Class XI Syllabus (English Core) for 2018-19

Class XI CBSE Syllabus for 2018-19

English Core

Class XI

Unit-wise Weightage
Area of Learning
Reading Skills: Comprehension
Writing Skills and Grammar
Literature & Long Reading Text
Assessment of Speaking & Listening Skills

Section A: Reading Comprehension       45 Periods

Very short answer and MCQ types questions: Two unseen passages (including poems) with a variety of questions including 4 marks for vocabulary such as word formation and inferring meaning. The total range of the 2 passages including a poem or a stanza, will be around 900-1000 words.
1. 550-600 words in length (for note-making and summarising)
2. 350-400 words in length (to test comprehension, interpretation and inference)
3. An unseen poem of about 28-35 lines


The passages could be of any one of the following types:

Factual passages: illustrations, description, reports
Discursive passages: involving opinion, e.g., argumentative, persuasive
Literary passages: extracts from fiction, biography, autobiography, travelogue, etc. In the case of a poem, the text may be shorter than the prescribed word limit.


Section B: Writing Skills and Grammar    60 Periods


1. Short Answer Questions: Based on notice/ poster/ advertisement
2. Long Answer Questions: Letters based on verbal/visual input. It would cover all types of letters. Letter types may include: business or official letters – for making enquiries, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and sending replies, letters to the editor, application for a job with a bio-data or resume, letter to the school or college authorities, regarding admissions, school issues, requirements /suitability of courses, etc.
3. Very Long Answer Question: Composition in the form of article, speech, report writing or a narrative


Different grammatical structures in meaningful contexts will be tested. Item types will include gap filling, sentence re-ordering, dialogue completion and sentence transformation. The grammar syllabus will include determiners, tenses, clauses, modals and Change of Voice. These grammar areas will be tested using the following short answer type and MCQ type questions: 

    1. Error Correction, 
    2. Editing tasks, 
    3. Re-ordering of Sentences, 
    4. Transformation of sentences

Section C: Literature and Long Reading Texts     70 Periods

Questions to test comprehension at different levels: literal, inferential and evaluative.
1. Very Short Answer Questions – Based on an extract from poetry to test reference to context comprehension and appreciation.  (1×3=3 Marks)
2. Short Answer Questions – Three Short Answer Questions out of four ( Two questions should be from Hornbill ) – Based on prose, poetry and plays from both the texts.   ( 3×3=9Marks)
3. Long Answer Question – One Long Answer Question out of two from Hornbill ( to be answered in 120-150 words) Based on prescribed texts to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the texts .   6 Marks
4. Long Answer Questions – One Long Answer Questions out of two from Snapshots ( to be answered in 120-150 words) -Based on theme, plot, incidents or events to test global comprehension and extrapolation beyond the texts.    6 Marks
5. Long Answer Question – One Long Answer Question out of two from Hornbill ( to be answered in 120-150 words) – Based on understanding appreciation, analysis and interpretation of the characters/events/episodes/incidents .    6 Marks

Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills (ASL)    45 Periods

It is recommended that speaking and listening skills should be regularly taught in the class.

Prescribed Text books:

1. Hornbill: English Reader published by NCERT
2. Snapshots: Supplementary Reader published by NCERT

The following lessons have been reincluded:

1. Hornbill
1. Landscape of the Soul
2. The Adventure
3. Silk Road
4. The Laburnum Top (Poem)
2. Snapshot

1. The Ghat of the only World

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