NEB Compulsory English – Syllabus / Course

Compulsory English

Grade – XI

Full Marks 100

Teaching hours 150


1.           Arthur Guiterman, ” On the Vanity of Earthly Greatness”

2.           Darothy Charles, “Concrete Cat”

3.           Mark Strand ” Keeping things whole”

4.           Cowper ” The Poplar Field”

5.           W. Wordsworth, “My Heart Leaps up when I Behold”


6.           Barbara Holland, “Speaking of Children”

7.           Joan Didion, ” In Bed”

8.           Issac Asimov, ” The Nightmare Life Without Fuel”

9.           Roger Roserblatt, “Opps ! How’s that Again?”

10.         Harold J. Morowitz, “The Six Million Dollar Man”

11.         W.S. Merwin, ” “Unchopping a tree”


12.         Stories of the supernatural: “The Recurring Dream” ” The Lost Doll”, The House Call” “Fear”, “The Loving Mother”

13.         Hemingway, “The Three Day Blow”

14.         R. Kipling, ” The Gardener”

15.         Patricia Hempt, ” Look at a tea cup”

16.         Eudora Welty, “A Worn Path”


17.         R.N. Tagore, “Malini”

Prescribed Texts:

1.           Doff. Adrian, C. Jones and K. Mitchell. Meaning into words (Intermediate).  Students book, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press .

2.           Meaning into Words (Intermediate), Workbook, Cambridge, C.U.P. 1983

3.           The Magic of Words (A Collection of poetry, prose and drama). Kathmandu, 1996.

4.           Link English. Revised edition, Kathmandu : Sajha Prakashan, 1996.

Reference Books:

1.           One of the following Dictionaries:

              a)           Cambridge International of Dictionary of English Cambridge, C.U.P., 1995

              b)           Collins COBUILD English Dictionary. New Edition London: Narper Collins, 1995.

c)           Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englsih. 3rd edition. Harlow: Longman Group 1995

d)           Oxford Advanced learner’s Dictionary: Learner’d Dictionary: 5th edition; Oxford: O.U.P. 1996.

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2.           Doff, Adrian, C. Jones and K. Mitchell, Meanings into words (Intermediate), Teacher’s book. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 1983.

3.           Meaning into words, (Intermediate). Text BOOK, C.U.P.

4.           Meaning into Words, (intermediate). Cassette (Student’s Book) C.U.P.

5.           Meaning into Words, (Intermediate).  Cassette (Drills), C.U.P.

6.           Swan, Michael. Basic English Usage.  Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1994.

Compulsory English

Grade – XII

Full Marks 100

Teaching hours 150


1.           William Stafford. “Traveling through the Dark.

2.           W.B. Yeasts, “The Lamentation of the Old Pensioner”.

3.           William Shakespeare, “Full Fathom Five Thy Father Lies.”

4.           Ray Young Bear, “Grand Mother.”

5.           Hopkins, “Gods Graceful.”


6.           Moli Nissani, ” Two Longterm Problems”.

7.           Marslma Traught, ” The children Who Wait”.

8.           Martin Luther King. “I have a Dream”.

9.           Ilene Kartrov, “Women’s Business”.

10.         Lilaa M and Berry, C Bishop, “Hurried to Avoid a Bad Star”.

11.         Germaine Grear, ” A Child is Born”.


12          Poe. “The Tell – Tale Heart”.

13.         Dylan Thomas, ” A Story”.

14.         James Joyce, “The Boarding House

15.         G. Garcia Marquez. “The Last Voyage of the Ghost ship”

16.         Chekhov, “About Love”.

17.         Brother’s Grim, ” Hansel and Gretel” and its variations.


18.         W.B. Yeats, “Purgatory”.

Evaluation Scheme:

              This paper contains 100 marks, which will be divided as follows:

              –             Core English                                                  –             60%

              –             Extensive Reading and Writing  –             40%

              Skill wise the weightable will be as follows:

              –             Reading                                                         –             40%

              –             Writing                                            –             40%

              Grammar and language use                                    –             20%

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Prescribed Texts

1.           Doff, Adriam. Chirstopher Jones, Keith Mitchell, Meaning into words (upper Intermediate) Student’s Book.  Cambridge.  Cambridge University Press. 1984.

2.           Meaning into words (workbook) Cambridge.  Cambridge University Press.

3.           Lohani, Adhikari and Subedi, The Heritage of Words Kathmandu, 1998.

4.           Swan, Michael. “Basic English Usage” OUP.

Reference Books:

1.           One of the following dictionaries

              a)           Cambridge International Dictionary of English. Cambridge C.U.P. 1995

              b)           Collins COBUILD English Dictionary (New Edition). London: Harper Collins, 1995

c)           Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English (Third Edition) Harlow: Longman Group. 1995.

d)           Oxford Advanced Learner’s Dictionary (5th edition). Oxford. O.U.P. 1996.

2.           Swan, Michael; Basic English Usage.  Oxford: O.U.P. 1984.

3.           Doff, Adrian, Christopher Jones, Keith Mitchell, Meaning into Words (Upper Intermediate) teacher’s Book.

4.           Meaning into Words (upper – Intermediate) carsette (student’s book).  Cambridge:  Cambridge University Press, 1984.

5.           Meaning into Words. (Upper – Intermediate) Carsette (Drills). 1984.


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