ICSE (Class XII)
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
- 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
- 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
2. Through the study of literature:
- approach an understanding of humanity.
- develop an interest in the thought and culture of the peoples of the
- develop the power of expression and a sense of aesthetic values.
CLASSES XI & XII
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.
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.
Candidates will be required to select one composition topic from a choice of
six. The choice will normally include narrative, descriptive, reflective and
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.