Syllabus : CBSE Syllabus of English Core for Class 11th For March
Class XI (ENGLISH CORE)
One paper 3 Hours Marks: 100
1. Reading Unseen Passages (Two) 20
2. Writing 20
3. Grammar 10
4. Textual Questions : Textbook 30
5. Textual Questions : Supplementary Reader 10
6. Conversation Skills : Listening 05
7. Conversation Skills : Speaking 05
SECTION - A
Reading unseen Passages for Comprehension and
Note-making 20 Marks 40 Periods
Two unseen passages with a variety of questions including 5 marks for vocabulary
such as words formation and inferring meaning. The total length of both the
passages together should be around 1100 words.
1. The passages could be any of the following
2. (a) Factual passages e.g. instructions, descriptions, reports.
(b) Discursive passages involving opinion e.g.
SUMMARY - Class XI
No of words
Short answer type questions to test local, global and
Note-making in an appropriate format
One of the passages should have about 600 words carrying 12 marks, the other
passage should have about 500 words carrying 8 marks.
The passage carrying 08 marks should be used for
testing note-making for 5 marks and testing vocabulary for 3 marks. Vocabulary
for 2 marks may be tested in the other passage carrying 12 marks.
WRITING 20 Marks 40 periods
3. One out of two tasks such as a factual description of any event or
incident, a report or a process based on verbal input provided (80-100 words).
4. One out of two compositions based on a visual
and/or verbal input (in about 100-150 words). The output may be
descriptive or argumentative in nature such as an article for publication in a
newspaper or a school magazine or a speech. 08 Marks
5. Writing one out of two letters based on given
input. Letter types include (a) business or official letters (for making
enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing
orders and sending replies); (b) letters to the editors (giving suggestions,
opinions on an issue of public interest) or (c) application for a job. 08 Marks.
GRAMMAR 10 Marks 30 Periods
Different grammatical structures in meaningful contexts will be tested. Item
types will include gap-filling, sentence-reordering, dialogue-completion and
sentence-transformation. The grammar syllabus will include the following areas:
6. Determiners, Tenses, Clauses, Modals and
Error Correction. 4 Marks.
7. Editing Task. 4 Marks
8. Reordering of sentences. 2 Marks
TEXTUAL QUESTIONS 40 Marks 100 Periods
Questions on the prescribed textbooks will test comprehension at different
levels: literal, inferential and evaluative based on the following prescribed
1. Hornbill : Text book, published by NCERT, New
2. Snapshots : Supplementary Reader, published by NCERT, New Delhi.
English Reader 30 Marks
9. One out of two extracts based on poetry from the text to test comprehension
and appreciation. 4 Marks
10. Two out of three short answer questions from
the poetry section to test local and global comprehension of text (upto 30
words). 6 Marks
11. Five out of six short answer questions on
the lessons from prescribed text (upto 30 words) 2x5=10 Marks
12. One out of two long answer type questions
based on the text to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the set
text. (Expected word limit would be about 100-125 words each) 10 Marks
Supplementary Reader 10 Marks
13. One out of two long answers type questions based on Supplementary Reader to
test comprehension of theme, character and incidents. (upto 100 words) 4 Marks
14. Two out of three short answer questions from
the Supplementary Reader (upto 30 words) 3+3 = 6 Marks
1. Hornbill - Text book published by NCERT, New Delhi.
2. Snapshots - Supplementary Reader published by NCERT, New Delhi.
Conversation Skills (Listening + Speaking)
Conversation Skills will be tested both as part of Continuous Assessment and at
the final examination. Out of the 10 marks allotted for Conversation, 05 marks
may be used for testing Listening and 05 marks may be used for testing Speaking.
The Conversation Skills Assessment Scale may be used for evaluating.
The examiner will read aloud a passage based on a relevant theme or a short
story. The passage may be factual or discursive. The length of the passage
should be around 350 words.
The examinees are expected to complete the listening comprehension tasks given
in a separate sheet while listening to the teacher. The tasks set may be
gap-filling, multiple choice, true or false or short answer questions. There may
be ten different questions for half a mark each.
Narration based on a sequence of pictures. In this section the candidate will be
required to use narrative language. Description of a picture (can be pictures of
people or places) Speaking on a given topic to test recall of a personal
NOTE: At the start of the examination the
examiner will give the candidate some time to prepare. In case of narration the
present tense should be used. Topics chosen should be within the personal
experience of the examinee such as: relating a funny anecdote, retelling the
theme of a book read or a movie seen recently. Once the candidate has
started, the examiner should intervene as little as possible.
Conversation Skills Assessment Scale
1. has general ability to understand words and phrases in a familiar context
but cannot follow connected speech;
2. Has ability to follow short connected utterances in a familiar context;
3. Has ability to understand explicitly stated information in both familiar and
4. Understands a range of longer spoken texts with reasonable accuracy and is
able to draw inferences;
5. Shows ability to interpret complex discourse in terms of points of view;
adapts listening strategies to suit purposes.
1. Shows ability to use only isolated words and phrases but cannot operate
on connected speech level;
2. In familiar situations, uses only short connected utterances with
3. Shows ability to use more complex utterances with some fluency in
longer discourse; still makes some errors which impede communication;
4. Organizes and presents thoughts in a reasonably logical and fluent
manner in unfamiliar situations; makes errors which do not interfere with
5. Can spontaneously adapt style appropriate to purpose and audience;
makes only negligible errors.
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