ISC Class 12 English-I Syllabus 2024-25

CISCE has released the Latest Updated Syllabus of the New Academic Session 2024-25, for class 12.

Class 12th 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 12th.

We have also updated Oswal Gurukul Books as per the Latest Paper Pattern prescribed by CISCE Board for English-I Language Curriculum.

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ISC English-I Class 12 Latest Syllabus 2024-25

There will be two papers in English Language:

Paper I: Theory - 3 hours ... 80 marks

Paper II: Practical - 3 hours ... 20 marks 

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 grammaticalconstructions, 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

(b) Proposal Writing

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

(a) The piece of directed writing will be based on the information and ideas provided. The required length will be about 300 words. The range of subjects may include article writing, book review, film review, review of cultural programme, speech writing, report writing, personal profile 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.

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 based on the passage will be as follows:

  • Questions that test the candidates’ analytical skills, knowledge of vocabulary, ability to understand the content, infer information and meanings from the text.
  • 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: It is recommended that in Paper 1, about

45 minutes should be spent on Question one,

55 minutes on Question two, 30 minutes on

Question three and 50 minutes on Question four.

Project Work

Project Work in Class XII consists of assessment of candidates in three projects, one each on Listening,
Speaking and Writing skills.

Listening and Speaking skills are to be assessed internally, by the School, during English course work in Class XII.

Writing Skills are to be assessed externally by the Visiting Examiner, appointed locally and approved

Details of assignments for Project Work are given below :

Listening Skills (to be internally assessed by the subject teacher) Speaking Skills (to be internally assessed by the subject teacher) Writing Skills (to be externally assessed by the Visiting Examiner)

An unseen passage of about 500 words may 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

A piece of written work of about 500 words must be produced. List of suggested assignments for Project Work:

  1. The text of a brochure
  2. A product description
  3. A process description (e.g. instruction to operate a device, a recipe, a scientific experiment)
  4. Description of a sporting event
  5. An autobiographical experience
  6. Review of a television serial


Marks (out of a total of 20) should be distributed as given below:

S.No Description Marks
1. Internal Evaluation by Teacher*
  • Listening Skills (Aural)
  • Speaking Skills (Oral)

5 Marks

5 Marks

2. Evaluation by Visiting Examiner of Writing Skills** 10 Marks
TOTAL 20 Marks

* Internal Evaluation by the Teacher (10 Marks):

Assessment Criteria Description Marks
Listening Skills (Aural) Response to questions based on listening comprehension 5
Speaking Skills (Oral)

- Content

- Fluency

- Vocabulary

- Sentence structure

- Confidence







**Criteria for Evaluation by the Visiting Examiner (10 Marks):

Assessment Criteria Description Marks
1. Presentation Overall formatting (headings, sub-headings, paragraphing) within a word limit of 500 words and a separate title page. 2
2. Originality No plagiarism 2
3. Use of appropriate language Use of suitable terminology, vocabulary and illustrations for the specific task chosen. 2
4. Structure Must read as a unified whole. 2
5. Style Lucid style, which communicates the message effectively 2

2023-24 Reduced Syllabus

(for reference purposes only)

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