Introduction
The current practice whereby most students in our educational institutions, including the universities, have come to rely mainly on the notes they either make or get in classes, and to limit their reading to the minimum texts prescribed or recommended for success in examinations is likely to continue for some time. The observation of Unoh is particularly true about the lack of adequate and relevant textbooks for the teaching of the reading programme in our higher institutions. In some cases, the few available books are always not adequately assessed to determine their suitability for the purpose for which they are designed. In fact, this study is motivated by my experience teaching English at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-
Ife for six sessions. One interesting thing to note is that both the teachers and learners increasingly depend only on The Use of English: A Text for teaching and learning the course. This study is therefore an attempt to assess the adequacy of the reading skills component of the text for the students of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife.