Definition of syllabus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsɪləbəs//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪləbəs//
(pl. syllabuses, (less frequent)syllabi
BrE BrE//ˈsɪləbaɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsɪləbaɪ//
School life
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a list of the topics, books, etc. that students should study in a particular subject at school or college CollocationsEducationLearning acquire/​get/​lack (an) education/​training/(British English) (some) qualifications receive/​provide somebody with training/​tuition develop/​design/​plan a curriculum/(especially British English) course/(North American English) program/​syllabus give/​go to/​attend a class/​lesson/​lecture/​seminar hold/​run/​conduct a class/​seminar/​workshop sign up for/​take a course/​classes/​lessonsSchool go to/​start preschool/​kindergarten/​nursery school be in the first, second, etc. (North American English) grade/(especially British English) year (at school) study/​take/​drop history/​chemistry/​German, etc. (British English) leave/​finish/​drop out of/ (North American English) quit school (North American English) graduate high school/​collegeProblems at school be the victim/​target of bullying (British English) play truant from/ (both British English, informal) bunk off/​skive off school (= not go to school when you should) (both especially North American English) skip/​cut class/​school (British English) cheat in/(North American English) cheat on an exam/​a test get/​be given a detention (for doing something) be expelled from/​be suspended from schoolWork and exams do your homework/(British English) revision/​a project on something work on/​write/​do/​submit an essay/​a dissertation/​a thesis/​an assignment/(North American English) a paper finish/​complete your dissertation/​thesis/​studies/​coursework hand in/ (North American English) turn in your homework/​essay/​assignment/​paper study/​prepare/ (British English) revise/ (North American English) review/ (North American English, informal) cram for a test/​an exam take/ (both British English) do/​sit a test/​an exam (especially British English) mark/ (especially North American English) grade homework/​a test (British English) do well in/ (North American English) do well on/ (informal, especially North American English) ace a test/​an exam pass/​fail/ (informal, especially North American English) flunk a test/​an exam/​a class/​a course/​a subjectUniversity apply to/​get into/​go to/​start college/(British English) university leave/​graduate from law school/​college/(British English) university (with a degree in computer science) study for/​take/ (British English) do/​complete a law degree/​a degree in physics (both North American English) major/​minor in biology/​philosophy earn/​receive/​be awarded/​get/​have/​hold a master’s degree/​a bachelor’s degree/​a PhD in economics compare curriculum See related entries: School life Word Origin mid 17th cent. (in the sense ‘concise table of headings of a discourse’): modern Latin, originally a misreading of Latin sittybas, accusative plural of sittyba, from Greek sittuba ‘title slip, label’.Extra examples Does the syllabus cover modern literature? How can computer skills be integrated into the syllabus? Is calculus on the syllabus? Is geometry on the GCSE syllabus? It was impossible to cover the overloaded syllabus in a year. Let’s include that in this year’s syllabus. Professors will want to develop their own course syllabuses. Several schools in Britain already teach the baccalaureate syllabus. Students do different syllabuses according to their ability. The courses do not follow the syllabus of any particular examination board. There is little time to depart from the syllabus. This period of history was not examined under the old syllabus. questions from last year’s syllabus sample syllabuses for undergraduate courses some syllabuses for basic courses in geography the course syllabuses in arts subjects the need to revise the history syllabus A group of experienced teachers were asked to design a new English syllabus. Do you have any experience in syllabus design? Teachers rarely depart from the prescribed syllabus. The courses do not follow any particular exam syllabus. The current history syllabus has a pretty narrow focus. They stick rigidly to the official syllabus. We practised using some of the questions from last year’s syllabus.
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