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English for HSC Examination

                               HSC 2023 FULL SYLLABUS

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English 1st Paper

                                     Marks Distribution for HSC English 1st paper

                                                    (Only for the year 2023)
                                             Total-    100  Subject Code-107

 

Test item                                                           Marks
Part 1: Reading (60 Marks)    

  1. Multiple choice questions                          .5×10  = 05

  2. Short answer questions                            3×5 =    15

  3. Information transfer/flow chart                  1×5 =    05

  4. Summary writing                                       1 ×10  = 10

  5. Cloze test with clues (unseen)                  .5 ×10  = 05

  6. Cloze test without clues (unseen)            1× 10  = 10

  7. Rearranging (unseen)                               10

Part 2: Guided Writing (40 Marks)    


8.Interpreting graph/chart                                15


9.Story Writing                                                 15


10.Informal letter                                              10

 

                                           Marks Distribution for HSC English 2nd paper

                                                            (only for the year 2023)
                                                    Subject Code - 108      
Total-    100

    Test Item/s                                                                                                            Marks
   Part A: Grammar (60 marks)    

1    Gap filling activities without clues (for prepositions)                                                                      .0.5x10=05
2    Gap filling activities with clues (special uses: was born, have to/has to, would rather, had better, let alone, as soon as, what’s…like, what does…look like, introductory ‘there’ or ‘it’)                                                0.5×10=05
3    Completing sentences (with clauses/ phrases)                                                                             10×1= 10
4    Use of verbs (right form of verbs and subject-verb agreement as per context)                             0.5×14=7
5    Narrative style (direct to indirect and vice versa)                                                                            7
6    Use of modifiers                                                                                                                             0.5×10=5
7    Use of sentence connectors                                                                                                           0.5×14=7
8    Use of synonym and antonym                                                                                                       0.5×14=7
9    Punctuation                                                                                                                                    0.5×14=7
   Part-B: Composition (40 marks)    
10    Formal letter writing/Gmail                                                                                                           10
11    Writing paragraph (by listing/ description) within 200 words                                                        15
 

12    Writing paragraph (comparison and contrast/ cause and effect) within 200 words.                     15

                                                                  HSC Examination-2023

                                                 English 1st Paper

 

How to approach questions in English 1st paper and get good score

                 Marks Distribution for HSC English 1st paper

                                                    (Only for the year 2023)
                                             Total-    100  Subject Code-107

 

Test item                                                           Marks
Part 1: Reading (60 Marks)    

  1. Multiple choice questions                          .5×10  = 05

  2. Short answer questions                            3×5 =    15

  3. Information transfer/flow chart                  1×5 =    05

  4. Summary writing                                       1 ×10  = 10

  5. Cloze test with clues (unseen)                  .5 ×10  = 05

  6. Cloze test without clues (unseen)            1× 10  = 10

  7. Rearranging (unseen)                               10

Part 2: Guided Writing (40 Marks)    


8.Interpreting graph/chart                                15


9.Story Writing                                                 15


10.Informal letter                                              10

Question-1 A -Multiple Choice Question

Strategies:

  1. Read the passage very carefully ( 2 times).

  2. Locate the answer of the questions in the given passage and underline the key words.

  3. Choose the answers in the light of the given text.

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-1”

  2. Then Write letter, number of the option then the word or phrase of the chosen option

  3. (a)(iv) people to go abroad

Question -1-B Short Answer Question

Strategies:

  1. At first locate the answers in the text.

  2. Then write the answer according to the text.

  3. Try to paraphrase ( re-write in your own words) the information given in the text.

  4. You should not add any piece of information from outside of the given passage.

  5. Try to write at least two sentences for each answer.

 

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-1-B

after finishing the first answer then write “

(b)……………………………………….. Etc

 

Question 2 Information Transfer/Flow Chart

Strategies:

  1. Read the given passage very carefully (2 times)

  2. Read the table with gaps carefully

  3. Locate the answer in the passage

  4. Take the words from the passage to fill in the blanks and see whether the completed sentence make sense or not.

  5. See whether the sentences make sense and grammatically correct.

  6. Give special attention to first row of the table

  7. If you are sure, write the final answer.

How to write answer:

Write “Answer to the Question No-2”

You can write like-

(i) …..

(ii) …..

(iii) ……

 Flow Chart

A flowchart is essentially a visual representation of data, presented in the form of a picture with various information elements. Flowcharts can come in different types, such as a graph chart or a pie chart. Regardless of the type, each information element is represented in the form of shapes in the chart. Since flowcharts are data-rich, it is important to pay attention to the information presented in the flowchart.

Flowcharts contain various indicators on the left, right, or bottom side. These indicators are highlighted with different colors or shades in the flowchart to indicate specific meanings. Similarly, the same colors or shades are incorporated into the flowchart to convey the intended message. To describe or explain a flowchart, all the scales need to be considered in terms of quantity or measurement. Even without a scale, an approximate number can be assumed based on visual estimation.

 

For Flow Chart, first of all, the students should choose the objectives of a flow chart. The next thing to do is to decide on the start and end points. Once that is decided the students should break it down into multiple flows. While drawing, the students should keep it in their mind that a flow chart should be as simple as possible so that the readers make sense of the complex patterns and forces. For the sake of simplicity, detailed information is kept to a minimum leaving a framework upon which readers can later attach details as the patterns of events become clear. However, each flowchart's design is also determined by the nature of the text.

 

Now, let's move on to describing a flowchart. To start, it is essential to understand what is being asked or what needs to be described. Only the information specifically mentioned in the flowchart should be written. In the description of the flowchart, begin by stating: "This description or information is presenting exactly what is mentioned in the question," or by merging the question's sentence into the first sentence. This way, we can clearly present the information and help visualize the data in the flowchart.

 

Rules of Flow Chart

  1. At first give a title.

  2. Use 6 (six) rectangular/square boxes including the given box.

  3. Boxes can be horizontal or vertical.

  4. Use arrow sign between two boxes.

  5. Use numeric letters serially in each box.

  6. Start points with capital letters.

  7. Start points according to the given box in the question.

 

 

 

 

Question 3 Summary Writing

Strategies:

  1. Read the given text very carefully. ( at least 2 times)

  2. Write only the key points in your own words.

  3. Don’t add any information from outside.

  4. Usually, examples and explanation are not written in summary.

  5. Summary must be written in one paragraph.

  6. Use impersonal tone in summary (don’t use I , we, you….)

  7. Write as many words as mentioned in the question; if number of words is not mentioned write one third of the given passage.

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-3”

  2. Write the summary

 

 

 

Question 4 Coze Test With Clues

Strategies:

  1. Read the give clues very carefully

  2. Read the given text at least 2 times

  3. Write the answers

  4. Re-read the sentences to see whether your words sound reasonable in the contxt

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-4”

  2. You can write like-

(a) happen

(b) see

(c) amazing

 

 

Question 5 Coze Test Without Clues

Strategies:

  1. Read the given text very carefully. (at least 2 times)

  2. Write the answers

  3. Re-read the sentences to see whether your words sound reasonable in the contxt

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-5”

  2. You can write like-

(a) happen

(b) see

(c) amazing

 

Question 6 Rearranging

Strategies:

  1. Read the story/text very carefully (2 times)

  2. Arrange the sentences roughly ( you can use pencil)

  3. See whether the arrangement seems a coherent one or not.

  4. If you are sure, write the final answer.

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-6”

 

Answer: (iii)→(ix)→(i)→(vi)→(vii)→(iv)→(ii)→(x)→ (v)→(viii)

 Then write the whole story like this:

Khan Jahan Ali was a philanthropic man. He came to Bagerhat to preach Islam and to promote the plight of common people. He found Bagerhat beset with many problems. The scarcity of drinking water is one of them. As Bagerhat is near the Bay of Bengal, the water is usually saline. He, therefore, excavated many tanks to provide fresh water to the people. Gora Dighi is one of them. Thus he redressed the problem of drinking water. His memory will never be sunk into oblivion. The people of Bagerhat remember him with respect.

 

 

Question 7 Describing Graph

Strategies:

  1. Start writing the paragraph from the beginning of the page.

  2. Keep reasonable margin at all sides

  3. Don’t need to write heading /title

  4. Study the graph meticulously

  5. Write the answer in three to four paragraphs

  6. Never add extra information what is not mentioned in the graph.

  7. Write as many words as mentioned in the question if number of words is not mentioned write according to your allotment of time.

  8. Maintain the key writing techniques for describing graph- Introduction, Overview, Detail trend, Conclusion.

 

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-7”

  2. Write answer keeping equal space on both sides.

 

 

 

Question 8 Story Writing

Strategies:

  1. Read the given prompt very carefully.

  2. Make a plan for your writing.

  3. Classic/Traditional story should be completed in a traditional way. ( e.g. The hare and the tortoise)

  4. Creative story can be completed in your own way.

  5. Write as many words as mentioned in the question; if number of words is not mentioned write according to your allotment of time.

 

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-8”

  2. Must write Title/ heading

  3. Write the given prompt and complete the story

  4. Write the moral of the story in one sentence in separate paragraph.

 

Question 9 Informal Letters/Email Writing

Strategies:

  1. Read the given prompt very carefully.

  2. Make a plan for your writing.

  3. Write as many words as mentioned in the question; if number of words is not mentioned write according to your allotment of time.

 

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-9”

  2. For Email You can write like this:

To: mim@yahoo.com

Subject: describing the importance of physical exercise.

Dear….,

                     HSC Examination-2023

                          English 2nd Paper

 

How to approach questions in English 2nd  paper and get good score

Question-1 Preposition- Gap Filling Activities

Question -2 Gap Filling Activities ( Special of some phrases)

Question-3 Completing Sentences

Question 4 Use of Verbs

Question 5 Narrative Style

Question 6 Sentence Connectors

Question 7 Formal Letter (Application)

Question 8 Writing Paragraph

 

 

 

 

Question-1 Preposition- Gap Filling Activities

Strategies:

  1. Read the passage very carefully ( 2 times).

  2. After writing the answers , examine whether the preposition sounds correct in the given gap .

  3. Remember that most of them might be appropriate preposition.

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-1”

  2. Always write the answers downward.

  3. You can write like-

(a)on

(b) to

(c) at

……

Question -2 Gap Filling Activities ( Special of some phrases)

Strategies:

  1. At first read the options very carefully.

  2. Try to determine which option will fit in the specific gaps

  3. One word/phrase is used once only

  4. After writing the answers , examine whether the preposition sounds correct in the given gap

  5. .Write only the answers

 

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-2”

  2. Write only the answers.

  3. Always write the answers downward.

  4. You can write like-

(a)have to

(b) what’s it like

(c) let alone

……

 

Question-3 Completing Sentences

Strategies:

  1. Read all sentences from the beginning to the last.

  2. Determine the topic or subject matter of the exercise.

  3. Complete the sentences using preferably a clause or phrase according to the context.

  4. Read the completed sentences again to see whether they make sense or not.

 

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-3”

  2. Write the sentence which you are to complete.

  3. Underline the portion that you have written.

  4. You can write like-

(a) If we drink arsenic polluted water, we are sure to fall sick.
(b) Surface water is safe when it is boiled.
(c) Pond water is not safe as different types of filthy things are mixed with it.

 

 

Question 4 Use of Verbs

Strategies:

  1. Read the given text very carefully. (at least 2 times).

  2. Determine the tense of the passage and write the appropriate form of the verbs.

  3. Write the answers

  4. Re-read the passage using the form of the verbs to see whether your words sound reasonable in the context

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-4”

  2. Write only the answers.

  3. Always write the answers downward.

  4. You can write like-

(a) happened

(b) has been being done

(c) will be doing

 

Question 5 Narrative Style

Strategies:

  1. Read the passage very carefully (2 times).

  2. Determine the speaker, the person spoken to and tense  and person of the given text.

  3. Write the answer accordingly.

  4. Put the inverted comma according to rule if you are to convert indirect to direct.

  5. Read your full answer .

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-5”

  2. You can write your answer like this:

Answer: The ticket seller asked the stranger respectfully where he (S) liked to go. The stranger replied that he (S) liked to go to Cox's Bazar. The ticket seller asked the stranger how many tickets he (S) needed. He (S) replied that he (S) would buy five tickets. The ticket seller told him (S) to take those tickets. He (T) added that they would cost three thousand taka.

 

Question 6 Sentence Connectors

Strategies:

  1. At first read the passage with gaps very carefully.

  2. Try to determine the topic and sequence of the actions.

  3. You may use one connector twice.

  4. After writing the answers, examine whether the connector sounds correct in the given gap

  5. Write only the answers.

  6. Remember, connectors are easy but confusing.

 

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-6”

  2. Write only the answers.

  3. You can write like-

(a) In fact

(b) But

(c) Rather

 

Question 7 Formal Letter (Application) (Making complaints and seeking information only)

Strategies:

  1. Read the given text very carefully. ( at least 2 times)

  2. Underline the key words of the application.

  3. Start writing from the beginning of the page.

  4. Don’t write overleaf.

  5. Always use formal language in application.

  6. Use formal tone and academic vocabulary.

  7.  

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-7”

  2. Write the application starting from the beginning of the page.

  3. You can use small hand writing to accommodate more words.

 

Question 8 Writing Paragraph (Comparison/contrast, Cause and Effects)

Strategies:

  1. Start writing the paragraph from the beginning of the page.

  2. Keep reasonable margin in all sides

  3. Must write the Name of the paragraph (heading/title)

  4. Never write more than one paragraph.

  5. Write as many words as mentioned in the question( usually 200 words)  if number of words is not mentioned write according to your allotment of time.

  6. Students usually write paragraph 1-3 pages.

  7. Maintain the key writing techniques for paragraph- stater, developer and concluding remark.

 

How to write answer:

  1. Write “Answer to the Question No-8”

  2. Write the name of the paragraph keeping equal space on both sides.

  3. Write the paragraph

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