Syllabus of Kerala PSC High School Assistant [HSA] English Examination.
The two hour examination carries 100 marks and will be of degree level. The topics included in the syllabus are English Literature, Literary Criticism, Teaching Aptitude, and Methodology.
Literature from Chaucer to the Modern period - poetry, drama, and novel of various periods- important literary trends, movements and literary figures.
Literary terms and devices - eminent critics - their contribution to criticism - concepts, theories - critical thinkers.
History of Language
Family of language - growth of vocabulary - middle English period - modern English period - phonetics.
Part I Section of the question paper carries 75 marks, which means major portion of the questions will be from the Literature section. It comprises 30 objective questions of one mark each, followed by descriptive questions. All questions are compulsory.
Methodology of teaching English will be an important topic for the examination. Importance of English in India, English as a second language, various teaching methods and their merits and demerits, measurement and evaluation, objective questions, unit planning and annual planning, teaching aids, qualities of an ideal English teacher, teaching psychology etc will be covered under this section. Questions from teaching aptitude is also included. This section comprises of ten objective questions and descriptive questions that carries 25 marks.
A teacher of English must have thorough knowledge of grammar. He/She is expected to teach grammar as part of his/her profession. Therefore awareness and depth in English grammar is necessary.