Syllabus English Senior Secondary NIOS
NIOS Syllabus for Senior Secondary
Course Structure Of English
The total mark for English is 100. There will be one paper of 3 hrs. duration. The allocation of marks is as follows:-
NIOS Syllabus-English (302)
Section A & Section C
Reading comprehension (prescribed texts) and functional grammar.
Study time 100 hrs.
A variety of genres – short stories, expository pieces, biographies, poems, plays,
newspaper and magazine excerpts have been included. The teaching of grammar has been
integrated with the reading texts. The emphasis is on functional grammar.
The following ten prose texts and five poems have been selected for the development of different reading skills.
-Prescribed Texts (Prose + Poetry):
*(for theory papers only)
Chapter -6 My Grandmother’s House
Chapter -8 A Case of Suspicion
Chapter -9 My Son will not be a beggar
Chapter -10 Where the mind is without fear
Chapter -12 If I Were You
Chapter -13 The Tiger in the Tunnel
Chapter -14 The Road Not Taken
Chapter -16 I must know the truth
Chapter -17 India- Her Past and Future
Chapter -18 Night of the Scorpion
-Grammar and usage
The following points of grammar and usage have been selected from the reading
1) agreement/concord: number – gender etc.
2) Tenses: simple past (negatives/interrogatives) present perfect, past perfect continuous,
past perfect, expressing future time (will and going to)
3) Passive voice (perfect tenses and modals)
4) Modals (must, should ought to, would)
5) Linking words (to like because although, instead of, if, as, since, who, which that, when, however, in spite of)
6) Reported speech, statements, questions (yes/no)
In this section, learners will be exposed to newspapers, articles, tables, diagrams,
advertisements, etc. which they have to read carefully and interpret. In the examination,
similar pieces will be used.
Functional writing and study skills
Marks: 20 Marks
Study time 70 hrs.
This module helps the learner to write descriptive and narrative paragraphs, letters, reports notices, etc., and also practice skills of note-making
1. Paragraph writing
• Describing objects
• Describing people
• Narrating events, stories
2. Letter writing
• Application for leave
• Application for jobs
• Asking for information from various agencies (e.g. Last date for getting
prospects; price of items before placing doers etc.
3. Note making
4. Ending (punctuation, spelling, appropriate vocabulary, structures)
English for Receptionist
Study Time 40 hrs.
This module will introduce the learners to various exercises, tasks, and meaningful activities related to the receptionist’s use of English. Tapes will support the printed course materials.
The following competencies will be developed:
1. Receiving messages, making requests, etc.
2. Supplying information
3. Giving advice and making suggestions
4. Dealing with complaints
5. Making entries in an appointment book, register, etc.
English for Office Use
Study Time 40 hrs.
This course will help the learner to use English effectively and appropriately in the office environment. The competencies will be developed.
1. Using the telephone taking and passing messages.
2. Receiving messages
3. Marking noting on files and circulars.
4. Writing office notes, memos, notices, and agendas for meetings.
5. Telegrams and fax messages.
6. Writing business letters, application inquiries, and complaints.
7. Filling in forms, cheques, pay-in slips, etc.