Lit in English

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LITERATURE IN ENGLISH Syllabus and Specimen Papers

This syllabus applies for the 2012/2013 session and thereafter until further notice.


NATIONAL EDUCATION PHILOSOPHY ―Education in Malaysia is an on-going effort towards further developing the potential of individuals in a holistic and integrated manner, so as to produce individuals who are intellectually, spiritually, emotionally and physically balanced and harmonious, based on a belief in and devotion to God. Such effort is designed to produce Malaysian citizens who are knowledgeable and competent, who possess high moral standards, and who are responsible and capable of achieving a high level of personal well-being as well as being able to contribute to the betterment of the family, the society and the nation at large.‖


This revised Literature in English syllabus is designed to replace the existing syllabus which has been in use since the 2004 STPM examination. This new syllabus will be enforced in 2012 and the first examination will also be held the same year. The revision of the syllabus takes into account the changes made by the Malaysian Examinations Council (MEC) to the existing STPM examination. Through the new system, sixth-form study will be divided into three terms, and students will sit for an examination at the end of each term. The new syllabus fulfils the requirements of this new system. The main objective of introducing the new examination system is to enhance the teaching and learning orientation in sixth form so as to be in line with the orientation of teaching and learning in colleges and universities. The revision of the Literature in English syllabus incorporates current developments in literature studies and syllabus design in Malaysia. To reflect these changes, both canonical and non-canonical texts are included in the syllabus so that candidates are able to gain insights into historical and modern developments of literature and the ways in which these texts can be read and analysed. The syllabus aims to develop the critical skills of candidates to enable them to engage meaningfully with texts from different literary traditions and genres, and this in turn will contribute towards the development of their aesthetic sense and moral awareness. This orientation in the syllabus requires candidates to give equal consideration to texts and contexts, local and international perspectives, as well as personal relevance and universal concerns. The syllabus contains topics, teaching periods, learning outcomes, examination format, grade description and specimen papers. The design of this syllabus was undertaken by a committee chaired by Professor Dr. Ruzy Suliza bt Hashim of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Other committee members consist of university lecturers, representatives from the Curriculum Development Division, Ministry of Education Malaysia, and experienced teachers teaching Literature in English. On behalf of the Malaysian Examinations Council, I would like to thank the committee for their commitment and invaluable contribution. It is hoped that this syllabus will be a guide for teachers and students in the teaching and learning process.

Chief Executive Malaysian Examinations Council


920 Literature in English Syllabus Page Aims Learning Outcomes Assessment Objectives Prescribed Texts Description of Papers Syllabus Specifications Examination Format Scheme of Assessment Grade Descriptions List of References Specimen Papers Paper 1 Paper 2 Paper 3 35 39 45 38 44 48 28 30 2 4 7 1 1 1 3 6 25 26 27 29 33



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