1. To develop habits of clear articulate expression using accepted syntactical forms and structures, with a firm grasp of idiom and to comprehend and appreciate good prose.

2. To expose candidates to a deeper knowledge and appreciation of literary works in the language.


There will be one paper of 3 hours duration, which will consist of two sections:

Section 1: Language (50 marks)
Section 2: Prescribed Textbooks (50 marks)

Candidates will be required to answer four questions on at least three of the prescribed textbooks.

1. COMPOSITION: One composition of 400 words approximately in the language to be written out of a choice of 6 topics set within the experience and mental maturity of the age-group of the candidates.
(20 Marks)

2. COMPREHENSION: An unseen passage of about 300 words to be set with 4 questions or summary with heading to test the ability to summarise and/or to expand an idea given in the passage. (20 Marks)

3. GRAMMAR: Functional grammar – correction of sentences and using words/idioms in sentences, viz. correct structure with proper agreement of the subject and verb according to the number, gender, case, tense and voice. (10 Marks)

4. PRESCRIBED TEXTBOOKS: Candidates will be required to answer four questions on any three of the prescribed textbooks. (50 Marks)

For list of Prescribed Textbooks, see Appendix I.
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