CBSE Class 11 Functional English Syllabus 2013-2014

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MCQs and short answer questions: to test comprehension, analysis, inference, evaluation and literary appreciation

1. 450-500 words in length for note-making and summarising;

2. 300-500 words in length (comprehension and vocabulary).

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.

Note: In the case of a poem, the text may be shorter than 200 words or 20-24 lines.



This section will include writing tasks as indicated below:

3. Short Answer Questions: Messages, notices, e-mails (formal) and description of people, arguing for or against a topic. Note: Though e-mail is included as one of the writing tasks, it is suggested that it may be tested as a part of internal or formative assessment.

4. Long Answer Question: Based on a verbal or visual input:

a) Official letter for making inquiries, suggesting changes, registering complaints, asking for and giving information, placing orders and replies.

b) Letters to the editor on various social, national and international issues.

5. Very Long Answer Question: Sustained writing tasks such as writing a speech, an article for a magazine or report based on a verbal or a visual input.


A variety of questions through MCQs and Very Short Answer type 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.

• Drafting questions/questionnaires based on verbal/visual input

• Composing a dialogue based on the given input

• Recognizing consonant and vowel values in pronunciation/ sentence and word stress

• Correction of errors in sentences


LITERATURE: Textbooks and Long Reading Texts 

Questions are asked to test local and global comprehension involving interpretative, inferential, evaluative and extrapolatory skills.

• Short Answer Questions: Based on extracts from different prose pieces each followed by questions to test Local and Global comprehension of ideas and language.

• Short Answer Questions: Based on different poems to test theme, setting and literary devices.

• Long Answer Questions: Based on the prose or play to test comprehension of characters, actions and plot. An extract may or may not be based on prose texts from the Literature Reader to test global comprehension, usage, lexis and meaning and extended questions based on one of the prose text in the Literature Reader to test global comprehension and values which are inherent in the text.

Note: Short answer questions or long answer questions based on values can be given in the writing section or in the literature section.

• Long Answer Questions: To test understanding, appreciation, analysis, inference in the plot of the long reading text and writing a character sketch.


Please refer to attached file for CBSE Class 11 Functional English Syllabus 2013-2014


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