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ICSE (Class XII)
Syllabus (2013)

Subject: English

Aims (English Language)

To develop the ability to:

  • derive, infer and critically assess information through listening.
  • express oneself by speaking individually, or in a discussion.
  • read with comprehension drawing information directly or by inference from the text, through an understanding of grammar and structure, vocabulary and idiom.
  • employ a variety of skills in writing : within a framework, using argument or imagination or note making and summarizing.
  • use the English language for the purpose of study and social and cultural interaction.
  • speak and write clearly and to the purpose, using appropriate grammar, vocabulary and idiom.

Aims (Prescribed Texts)

1. To enjoy and appreciate literature through a critical study of selected literary works.

2. Through the study of literature:

  • approach an understanding of humanity.
  • develop an interest in the thought and culture of the peoples of the world.
  • develop the power of expression and a sense of aesthetic values.


There will be two papers as follows:

Paper 1: English Language (3 hours) – 100 marks

Paper 2: Prescribed Textbooks (3 hours) – 100 marks

Paper 1: English Language (3 hours)

Question One: A composition on one of a number of subjects. ...30 Marks

Question Two: Directed writing (an article, a book/film review, speech and report writing or personal profile) based on suggested points...20 Marks

Question Three: Short-answer questions to test grammar, structure and usage. ...20 Marks

Question Four: Comprehension. ...30 Marks

It is recommended that in Paper 1 about 50 minutes should be spent on Question one, 40 minutes on Question two, 30 minutes on Question three and one hour on Question four.

Question One

Candidates will be required to select one composition topic from a choice of six. The choice will normally include narrative, descriptive, reflective and discussion topics.

The required length of the composition is 450 – 500 words.

The main criteria by which the compositions will be marked are as follows:

(a) The quality of the language employed, the range and appropriateness of vocabulary and sentence structure, syntax, the correctness of grammatical constructions, punctuation and spelling.
(b) The degree to which candidates have been successful in organising the content of the composition as a whole and in individual paragraphs.

Courtesy: cisce.org

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