December 2009

CBSE Class 12th (English Core), Test 1

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Time allowed: 3 hrs.
Maximum Marks: 100

General Instructions:

  1. This paper is divided into three sections — A, B and C. All the sections are compulsory.
  2. Separate instructions are given with each section and question wherever necessary. Read these instructions very carefully and follow them faithfully.
  3. Do not exceed the word limit wherever given while answering the questions.


A 1. Read the following passage carefully and answer the questions that follow: (12 marks)

  1. CURITIBA, a relatively unknown city in Brazil, is a model of good urban planning. To arrest the city’s degeneration, the Mayor sponsored a contest for an integrated town plan, debated the best entries from the residents and finalized a progressive plan.

  2. The slums were relocated with productive employment; illegal buildings gave way to legal and modern architectural houses; sidewalks, and bike paths were constructed; an integrated transport system was adopted, and trees were planted everywhere. Citizens volunteered for the betterment and collection of taxes to fund the upgradation process.

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Spoken English: A Foundation Course (Part 1 & 2)

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Kamlesh Sadanand & Susheela
Spoken English: A Foundation
Course (Part 1&2).
New Delhi: Orient Longman Pvt. Ltd,
2008, Price Rs. 275.
By: Kamlesh Sadanand & Susheela Punita.BR_spoken_english
New Delhi: Orient Longman Pvt. Ltd, 2008
Price: Rs.275.00

Course is a set of two books with one audio CD with each book. The books, in the words of the authors, have been specially designed for students who ‘have have had a regional language as the medium of instruction at school and who have had little or no exposure to spoken English.’ The course proposes to help average Hindi speaking students at the intermediate and undergraduate levels and prepare them to be at par in the speaking skills with those who come through English medium schools. Read More »Spoken English: A Foundation Course (Part 1 & 2)


The Story of English in India

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By: N.Krishnaswamy and Lalitha
New Delhi, India: Foundation
Books Pvt.Ltd., Cambridge House
Pp vii+227

BR_story_of_englishBy: N.Krishnaswamy and Lalitha Krishnaswamy

New Delhi, India: Foundation, Books Pvt.Ltd., Cambridge House, 2006.

Pp vii+227

In The Story of English in India, Krishnaswamy and Krishnaswamy survey the complete panorama of the journey of English through the annals of India’s history. The survey runs through all the foreign influences on Indian culture, begins with the Aryans who came to India around the second millennium B.C. and ends at the globalisation phase of contemporary Indian society.

According to the authors, “The book outlines the growth and development of English in India, with a view to redefining the aims and goals of teaching English in post-independence India”. (p.v) It is divided into five chapters. Read More »The Story of English in India