Antonyms, Hyponyms etc.)

 Collocation and idioms: denotation and connotation

 Ambiguity and Vagueness

 Registers.

Eng 212: Applied English Linguistics (2 Credits) C


The objective is to assist trainees develop the skills to apply the knowledge gained in the course in the teaching and learning of a second language.

 History of English in Nigeria

 Functions of English in Nigeria

 What is Linguistics?

 Levels of Linguistic Description of Language (Phonological Morphological, Syntactic and Semantic)

 What is Applied English linguistics?

 Language Teaching and Learning: Factors that affect effective teaching/learning of English: Sociological and Psychological Factors

 Errors: Definition, Sources and Usefulness of Errors in the Classroom.

 Error Analysis: procedure of Error Analysis, Inter-language and Intra- language errors, Eclectic Method.

 Error analysis: Analysis of errors from selected texts based on psycholinguistic and linguistic analysis

 Contrastive Analysis: its implications and achievement in relation to mother tongue. There should be a survey of the Phonological, Orthographical, Syntactic, Semantic, Morphological and Lexical differences between the Source Language (SL) and the Target Language (TL).

 Motivation and its implication to language teaching.

Eng 213: Selected European Authors (2 Credits) C


This course gives as overview of literary activities from the neo-classical period to 21st modern period. The course is expected to familiarize student with important movements in European literature. The approach should be to relate the historical movements to the works of the important writers. The movements to be studied are: Elizabethan, Neoclassical, the Romantic, the Victorian and the Modernists demonstrated in selected works. Texts in areas of poetry, drama and prose should be selected randomly to reflect the literary climates of the period.

 Neoclassical Era (Basic discussion of the example could be used from either John Lilly, Francis Bacon, or Alexander Pope’s essays

 Medieval Era with examples from either Goffery Chaucer’s Poetry or from Christopher Marlow’s Drama like Dr. Fustus

 Rennaisance period (Basic discussion on the re-awaking of classical standards in literature

 Elizabethan Age: Use examples from Shakespeare’s plays: either tragedy, comedy or tragic- comedy

 Romantic Age: Use an Ode for example, Such as John Keat’s Ode to a Nightingale

 Victoria Age Basic information about the happenings in the development of the novel from this age). e.g. Charles Dicken’s Great Expectation

 19th century with examples from Jonathan Traveler Lilliputian

a) Poetry such as T. S. Eliot, 10, B. Yeats G. Hopkins

b) Novel such as T.S. Eliot’s Wastland

214 Research Method (2 Credits) C

Nature of English Research Method

Areas in need of Research

Procedure of writing research

 Background

 Introduction

 Literature Review

 Analysis

 Findings

 Research Question

 Conclusion

 Recommendations

 References and bibliography


Second Semester

Eng 221: Composition (2 Credits) C


The teaching of English composition is meant to enable students to compose and write in the language. Learners should be exposed to what to write on before they are asked to write.

 Essential features of composition writing

 The basic components of composition writing

 Types of composition and their characteristics

 Balancing the requirements of language and format within different types of writing: descriptive, narrative, expository, argumentative

 Punctuation

 Formal and informal letters.

 Elements of some special forms of writing: Technical Writing (e.g. Accident Report, Duty Report, Handing- over Notes, Instruction Manual, Minutes of Meetings)

 Other forms of writing such as:

o Personal Data, Autobiography Curriculum Vitae (CV), Memoirs, Diary keeping e.t.c

 Memorandum Writing

 Complaints and Petitions

 Articles for Publication

 Speech Writing

Eng 222: Summary Writing Skills (1 Credit) C


The teaching and learning of summary skills, among other things, is aimed at inculcating in the learners specific techniques they need to enable them read and summarize texts, short stories, novels, etc.

 What is summary writing

 Techniques of summary writing

 Identifying topic sentences or main point(s)

 Formulating topic sentence(s) or main point(s)

 Separating supporting ideas from main one(s)

 Learning to provide a title to a text

 Learning to identify author’s intention

 Learning paraphrasing skills.

 Summarize short text and long text e.g. novels, essays etc.

ENG 223: Critical Theory and Practical Criticism (2 Credits) C

The course aims at

 Introducing students to the great ciritical debates so that they would see how different schools of thought perceive literary productiosn and their techiniques of appreciation.

 Equipping students with the tills of interpreting and evaluating literary texts.

 Types of criticism: Aristotelian or Intrinsic, Platonic or Extrinsic. The major schools should indluce the Socialism, Formalism, Structuralism, Feminism, Marxism schools etc.

 Lecturers should ensure that texts selected as basis of reference must reflect the three major genres i.e. Poetry, Prose and Drama.

Eng 224: Young Adult Literature (1 Credit) C


This course is designed to introduce the features, themes, trends of young adult literature to trainees with the background of what their challenges are.

 Feature of young adult literature

 Themes in young adult literature

 Functions of young adult literature and society

 Comparative analysis of young adult literature and popular literature.

 Techniques of young adult literature


This course is essentially in the form of project in the three genres of literature. The underlsited authors and texts can be use and other appropriate ones.

The Gods have Failed Again – Alex A. Maiyanga

Too Late To Cry – Babatunde Adeyemi

Flaming Beads – Alex A. Maiyanga

New Yam Holiday – Chuma Okoye

Rage and Tears – Jerry Agada

In Search of Golden Fleece – Toyin Makinde

Adamu and the Princess – S. Omose


First Semester

Eng 300 Teaching Practice (6 Credits) C

YEAR III Second Semester

Eng 321: Long Essay (1 Credit) C

 Students reading English as a single major are expected to write thei projects in English, their other teaching subject or in education.

 The project must follow a standard format approved by the Department.

 It must be typed on A4 Quarto and properly bound. Three copies should be submitted: one for the College library, one for the Department and the other for the supervisor.

 However the score so earned should go to EDU 323.

Eng 322: Varieties of English & Stylistics (2 Credits) C


This course launches trainees into communicative grammar of English where by trainees should know under what contexts a particular form of language will be used be it formal, non-formal, written, spoken, etc.

 English language spread and varieties

 Standard English

 Variety according to Regions: British, American, Nigerian English

 Variety according to Subject

 Variety according to user Dialect etc variety according to medium (oral & written) attitude

 Pidgin English in Nigeria

 Language use: according to situation, topic, medium, audience

 Identification of linguistic features and their effect in chosen texts (Phonological, lexical, semantic, and syntactic levels)

 Practical stylistic analysis of texts chosen should be done on the different varieties.

Eng 323: Theatre and Drama in Education (1 Credit) E

The course aims at introducing two very important disciplines theatre in education and drama in education. The structure and methodology of both shall be organized to exemplify the methodologies of both disciplines.

 Definition and Role of Drama in Education

 Definition and Role of Theatre in Education

 The linking factors of Theatre, Drama and Education

 The Structure and Methodology of Theatre in Education (producer, director, stage-manager, etc).

 The Structure and Methodology of Drama in Education.

(Child drama- improvisation, miming, role play, simulation).

 Differences between Theatre and the Mass Media; Television, Radio, Cinema, and Nigerian the film industry, etc.

Eng 324: Language Testing (1 Credit) C

 Some basic questions in language testing

 Types of tests; subjectsive, objective, multiple-choice, open-ended, free response and close tests

 Marking, scoring and analysis of results

 Testing, listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

 Use of tests for teaching.

Eng 325: Orature (1 Credit) E


This course is designed to deepen students’ knowledge of oral literature. It is intended to inculcate a sense of appreciation and criticism.

 Oral literature, its nature, performance, occasions, forms, means of transmission and functions.

 Distinguish between Oral literature and other written forms of literature.

 Introduction to field research in Orature e.g. recording of songs, transcription, analysis etc.

 Performance in Orature

 Study of songs, poetry, entertainment and ritual performances, story-telling, names, satirical compositions, etc.

 Methods of analysis of practical analysis from various backgrounds

Members of Staff in the Department

SN Names Qualifications Rank
1 Nana Asma’u Ibrahim N.C.E. B.A., M.A., (Lit.) P/Lecturer
2 Haj. Fati Bello N.C.E., B.A.ED., M.ED (ENGLISH) P/Lecturer
3 Ibrahim Adamu Musa N.C.E., B.A.,(ENG), MA P/Lecturer
4 Rueben Ojineme N.C.E., B.A.ED. (ENGLISH) Lecturer I
5 Aishatu Ladi Usman NCE,BA Ed, M Ed S/Lecturer 12
6 Rahila Abdullah NCE, BA Ed, M Ed P/Lecturer 13
7 Hadiza Shehu Dange BA, MA S/Lecturer
8 Isah Abdullahi N.C.E., B.A.,(ENG)  Lecturer I
9 Muhammad  Dankawu NCE, BA Lecturer I
10 Shehu Muhammad NCE, BA Ed, MA S/Lecturer
11 Hussaina Mikailu NCE, BA Ed, MA Lecturer I
12 Sanchi Ali Baba BA, PDE Lecturer I
13 Hauwa’u Haliru Bunza BA, PDE Lecturer I
14 Aisha Sheik Muhammad NCE, BA Ed Lecturer I
15 Sani Garba G. BA Ed, M Ed Lecturer I
16 Fatima A. Tunau BA PDE Lecturer I
17 Amina Bello BA Ed A/Lecturer
18 Yusuf Abubakar NCE, BA Ed Lecturer II
19 Sa’adu Sidi BA Lecturer II
20 Bello M. Ladan NCE, BA Ed Lecturer I
21 Hassana Mikail NCE, BA Ed A/Lecturer
22 Hadiza Bello Dange BA Ed Lecturer I
23 Hafsat B. Bada BA Ed A/Lecturer
24 Yusuf Musa BA Ed A/Lecturer
25 Sani Abdulkadir BA, MA Lecturer II
26 Muhammad Halilu BA Ed A/Lecturer