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CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus 2020-2021 New (Subject code 184)

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By Ruchika Gupta

CBSE English Syllabus for Class 10 2020-2021 Session - Language and Literature

CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus - As per CBSE Class 10 English Syllabus, English (Language and Literature) paper (subject code184) is a compulsory subject for all students appearing in the Class 10 examination under the CBSE. As per the syllabus of Class 10 English, English Language and Literature paper (written exam) is divided into two sections carrying a total weightage of 80 marks. The details are mentioned further. The remaining 20 marks of English Language and Literature paper are allotted for the Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills (ASL) which will be marked through a viva voce (oral exam) conducted by the respective teachers.

 

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The weightage given to each section of the English Language and Literature paper is as follows

Section - wise weightage for CBSE Class 10 English Language and Literature paper

The Board examination of Class 10 English will be of 80 marks, with duration of three hours. The section - wise weightage of marks in Class 10 English paper will be as follows
 

Sections

Competencies

Total marks

Weightage %

Reading Comprehension

Conceptual understanding, decoding, analyzing, inferring, interpreting and vocabulary

20

25%

Writing Skill and Grammar

Creative expression of an opinion, reasoning, justifying, illustrating, appropriacy of style and tone, using appropriate format and fluency. Applying conventions, using integrated structures with accuracy and fluency

20

25%

Literature Textbook and
Supplementary Reading
Text 

Recalling, reasoning, appreciating, applying literary conventions illustrating and justifying etc. Extract relevant information, identifying the central theme and sub-theme, understanding the writers’ message and writing fluently.

40

 

50%

Total

 

80

 

 

 

PART A (40 Marks)

Reading                                                                                                                      20 Marks

  • Multiple Choice Questions based on a  discursive passage of 400-450 words to test inference, evaluation and vocabulary. Ten out of twelve questions to be answered. (10x1=10)     
  • Multiple Choice Questions based on a Case-based factual passage (with visual input- statistical data, chart etc.) of 300-350 words to test analysis and interpretation. Ten out of twelve questions to be answered. (10x1=10)        

(Total length of two passages to be 700-750 words)
Literature Textbooks                                                                                                10 Marks

  • Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract from drama/prose to test inference, evaluation and vocabulary. Any 1 out of 2 extracts to be done. (5x1=5)        
  • Multiple Choice Questions based on an extract from poetry to test analysis and interpretation. Any 1 out of 2 extracts to be done (5x1=5)             

Grammar                                                                                                                    10 Marks

  • Ten Multiple Choice Questions, out of twelve, to be answered. Questions shall be   based on  the following:  

 

  1. Tenses
  2. Modals
  3. Subject – verb concord
  4. Reported speech
    1. Commands and requests
    2. Statements
    3. Questions
  5. Determiners

 

The following topics have been deleted for Academic Session 2020-21

    • Use of Passive Voice
    • Clauses: Noun, Adverb, Relative
    • Prepositions

 

PART B – Subjective Questions (40 marks)

Writing                                                                                                               10 Marks

  • Formal letter (word limit 100-120 words) based on a given situation. One out of two questions is to be answered. 5 marks
  • Writing an analytical paragraph (word limit 100-120 words) based on a given outline/ Data/ Chart/ Cue/s .One out of two questions is to be answered. 5 marks

Literature                                                                                                             30 Marks

  • Four out of six Short Answer Type Questions to be answered in 20-30 words each from FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET (two out of three from FIRST FLIGHT and two out of three from FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET). 2x4=8 marks
  • Four out of six Short Answer Type Questions to be answered in 40-50 words each from FIRST FLIGHT and FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET (two out of three from FIRST FLIGHT and two out of three from FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET).  3x4=12 marks                    
  • One out of two Long Answer Type Questions from FIRST FLIGHT to be answered in about 100-120 words each to assess creativity, imagination and extrapolation beyond the text and across the texts. This can be a passage-based question taken from a situation/plot from the texts. 5 marks
  • One out of two Long Answer Type Questions from FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET on theme or plot involving interpretation, extrapolation beyond the text and inference or character sketch to be answered in about 100-120 words. 5 marks

 

 

Prescribed Books: Published by NCERT, New Delhi

1. FIRST FLIGHT – Text for Class X
Deleted Chapters for Academic Session 2020-21

  • How to Tell Wild Animals
  • Trees 
  • Fog 
  • Mijbil the Otter
  • For Anne Gregory

 
2. FOOTPRINTS WITHOUT FEET – Supplementary Reader for Class X
Deleted Chapter for Academic Session 2020-21

  • The Midnight Visitor 
  • A Question of Trust 
  • The Book That Saved The Earth

3. WORDS AND EXPRESSIONS – II (WORKBOOK FOR CLASS X)

Note: Teachers are advised to:

  • Encourage interaction among peers, students and teachers through activities such as role play, discussions, group work etc.
  • Reduce teacher-talking time and keep it to the minimum,
  •  Take up questions for discussion to encourage pupils to participate and to marshal their ideas and express and defend their views, and
  • Follow the Speaking and Listening activities given in the NCERT books.

Besides measuring learning outcomes, texts serve the dual purpose of diagnosing mistakes and areas of non-learning. To make evaluation a true index of learners’ knowledge, each language skill is to be assessed through a judicious mixture of different types of questions.

    • Reading Section: Reading for comprehension, critical evaluation, inference and analysis are to be tested.
    • Writing Section: All types of short and extended writing tasks will be dealt with.
    • Grammar: Grammar items mentioned in the syllabus will be taught and assessed over a period of time. 

 

 

INTERNAL ASSESSMENT

Listening and Speaking Competencies

  • Assessment of Listening and Speaking Skills will be for 05 marks. 
  • It is recommended that listening and speaking skills should be regularly practiced.

Art-integrated projects based on activities like Role Play, Skit, Dramatization etc. must be used. Please refer to the Circular no. Acad-33/2020 dated 14th May 2020 at the http://cbseacademic.nic.in/web_material/Circulars/2020/33_Circular_2020.pdf for details.

 

Guidelines for Assessment in Listening and Speaking Skills

  • Activities
    • Activities for listening and speaking available at www.cbseacademic.in can be used for developing listening and speaking skills of students.
    • Subject teachers should also refer to books prescribed in the syllabus.
    • In addition to the above, teachers may plan their own activities and create their own material for assessing the listening and speaking skills.
  • Parameters for Assessment:

The listening and speaking skills are to be assessed on the following parameters:

    • Interactive competence (Initiation & turn taking, relevance to the topic).
    • Fluency (cohesion, coherence and speed of delivery). iii. Pronunciation iv. Language (accuracy and vocabulary).
  • Schedule:
  • The practice of listening and speaking skills should be done throughout the academic year.
  • The final assessment of the skills is to be done as per the convenience and schedule of the school.
  • Record keeping:
  • The record of the activities done and the marks given must be kept for three months after the declaration of result, for any random checking by the Board.

No recording of speaking skills is to be sent to the Board.

 

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