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Edo Language WAEC Syllabus

This is the complete Edo Language WAEC Syllabus for this years WAEC examination. Candidates for WAEC GCE (External) and candidates for WAEC SSCE (Internal) are reminded to use this syllabus to prepare for their examination. Click here "WAEC Syllabus" to get the rest of the subjects.

Edo Language WAEC Syllabus
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Edo Language WAEC Syllabus

Below is the WAEC Syllabus for this year; kindly make judicious use of it.


This examination syllabus is drawn entirely from the senior secondary school curriculum for Edo which was developed by NERDC in 2006.


It is designed to:
  • enable candidates speak, read and write competently in Edo to communicate effectively with other speakers of the language;
  • familiarize candidates with the sound system, grammatical structures and other features of Edo Language;
  • acquaint candidates with the necessary tools needed for a thorough appreciation of Edo Speech Usage, Literature and Culture (customs and institutions).


The examination will consist of two papers, Papers 1 and 2.  It will test all aspects of Edo Language: comprehension, composition, sound system, grammar and translation. It will also test selected texts of oral and written literature as well as Basic Principles of Literary Appreciation, Customs and Institutions. The rubrics shall be written in Edo.
PAPER 1: This will be 60 multiple-choice items covering Language, Literature and Culture aspects of the syllabus. Candidates will be required to answer  all the questions in 1 hour for 60 marks.
The questions will be distributed as follows:

Section A: Language

Comprehension (2 short passages)                  –           10 items
Composition                                                    –             4 items
Sound System                                                 –             6 items
Grammar                                                         –             6 items
Translation                                                      –             4 items
  • 30 items
Section B: Literature
Basic Principles of Literary Appreciation       –           4 items
Oral Literature            –           Prose   –  3
–           Poetry  –  3       –           9 items
–           Drama –  3
Written Literature       –           Prose   –  3
–           Poetry  –  3       –           9 items
–           Drama –  3
22 items
Section C: Culture
Customs                                                          –           4 items
Institutions                                                      –           4 items
8 items
Total    =          (30 + 22 + 8)   =          60 items
The content for Paper 1 shall be the same as for Paper 2.
In Section B, all questions other than those on Basic Principles of Literary Appreciation will be on the set books for Paper
PAPER 2:      Essay-Type:     Language, Literature & Culture          Time:   2 hours
Candidates will be required to answer six questions in all: three questions from Section A; two questions from Section B; and one question from Section C. They will also be required to answer all the questions in Edo using the official Edo orthography and metalanguage. The paper shall carry 100 marks.

Section A:       Language

Candidates are advised to write 300 words and spend not more than 45 minutes on this section. The topic chosen will include any of the following essay type:
  • Narrative
  • Descriptive
  • Argumentative
  • Expository
  • Dialogue
  • Debate
  • Letter writing
Sound System
Candidates will be required to answer one question from the two that will be set.
  • Vowels, Consonants and Syllabic nasal
  • their production in terms of place and manner
  • their basic phonetic and phonemic classification
  • Syllable structure
  • Sound processes, e.g. vowel harmony assimilation elision
  • Sound system aspect of the orthography
  • Tones and tone notation
Candidates will be required to answer 1 question from the 2 questions set.
  • Word structure and word formation
  • Numerals: basic and derived
  • Word classes: nouns, verbs, adverbs, pronouns, adjectives, etc.
  • Grammatical categories: subject, object, complement, predicate, number, person, tense, aspect, mood, etc.
  • Phrases and clauses
  • The structure and type of sentences.
Section B:       Literature
This Section consists of Oral Literature and Written Literature.
Oral Literature – Prose, Poetry, Drama
In Oral Literature, there will be three set books covering the different genres. One question will be set from each set book, making three questions in all. Candidates will be required to answer any one of the questions.

Written Literature – Prose, Poetry, Drama

In Written Literature, there will be 3 set books covering the different genres. One question will be set on each set book making a total of three questions.  Candidates will be required to answer any one of the questions.

Section C:       Culture

This Section will consist of topics on customs and institutions. 2 questions will be set and candidates will be required to answer 1.
Topics to be examined will include:
  • make-up and adornments
  • in-door and out-door games
  • pregnancy and its care
  • names/naming ceremonies
  • home training: greetings, respect for superiors, cleanliness, tolerance, integrity, hard work, etc.
  • Edo foods
  • non-verbal communication
  • funerals: traditional and modern methods
  • inheritance: traditional and modern methods.

  • traditional occupations
  • marriage
  • politics: family structure, age grades, chieftaincy, Obaship, etc.
  • child care
  • ancestors
  • Edo beliefs about Osalobua/Osanobua (God), deities/divinities, other invisible forces, etc.
  • modern religions: Islam, Christianity, etc.
  • Economy: adverts, money lending, cooperative efforts, etc.


Paper 1                                                –             60 marks (30%)
Paper 2                                                –           100 marks (70%)
160 marks (100%)
Maximum Marks Obtainable – 160 marks (to be scaled down to 100%)
NB:     To enhance the teaching of this language, it is recommended that schools provide audio-visual materials such as television sets, radios, tape-recorders and tapes, cameras, charts and artefacts.


AUTHOR                                           TITLE                                                PUBLISHER           
Osaren Omoregie                            Iden Nokpokhuo                                                                                                                              (A novel on Queen Iden)
Obazee Gabriel et al.                       Asikoko Ekharha Oghe Edo          National Council of
Arts & Culture, Abuja
Selected poems:
  1. Osanobua –           Emmanuel Orobosa Oronsaye                  7
  2. Ose Dan –           Abel Igbinosa                                              15
  3. Eghian –           Violet O. Omoregie                                       18
  4. Itohan –           Osemwegie Osayomorre                                 32
  5. Igho –           I. Ojo                                                                 p. 41
  6. Edo ne evbo mwen – Eunice O. Orhuozee                             49
  7. Uwu –           Lawrence Osas Osakaue                                   30
  8. Gia doloyi –           Apostle P. O. Osakaue                              70
  9. Edo ne evbo Ahirre – Gabriel O. Obazee                                75
  10. Alaghodaro –           Uyilawa Usuanlele                                   68
  11. Ewaen –           Felix I. Omoregie                                             26
  12. Ukhu –           Emmanuel Orobosa Oronsaye                           14

Ikponmwosa Osemwegie               Eseikho                                             Language Press


AUTHOR                                           TITLE                                                PUBLISHER           
Imasuen, E. O. (DR)                        Edo course Bk 4 – 6                        Aisien Publishers
Omozuwa, Victor Edosa                 Edo phonetics and phonology      Ambik Press

Osemwegie, Osayomwanbo E.     Izelogha                                             Osunero Publishers
Ikponmwosa, Osemwegie              Oro (pages 1 – 49)                           Pristine Publications
Osemwegie, Osayomwanbo E.     Me Okpao Ghare                              Osunero Publishers
Emovon & Osemwegie                   Okha Edo (pp 1 – 5; 23 – 45;         Nelson Publishers                                                               & 81 – 85)
Obazee Gabriel et al.                       Asikoko Ekharha Oghe Edo          National Council of
(pp 1 – 37)                                         Arts & Culture, Abuja
Ikponmwosa Osemwegie               Eseikho                                             Language Press
Imasuen, E. O. (DR)                        Edo course Bk 4 – 6                        Aisien Publishers
Erhahon Ivie                                     Edo Proverbs and Figure of           UNIBEN Press                                                                     Speech
Eghareuba, J. U.                              A short History of Bini                     University Press
Emwinma, Ogie                                Imaguero                                           c/o Aisien Publishers
Ahiatuoghiomwan, Enabulele      Ebe Iruemwi Edo Nogieha             Emnasco Production                                                          (pp 30 – 40)
Agheyisi, (Prof)                                An Edo/English Dictionary            Ethiope Publishers

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