An Approach to ICSE English provides a platform to contribute, discuss and comment on the various issues related to the study and practice of English for the students and teachers of ICSE syllabus. Even with its focussed nature, An Approach to ICSE English will be beneficial to everyone involved in the learning the niceties of the English language.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

An Approach to ICSE English: Format of an Email

An Approach to ICSE English: Format of an Email: Format of an Email To:          Use a complete probable email id                               (For example,

Format of an Email

Format of an Email

To:          Use a complete probable email id
                              (For example,

Subject:                 (The subject should be suitable to the given topic)

                             Opening sentence
Content                Message                                                                                                                                                Closing sentence

Subscription    Full Name/Designation                                                                   

When writing an Official Email, the following points should be noted
@    Use a formal tone or style
@    Convey the message in clear and simple language
@    Avoid short forms such as LOL/ ROFL or SMS vocabulary and spelling like u r gr8
@    Follow the conventional rules of punctuation
@    Use of Capital Letters carefully
(In general, writing a word all in Capital Letters is considered rude)
@    Follow the of Netiquette

Netiquette is a term used to indicate Internet etiquette, courtesy and consideration for others using shared services, mailing lists, and so on.

ICSE 2017 English I Practice Test

ICSE 2017 English I Practice Test
Question 1
Recently, you went to a restaurant for dinner and there you saw a renowned personality. You had an opportunity of spending some moments with him or her. Write a letter to your friend, giving a brief account of your memorable interaction.   [10]
Question 2
Join the following sentences to make one complete sentence without using and, but or so.
i) There was little hope of success. They decided to perform the operation.
ii) Tom qualified for the finals. Brown qualified for the finals.               [ 2]
Question 3
Fill in each of the numbered blanks with the correct form of the word given in brackets. Do not copy the passage.
Robert (1) …..(fly) into house and retuned in five seconds (2) ….. (hold) a powerful rifle and ramming a cartilage into the breech. Mdhisho was yelling. “ The lion (3) …..(take) the wife of the cook and is eating her and the cook (4) …..( (be) chasing the lion and trying (5) …. (save) his wife.” As we came running round the corner, we (6) …..(see) four or five houseboys leaping about.         [3]
Question 4
Re-write the following sentences according to the instructions given after each. Make other changes that may be necessary, but do not change the meaning of each sentence.
i. They have pulled down the old building.
(Begin: The old building…...)
ii. Though he was young, he fought valiantly. 
(Use ‘as’ instead of ‘though’)
iii. As soon as he gets money, he spends it. 
(Begin: No sooner …...)
iv. He ran too quickly for me to catch him. 
(Rewrite using ‘so....that.)
v. If you do not put some oil on the hinge, it will squeak.
(Begin: Unless…...)
vi. Put on your warm clothes, otherwise you will catch a chill. 
(Use ‘lest’ instead of ‘otherwise’.)
vii. Although he has a car, he often goes to the office by bus. 
(Change into a simple sentence using ‘In spite of ’.)
viii. As soon as they began to speak, they heard a loud knock at the door.
(Begin: Scarcely…...)
ix. It is better to starve than to beg.
(Begin: Starving…...) 
x. They made Newton President of the Royal Society. 
(Change the Voice.)                     [10]

Thursday, 17 August 2017

Practice Test: Poem The Heart of the Tree

Practice Test: Poem The Heart of the Tree
Time: One hour              (All questions carry equal marks)          Maximum Marks: 25

Question 1
Read the extract given and answer the questions that follow:
For song and mother-croon of bird
In hushed and happy twilight heard—
The treble of heaven’s harmony—
These things he plants who plants a tree.

(a) Explain: mother-croon of bird
(b) What is heaven’s harmony?
(c) What are the things planted by he plants who plants a tree?
(d) What is the structure of each stanza? How does enhance the effect of the poem?
(e) How does the poem bring out the importance of trees to human life?

Question 2
Read the extract given and answer the questions that follow:
What does he plant who plants a tree?
He plants, in sap and leaf and wood,
In love of home and loyalty
And far-cast thought of civic good—

(a) Explain: , in sap and leaf and wood
(b) Give the meaning of
a. far-cast thought
b. civic good
(c) Explain any two examples of figures of speech used in the poem.
(d) What are the motivations that make man to plant a tree?
(e) Comment on the relevance of the theme of the poem in contemporary world.