|ENGLISH (COMMUNICATION SKILLS)
(For the Year 2014, 2015 and 2016)
English Communication Skills
One paper of 100 marks to be attempted in three hours
No. of Teaching Periods: 150 Pass Marks: 35%
(Six periods per week) Time: 3 Hours
Two Literary Texts
Grammar and Vocabulary
Prose Parables (Orient Blackswan, 2013)
The following stories from the above volume are prescribed:
The Kabuliwallah : Rabindranath Tagore
The Eyes Are Not Here: Ruskin Bond
The Death of A Hero: Jai Nimbkar
Grief: Anton Chekov
Uncle Podger Hangs A Picture: Jerome K. Jerome
The Doctor's Word: R.K. Narayan
Green Parrots in A Cage: Gopi Gauba
The Doll's House: Katherine Mansfield
A Service Of Love: O Henry
Dusk: H.H. Munroe (Saki)
The Poetic Palette (Orient Blackswan, 2013)
The following poems from this anthology are prescribed:
Pippa's Song: Robert Browning
Apparently With No Surprise: Emily Dickinson
The Tyger: William Blake
What Do Animals Dream: Yahia Lababidi
Magic Of Love: Helen Farries
The Charge of the Light Brigade: Lord Tennyson
Where the Mind is Without Fear: Rabindranath Tagore
The Soul's Prayer: Sarojini Naidu
I Sit and Look Out: Walt Whitman
The Work of Artifice: Marge Piercy
Whose English is it Anyway?: John Agard
Ars Poetica: Archibald Macleish
Texts Prescribed for Grammar
Oxford Practice Grammar by John Eastwood
Q. No 1 (a): One essay type question with an internal alternative on theme, incident and character from Prose Parables. The answer should not exceed 200-250 words.
(b): Five short answer questions to be attempted (in about 100 words each) out of the given eight from Prose Parables.
2x5= 10 marks
Q. No 2(a): One essay type question with an internal alternative on main ideas, summary from The Poetic Palette. The answer should not exceed 200-250 words.
(b): Two stanzas out of three to be explained with reference to the context from The Poetic Palette.
Q. No. 3: A paragraph (Descriptive) of about 150 words on any one of the four given topics.
Q. No. 4: Translation from English into Hindi or Punjabi of a given passage consisting of ten sentences.
(For those who do not know Punjabi/Hindi)
Paraphrase of a given poetry passage of about 8 to 10 lines.
Q. No. 5: Ten very short answer questions to be attempted from both the prescribed texts, that is, from Prose Parables and The Poetic Palette (five each from both the texts). Answer to each question to be given in about one line. Each question will carry one mark and there will be no internal choice.
Q. No. 6: This question, having two parts, will be based on Oxford Practice Grammar by John Eastwood
(a): Exercises 1 to 43
(b): Exercises 76 to 117
A candidate will be required to attempt 15 out of 18 sentences set in (a) and 10 out of 12 in (b).
The examiner shall set 25% sentences from Oxford Practice Grammar and 75% shall be based on the exercises prescribed in each part.
Q. No. 7:
(a): Words commonly misspelt
(b): Antonyms and Synonyms
In part (a) a candidate shall respond to two out of three words, each carrying one mark
In part (b) a candidate shall give synonyms or antonyms of all the 6 carrying half a mark each.
While no book is prescribed for Q. No. 8, The Student's Companion by Wilfred D. Best is, however, recommended.
The examiner shall give a clear instruction to the candidates to attempt these questions only at one place and only once. Second or subsequent attempts, unless the earlier ones have been crossed out, shall not be evaluated.