ISC Class 11 English-I Language Syllabus 2024-25

CISCE has released the Latest Updated Syllabus of the New Academic Session 2024-25, for class 11. It is available under the ‘‘Regulations and Syllabuses’ page of ISC 2026 on  

Class 11th Syllabus has been released by CISCE. It’s very important for both Teachers and Students to understand the changes and strictly follow the topics covered in each subject under each stream for Class 11th.

We have also updated Oswal Gurukul Books as per the Latest Paper Pattern prescribed by CISCE Board for each Subject Curriculum.

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ISC English-I Language Class 11 Latest Syllabus 2024-25

There will be two papers in English Language:

Paper I: Theory (3 hours): 80 Marks

Paper II: Project Work: 20 Marks

Paper - I (Theory) – 80 Marks

All questions will be compulsory.

Topics Questions Choices for Question Suggestions
Question One: A composition on one of a number of subjects. Candidates will be required to select one composition topic from a choice of six. The choice will normally include narrative, descriptive, reflective, argumentative, discursive topics and original short story. The required length of the composition is 400 – 450 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.
Question Two

(a) Directed writing.

There are two parts in this question and both parts are compulsory.

(a) Directed Writing 

The piece of directed writing must be based on the information and all the points provided. The required length is 250-300 words. The range of subjects includes feature article, book review, speech writing, newspaper report and statement of purpose.

Skills such as amplifying, describing and re-stating are involved. The candidates’ ability in the above skills, including format, will be taken into account as well as their ability to handle language appropriately in the context of the given situation.
(b) Proposal Writing based on a given situation.

(b) Proposal Writing 

Candidates will be required to write a proposal based on a given situation.

The proposal should include (i) An Introduction (ii) Objectives (iii) List of measures to be taken. A concluding statement is necessary.
The format prescribed by the CISCE must be followed. The candidates will also be marked on linguistic ability.
Question Three Short-answer questions to test grammar, structure and usage All the items in this question are compulsory and their number and type / pattern may vary from year to year. They will consist of transformation of sentences, phrasal verbs, and verbs/tenses, which will test the candidates’ knowledge of the essentials of functional English grammar and structure.
Question Four Comprehension. A passage of about 700 words will be provided.
  • Questions that test the candidates’ analytical skills, knowledge of vocabulary, ability to understand the content, infer information and meanings from the text.
Questions based on the passage will be as follows:
  • A question that elicits the main ideas of all or part of the passage, where the candidate will be required to frame a summary (keeping to a word limit), in a coherent manner. Marks will be awarded for expression and the candidate’s ability to summarise clearly in complete sentences. Marks will be deducted for linguistic errors.
NOTE: This part must be done in the grid form. Use of abbreviations and contractions will not be accepted.

Project Work

Project Work in Class XI consists of assessment of candidates in Listening and Speaking Skills which are to be assessed internally, by the school, during English course work and shown in the student’s report and school record.

Candidates are to be assessed in two projects, one on Listening Skills and one on Speaking Skills.

Details of assignments for Project Work on Listening and Speaking Skills are given below:

Listening Skills Speaking Skills
An unseen passage of about 500 words is to be read aloud, twice, the first time at normal reading speed (about 110 words a minute) and the next time at a slower speed. The passage may be taken from any novel, newspaper, magazine article, journal and so on but not from an ICSE or ISC textbook. Students may make brief notes during the readings followed by answering objective type questions based on the passage, on the paper provided. Students are to be assessed through an individual presentation of about three minutes followed by a discussion with the subject teacher, for another two or three minutes.

Some of the themes which may be addressed are:

  1. Narrating an experience

  2. Giving directions or instructions on how to make or operate something

  3. Providing a description

  4. Giving a report

  5. Expressing an opinion or a theme-based conversation


Internal Evaluation by the Teacher (20 Marks):

Assessment Criteria Description Marks
Listening Skills (Aural) Response to questions based on listening comprehension 10
Speaking Skills (Oral)

- Content

- Fluency

- Vocabulary

- Sentence structure

- Confidence







2023-24 Reduced Syllabus

(for reference purposes only)

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