ZIMBABWE SCHOOL EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL (ZIMSEC)
ADVANCED LEVEL SYLLABUS
LITERATURE IN ENGLISH 9153
PREAMBLE This is a two-year course syllabus which views Literature as, among other things, an ideological tool which is used to create self-awareness. The tests offered capture the experiences of Zimbabweans, Africans and other peoples of the world. However, since ideologies are temporary and skills are permanent, the syllabus endeavours to develop life-long skills of appreciating Literature and Literary works. For this reason, the Comment and Appreciation Paper has been made compulsory.
AIMS To develop/cultivate/encourage in students: 2.1 an appreciation of, and an informed personal response, to Literature in English in a variety of texts in different genres and form different historical periods and cultures; The interdependent skills of reading, analysis and communication by showing the ability to:2.2.1 understand and respond to explicit values and implicit attitudes and meanings in texts; 2.2.2 describe and comment on form, structure and language in relation to meaning; 2.2.2 effectively and clearly convey their understanding of, response to and evaluation of literary texts; 2.3 an understanding of the nature and methods of literary study, demonstrating that literary works may be differently interpreted and valued. wider reading and an understanding of how it may contribute to personal development.
ASSESSMENT OBJECTIVES Candidates will be required to show their ability to: 3.1 3.2 respond critically to texts and passages of different types and periods; understand the ways in which writers’ choices of form, structure and language shape meaning; appreciate the contexts in which literary works are written and understood;
discuss personal and other critical interpretations of literary texts; produce knowledgeable, independent opinions and judgements on literary texts; communicate clearly and...