Research has established significant connection between quality teacher education and student achievement. This cannot but be a concept in considering the performance of students in English language, a skill-based school subject. This paper examines the course content for language education for trainee teachers in the University of Calabar. This study appraises and validates the adequacy of the curriculum content to meet the language needs of the trainees with regard to transferring their learning to meeting the curriculum demands of secondary school English language learner. Suggestions towards optimizing quality teacher and professional education with the aim of improving performance in English language are proffered.