CBSE Class 11 Functional English Syllabus 2010 2011




Two unseen passages (including poems) with a variety of questions including 04 marks for vocabulary such as word formation and inferring meaning. The total no. of words of the 2 passages should be between 650-1000 words.

1. 350-500 words in length-8 marks (for note-making and summarising) 

2. 300-500 words in length-12 marks (04 marks for vocabulary and 08 marks for reading comprehension)

The passages or poems could be of any of the following types

a) Factual passages e.g. instructions, descriptions, reports

b) Discursive passages involving opinion e.g. argumentative, reflective persuasive etc.

c) Literary texts e.g. poems, extracts from fiction, biography, autobiography, travelogue etc.

In the case of a poem, the text may be shorter than 200 words.



THREE writing tasks as indicated below:

3. One out of two short writing tasks such as composing messages, notices, e-mails and factual description of people, arguing for or against a topic (50-80 words)

Note: Though e-mail is included as one of the writing tasks, it is suggested that it may be tested as a part of formative assessment.

4. Writing one out of two of the following kinds of letters on the basis of  given verbal or visual input:

a) Official letter for making inquiries, suggesting changes/registering complaints, asking for & giving information, placing orders and sending replies (80-100 words)

b) Letters to the editor on various social, national and international issues. (120-150 words)

5. One out of two long and sustained writing tasks such as writing a speech  or writing an article based on a verbal or a visual input (150-200 words).



A variety of questions may be asked to test grammar items in context (not as isolated sentences). Though only modals, determiners, voice and tense forms are being dealt with in Class XI, other grammar items such as prepositions, verb forms, connectors which have been learnt earlier would also be included.

6. Drafting questions/questionnaires based on given input 

7. Composing a dialogue based on the given input 

8. Recognizing consonant and vowel values in pronunciation, stress and intonation 

9. Correction of errors in sentences 



In the Literature Reader, questions will be asked to test local and global comprehension involving interpretative, inferential, evaluative and extrapolatory skills.

10. One out of two extracts from different poems from the Literature  Reader, each followed by two or three questions to test Local and Global comprehension of ideas and language used in the text.

11. Two out of three short answer questions based on different poems to  test theme, setting and literary devices. They may or may not be based on extracts. (80-100 words)

12 One out of two questions on the play from the Literature Reader to  test comprehension of characters, actions and plot (80-100 words). An extract may or may not be used.

13. Two out of three short answer questions based on different prose texts  From the Literature Reader to test global comprehension, usage, lexis and meaning (80-100 words)

14. One out of two extended questions based on one of the prose texts in  the Literature Reader to test global comprehension and for extrapolation beyond the text (100-125 words)

Please refer to attached file for CBSE Class 11 Functional English Syllabus 2010-2011



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