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CBSE CCE Syllabus for Class X English Communicative 2011

English Communicative Syllabus

Class X

Code No. 101


20 Marks Qs 1-4 Four unseen reading passages of 5 marks each. Each reading passage will have 5 sub- parts, each of 1 mark. All questions will be multiple choice questions. The passages will be extracts from poems/factual/descriptive/literary/discursive passages. Questions will test inference, evaluation and vocabulary. There will be at least 04 marks for assessing vocabulary skills. The total length of the 4 passages will be between 650 and 800 words.


20 Marks The writing section comprises of three writing tasks as indicated below: Q 5 A short answer question of upto 100 words in the form of a Biographical Sketch (expansion of notes on an individual’s life or achievements into a short paragraph)/Data Interpretation / Dialogue Writing or Description (people, places, events). The question will assess students’ skill of expressing ideas in clear and grammatically correct English, presenting ideas coherently and concisely, writing a clear description, a clear account of events, expanding notes into a piece of writing, or transcoding information from one form to another.                                                                                                                                                        4 Marks Q 6 A long answer question (minimum 150 words) in the form of a formal letter/informal letter or an email. The output would be a long piece of writing and will assess the use of appropriate style, language, content and expression.                                                                                                   8 Marks Q 7 A long answer question (minimum 180 words) in the form of a diary entry, article, speech, story or debate. Students’ skills in expression ofideas in clear and grammatically correct English, planning, organising and presenting ideas coherently by introducing, developing and concluding a topic, comparing and contrasting ideas and arriving at a conclusion, presenting an argument with supporting examples, using an appropriate style and format and expanding notes into longer pieces ofwriting and creative expression of ideas will be assessed.                                                                  8 Marks Important Note on Format and Word limit:
  • Format will not carry any separate marks and in most cases, format will be given in the question paper.
  • The word limit given is the suggested minimum word limit. No candidate may be penalised for writing more or less than the suggested word limit. Stress should be on content, expression, coherence and relevance of the content presented.


20 Marks This section will assess Grammar items in context for 20 Marks. It will carry 5 questions of 4 marks each. Tests items will be Multiple Choice Questions and test various grammatical items in context. Q 8.-Q 12 will test grammar items which have been dealt with in class X. Different structures such as verb forms, sentence structure, connectors, determiners, pronouns, prepositions, clauses, phrases, etc., can be tested through formative assessment over a period of time. As far as the summative assessment is concerned, it will recycle grammar items learnt over a period of time and will test them in context through Multiple Choice Question format. Tests types used will include gap-filling, cloze (gap filling exercise with blanks at regular intervals), sentence completion, reordering word groups into sentences, editing, dialogue-completion and sentence-transformation. The grammar syllabus will be sampled each year, with marks allotted for: Verb forms Sentence structures Other areas Note: Jumbled words in reordering exercise to test syntax will involve sentences in a context. Each sentence will be split into sense groups (not necessarily into single words) and jumbled up.


20 Marks Q 13 Two extracts out of three from prose, poetry or plays in the form of Multiple Choice Questions based on reference to context. Each extract will carry 3 marks. (Word limit: 20-30 words)                                                                                                    3+3=6 Marks Q 14 Four out of Five short answer type questions based on prose, poetry and play of 2 marks each. The questions will not test recall but inference and evaluation. (Word limit: 30-40 words each)                                                                                                    8 Marks Q 15 One out of two long answer type questions to assess personal response to text by going beyond the text/poem/story or extract. Creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across two texts will also be assessed.                                                                                           6 marks Prescribed Books/Materials
  1. Interact in English – X    Main Course Book  Revised edition
  2. Interact in English – X    Literature Reader     Revised edition                     Published by CBSE
  3. Interact in English – X Workbook                          Revised edition                                Delhi-110092 Reading Section:
Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation, inference and analysis is a skill to be tested formatively as well as summatively. There will be no division of passages for this section, however for reading purposes, the Interact in English Main Course Book will be read in two terms i.e. Term I (April -September) and Term II (October – March).

Writing Section:

All types of short and extended writing tasks will be dealt with in both I and II Term Summative as well as in Formative Assessment. For purposes of assessment all themes dealt with in Main Course Book and other themes may be used.


Grammar items mentioned in the syllabus will be taught and assessed summatively as well as formatively over a period of time. There will be no division of syllabus for Grammar in the summative or formative assessments for the two terms.

Syllabus for Terms

S.No. Text Books First Term (April – September) Second Term (October – March)
FA 1 10 FA2 10 SA I 20 FA3 10 FA4 10 SA II 40
Literature Reader
1       The Tribute
2       Cutie Pie
3       The Letter
4     The Ultimate Safari
1     Night of the Scorpion
Text Books
2     Ode to the West Wind
3       The Frog and The Nightingale
4      Mirror
5       The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
1       A Christmas Carol
2       Julius Caesar
Main Course Book FA 1 FA 2 SA I FA 3 FA 4 SA II
1       Health and Medicine
2       Education
3       Science
4       Environment
5       Travel and Tourism
  1. Formative Assessment is assessment ‘for’ learning. Thus schools may adapt the above breakup as per their convenience.
  2. All activities related to Formative Assessment such as Language games, quizzes, projects, role plays, dramatisation , script writing etc must be done as ‘in class’and ‘in school’activities. In case, a field survey or visit is taken up it must be under the direct supervision of the teacher.