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Background :

Students are expected to have acquired a reasonable degree of language proficiency in English by the time they come to class XII, and the course will aim, essentially, at promoting the higher-order language skills.

For a large number of students, the higher secondary stage will be a preparation for the university, where a fairly high degree of proficiency in English may be required. But for another large group, the higher secondary stage may be a preparation for entry into the world of work. The Core Course should cater to both groups by promoting the language skills required for academic study as well as the language skills required for the workplace.

Objectives :

  1. To listen to and comprehend live as well as recorded oral presentations on a variety of topics.
  2. To develop greater confidence and proficiency in the use of language skills necessary for social and academic purposes.
  3. To participate in group discussions/interviews, making short oral presentations on given topics.
  4. To perceive the overall meaning and organisation of the text (i.e., the relationships of the different “chunks” in the text to each other).
  5. To identify the central/main point and supporting details, etc.
  6. To build communicative competence in various registers of English.
  7. To promote advanced language skills with an aim to develop the skills of reasoning, drawing inferences, etc. through meaningful activities.
  8. To translate texts from mother tongue (s) into English and vice versa.
  9. To develop ability and knowledge required in order to engage in independent reflection and enquiry.
  10. To develop the capacity to appreciate literary use of English and also use English creatively and imaginatively.

SYLLABUS FOR HIGHER SECONDARY FINAL YEAR COURSE

One Paper Time: Three Hours Marks: 100
Unit No Title Marks Periods
Unit I Section : A (Reading Skills)

Reading unseen prose passage

10 20
Unit II Section : B (Advanced Writing Skills) 25 30
Unit III Section : C (Grammar)
  1. Narration : Direct and Indirect
  2. Voice
  3. Tenses
  4. Preposition
  5. Transformation of Sentences
20
  • 4
  • 3
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4
20
Unit IV Section-D
  1. Flamingo
  2. Vistas
45
  • 30
  • 15
50
Total 100 120

Section A : 10 Marks

Reading unseen Passage

Reading unseen prose passage for comprehension.

The total length of the passage will be between 500-800 words. The passages may be one of the following:

  1. Factual Passages e.g. instructions. descriptions, reports.
  2. Discursive passage involving opinion e.g. argumentative. persuasive or interpretative text.
  3. Literary passage e.g. extract from fiction, drama, poetry,essay or biography.
Unseen Passages No of words Testing Areas Marks
1 500-800 Short answer type questions to test local, global and inferential comprehension, vocabulary 10

Section B : 25 Marks

Advanced Writing Skills Marks
2 One out of two short compositions of not more than 50 words each e.g. advertisement and notices, designing or drafting posters, writing formal and informal invitations and replies. 5
3 A report or a factual description based on verbal input provided (one out of two) (100-125 words) 10
4 Writing one out of two letters based on verbal input. Letter types include :
  1. Business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and sending replies)
  2. Letters to the editor (giving suggestions on an issue)
  3. Application for a job
10

Section C : 20 Marks

Grammar Marks
5
  1. Narration : Direct and Indirect
  2. Voice
  3. Tenses
  4. Preposition
  5. Transformation of Sentences
  • 4
  • 3
  • 5
  • 4
  • 4

Section D : 45 Marks

Prescribed books

  1. Flamingo : English Reader published by Assam Higher Secondary Education Council, Bamunimaidam, Guwahati-21.
  2. Vistas : Supplementary Reader published by Assam Higher Secondary Education Council, Bamunimaidam, Guwahati-21.
Book Marks
Flamingo Selected Texts 30
Prose
The Last Lesson Alphonse Daudet
Memoirs of Chota Sahib John Rowntree
Lost Spring Anees Jung
Indigo Louis Fischer
Going places A.R. Barton
Poetry
My Mother At Sixty Six Kamala Das
Keeping Quite Pablo Neruda
A Thing of beauty John Keats
A Roadside Stand Robert Frost
6 One out of two extracts based on poetry from the text to test comprehension and appreciation 4
7 Three out of four short questions from the poetry section to test local and global comprehension of text 2×3=6
8 Five very Short answer questions out of seven questions based on the lessons from prescribed text 1×5=5
9 Five short answer questions out of seven questions based on the lessons from prescribed text 2×5=10
10 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 about 80-100 words each) 5
VISTAS Selected Texts 15
The Tiger King
Journey to the end of the Earth
On the Face of it
Memories of Childhood
11 One out of two long answer type question based on Supplementary Reader to test comprehension and extrapolation of theme, character and incidents (Expected word limit about 125-150 words) 07
12 Four short answer questions from the Supplementary Reader 2×4=8