CSEC English Syllabus

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CARIBBEAN EXAMINATIONS COUNCIL
Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate

CSEC

ENGLISH
SYLLABUS
Effective for examinations from May/June 2012

CXC 01/G/SYLL 09

Published by the Caribbean Examinations Council
© 2010, Caribbean Examinations Council
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CXC 01/G/SYLL 09

Content
RATIONALE ....................................................................................................................................

1

AIMS ..................................................................................................................................................

1

SKILLS AND ABILITIES TO BE ASSESSED .............................................................................

2

RECOMMENDED TIME ALLOCATION ..................................................................................

4

ENGLISH A AND B - NOTES AND SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES .........................................

5

THE ENGLISH A EXAMINATION..............................................................................................

18

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OUTLINE OF ASSESSMENT: ENGLISH A

THE ENGLISH B EXAMINATION .............................................................................................. -

22

OUTLINE OF ASSESSMENT: ENGLISH B

PRESCRIBED TEXTS FOR ENGLISH B.....................................................................................

29

SUGGESTED READING LIST FOR ENGLISH ........................................................................

32

GLOSSARY .....................................................................................................................................

57

CXC 01/G/SYLL 09

AMENDMENTS ARE INDICATED BY ITALICS

REVISED 1997, 2003 AND 2009

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CXC 01/G/SYLL 09

English Syllabus
♦ RATIONALE
The ability of students to understand fully what they listen to, read and view as well as to express themselves clearly in speech and in writing are critical factors in managing their personal and social wellbeing. The study of language and literature provides opportunity for students to develop competence and confidence in speaking and writing for personal and public purposes in everyday activities. It also seeks to develop students' ability to read and enjoy literary texts, to explore social and moral issues, and to evaluate the way language grows, develops and is used. The study of language and literature also recognises the dynamics of viewing and valuing as students respond critically to the wealth of electronic media which help to shape our perceptions at conscious and unconscious levels.

Students explore receptively and expressively three major literary genres, Drama, Poetry, and Prose Fiction, in order to become aware of the many functions and purposes of language. In doing so, they discover that the five facets of the language arts, namely, listening, speaking, reading, writing and viewing, are closely linked together and are interdependent.

Syllabus objectives are organised under understanding and expression in order to guide curriculum development, to give meaning to the teaching programme and to define an assessment scheme that reinforces an English syllabus which has been conceived as an integrated approach to language teaching....
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