Introduction to Secondary Level Curriculum Nepal [NEB]
The secondary level curriculum has been revised and developed with the objectives of the National Curriculum Framework for School Education, 2076 BS. English, as an international language, is widely used in education, mass media, information and communication technology (ICT), business, tourism, science, medicine and many other disciplines. Proficiency in English is seen as the key to accessing the educational, technical and knowledge resources that modern society depends on.
Motivation to learn English is widespread in Nepal and the popularity of the language is ever-increasing. Thus, English is taught as a compulsory subject not only in school but also in almost all the undergraduate programmes at the university level. In view of this many schools have even been using English as the medium of instruction.
This curriculum has been revised and developed in line with the aims and objectives of the National Curriculum Framework for School Education, 2076 BS. Efforts have been made to incorporate recent trends and contemporary issues in the field of language learning and teaching. All four language skills are adequately addressed. The development of grammatical competence is one of the vital components of this curriculum and is thus given due consideration, with the learners being expected to be able to communicate with confidence in the English language. This curriculum aims at enabling students to communicate their ideas in English. It also aims to expose students to the vast treasure of knowledge available in both written and spoken English. Competencies and learning outcomes appropriate to level and grade, language functions, the learning facilitation process and assessment procedures are systematically organized in the curriculum.
By the end of Grade 10, students are expected to have achieved the following competencies:
a. Listen and respond to a variety of spoken English with reasonable accuracy, fluency and coherence;
b. Understand the main points and extract essential information from clear standard speech;
c. Communicate with reasonable accuracy and confidence on familiar topics;
d. Read a variety of texts for information and understanding;
e. Read short literary texts for pleasure and understanding;
f. Demonstrate a good control of vocabulary to express communicative needs;
g. Creatively produce a variety of texts for personal, academic and functional purposes;
h. Convey information and ideas on concrete as well as abstract notions in written and spoken form; and
i. Use e-resources to boost their learning and enhance language skills.
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