Class XII Syllabus (English Core) for 2018-19

CBSE New Syllabus for 2018-19

English Core
Class XII

Students are expected to have acquired a reasonable degree of language proficiency in English by the time they come to class XI, and the course will aim, essentially, at promoting the higher-order language skills. Fora 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: The general objectives at this stage are:

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 organization 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. to build communicative competence in various registers, of English
6. To promote advanced language skills with an aim to develop the skills of reasoning, drawing inferences, etc. through meaningful activities.
7. To translate texts from mother tongue(s) into English and vice versa.
8. To develop ability and knowledge required in order to engage in independent reflection and enquiry. At the end of this stage learners will be able to do the following:
9. Read and comprehend extended texts (prescribed and non-prescribed) in the following genres: fiction, science fiction, drama, poetry, biography, autobiography, travel and sports literature, etc.
10. text-based writing (i.e., writing in response to questions or tasks based on prescribed or unseen texts)
11. Understand and respond to lectures, speeches, etc.
12. Write expository/argumentative essays, explaining or developing a topic, arguing a case, etc.
13. Write formal/informal letters and applications for different purposes.
14. Write items related to the workplace (minutes, memoranda, notices, summaries reports;
15. Filling up of forms, preparing CVs, e-mail messages, making notes from reference materials, recorded talks etc. The Core Course should draw upon the language items suggested for classes IX-X and delve deeper into their usage and functions. Particular attention may, however, be given to the following areas of grammar: The use of passive forms in scientific and innovative writings. Converting one kind of sentence/clause into a different kind of structure as well as other items to exemplify stylistic variations in different discourses

Specific Objectives of Reading

Students are expected to develop the following study skills:

1. Refer to dictionaries, encyclopedia, thesaurus and academic reference material
2. Select and extract relevant information, using reading skills of skimming and scanning
3. Understand the writer’s attitude and bias
4. Comprehend the difference between what is said and what is implied
5. Understand the language of propaganda and persuasion
6. Differentiate between claims and realities, facts and opinions
7. Form business opinions on the basis of latest trends available
8. Comprehend technical language as required in computer-related fields
9. Arrive at the personal conclusion and comment on a given text specifically
10. Develop the ability to be original and creative in interpreting the opinion
11. Develop the ability to be logically persuasive in defending one’s opinion
12. making notes based on a text

Develop literary skills as enumerated below:

1. Personally respond to literary texts
2. Appreciate and analyze special features of languages that differentiate literary texts from non-literary ones
3. Explore and evaluate features of character, plot, setting, etc.
4. Understand and appreciate the oral, mobile and visual elements of drama
5. Identify the elements of style such as humour, pathos, satire and irony, etc.
6. Make notes from various resources for the purpose of developing the extracted ideas into
sustained pieces of writing

Speaking and Listening

Speaking needs a very strong emphasis and is an important objective leading to professional competence. Hence testing of oral skills must be made an important component of the overall testing pattern. To this end, speaking and listening skills are overtly built into the material to guide the teachers in actualization of the skills.

CBSE Syllabus (English Core) for 2018-19


1. Reading Unseen Passages for Comprehension: Two unseen passages with a variety of very short answer / short answer or MCQ type questions to test comprehension, interpretation and inference. Vocabulary such as word formation and inference of meaning will also be tested. The passages can be literary, factual or discursive to test comprehension. The length of one passage should be between 500-600 words.The total length of the two passages will be between 1100 – 1200 words.

2. Reading Unseen Passage for Note-making: A third passage of 400-500 words for note-making and abstraction.


1. Short Answer Questions: Advertisement and notices, designing or drafting posters, writing formal and informal invitations and replies.

2. Long Answer Questions: Letters based on the verbal/visual input. Letter types include business or official letters (for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and sending replies, letters to the editor (giving suggestions or opinion on issues of public interest and application for a job.

3. Very Long Answer Questions: Two compositions based on visual and/or verbal Input may be descriptive or argumentative in nature such as an article, a debate, a speech or a report.


Flamingo and Vistas

1. Very Short Answer Questions: Based on an extract from poetry to test comprehension and appreciation.

2. Short Answer Questions: Based on prose/ drama/poetry from both the texts.

3. Long Answer Question: Based on texts to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the texts to bring out the key messages and values.

4. Long Answer Question: Based on texts to test global comprehension along with analysis and extrapolation.

5. Long Answer Question: Based on theme, plot and incidents from the prescribed novels.

6. Long Answer Question: Based on understanding appreciation, analysis and interpretation of the character sketch.



1. Flamingo: English Reader published by National Council of Education Research and Training, New Delhi

2. Vistas: Supplementary Reader published by National Council of Education Research and Training, New Delhi

Note: Long answer questions based on values can be given in the writing section or in the literature section.


Name of the lessons deleted


1. Poets and Pancakes
2. The Interview
3. A Road Side Stand (Poem)


1. The Third Level
2. Journey to the End of the Earth

3. Long Reading Text/Novel (Any one of the following):

(a) The Invisible Man (unabridged) by H.G. Wells

(b) Silas Marner (unabridged) by George Eliot


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