TRB TET B.T Assistant Syllabus - English



Unit I: Social History of England

1. Medieval Period to Restoration

a) Feudalism
b) Church during the age of Chaucer
c) Monasteries
d) Renaissance
e) Reformation
f) The Puritan War
g) Colonial Expansion
h) Social Life during the Restoration Period

2. The Romantic Period to the Modern Age

a) American War of Independence
b) French Revolution
c) Agriculture Revolution
d) Industrial Revolution
e) Reform Bills
f) Victorian England: Issues and Problems
g) Reform Bills
h) Colonial Expansions of Britain
i) Pre-war and post-war Britain
j) Labour Movement
k) Welfare State.

Unit II: History of English Literature

1. Chaucer to Renaissance

a) Beginnings of Drama
b) Shakespeare and his Contemporaries
c) Elizabethan Prose and Poetry

2. Milton to the Eighteenth Century

a) Milton
b) Restoration Drama
c) Poetry during the Restoration Period
d) Contributions of Dryden & Pope
e) Periodical Essay
f) Beginnings of the Novel
g) Dr. Johnson
h) Goldsmith
i) Precursors to the Romantic Movement

3. The Romantic Period to the Modern Age

a) The Great Romantics : Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Byron and Coleridge
b) Charles Lamb and Wiliam Hazlitt
c) Victorian Prose, Poetry and Novel
d) Pre-war Literature
e) The Movement Poets
f) Georgian Poetry
g) Eliot, Yeats, Auden,
h) Trends in Modern Poetry
i) Trends in Modern English Novel.
j) Development of the Short Story

Unit III: British Literature


John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book I
The following selections from THE WINGED WORD Edited by David Green(Macmillan, Madras)
1) Shakespeare, Sonnet No.60
2) John Donne. ‘A Hymn to God the Father’
3) John Dryden, ‘A Song for St. Cecilia’s Day’
4) Alexander Pope, from ‘An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot’
5) Thomas Gray, ‘Hymn to adversity’
6) William Wordsworth, ‘Tintern Abbey’
7) P.B. Shelly, ‘Hymn to intellectual Beauty’
8) John Keats, ‘Bright Star’.
9) John Keats. ‘Ode to a Nightingale’
10) Elizabeth Barret Browning, ‘How Do I Love Thee?’
11) Alfred, Lord Tennyson, ‘Break, break, break’
12) Mathew Arnold, ‘Shakespeare’
13) D.G. Rossetti, ‘The Blessed Damozel’
14) A.C. Swinburne, ‘Before the Beginning of the Year’
15) G.M. Hopkins. ‘God’s Grandeur’
16) Robert Bridges, ‘Nightingales’
17) Francis Thompson. ‘The Hound of Heaven’
18) W.B. Yeats. ‘Easter 1916’
19) T.S. Eliot, ‘Preludes’
20) Robert Graves, ‘Warning to Children’
21) W.H. Auden, ‘The Unknown Citizen’
22) Philip Larkin. ‘Wants’


1) Bacon, ‘Of Truth’
2) Johnson, Preface to Shakespeare
3) Addison & Steele - Coverley Papers (Essays 1,2 & 3)
4) Lamb, ‘Dream Children’
5) Hazlitt, ‘Going on a Journey’
6) Arnold, ‘Study of Poetry’
7) Elliot, ‘Tradition and Individual Talent’
8) Orwell, ‘Shooting an Elephant’
9) Chesterton, ‘On Running after One’s Hat’


1) Christopher Marlowe, Edward II
2) Ben Jonson, Volpone
3) R.B. Sheridan, The School For Scandal
4) Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion
5) Oscar, Wilde, The Importance Of Being Earnest
6) J. Osborne, Look Back In Anger


1) Jane Austen, Price And Prejudice
2) Walter Scott, Kenilworth
3) Charles Dickens, Hard Times
4) Goldsmith, The Vicar of the Wakefield
5) Joseph Conrad, Lord Jim
6) D.H. Lawrence, Sons and Lovers

Unit IV: Shakespeare

1) Twelfth Night
2) Macbeth
3) Henry V
4) The Tempest

Unit V: American Literature


The following poems from American Literature: An Anthology of Poems Edited by C. Subbian (Emerald, Madras)
1) Emerson, ‘Hamatreya’
2) Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Raven’
3) Robert Frost, ‘The Road not Taken’
4) Robinson Jeffers, ‘Science’
5) Wallace Stevens, ‘Anecdote of the Jar’
6) Theodore Roethke, ‘The Meadow Mouse’
7) Emily Dickinson, ‘Wait Till the Majesty of Death’
8) E.A. Robinson, ‘Reuben Bright’
9) Robert Frost. ‘Mending Wall’
10) Carl Sandburg. ‘Chicago’
11) John Crowe Ransome, ‘Blue Girls’
12) Archibald Macleish, ‘Ars Poetica’


1) Emerson, ‘Shakespeare: Or the Poet’
2) Thoreau, ‘Civil Disobediance’
3) Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Philosophy of Composition’.
4) Abraham Lincoln, ‘Gettysberg Speech’.
5) Martin Luther King Jr, ‘I Have a Dream’


1) Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman.
2) Tennessee Williams, The Glass Menagerie.


1) Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
2) Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea.
Unit VI: Indian Writing in English


Indo English Poetry: A Selection Edited by S. Jeevanagarathinam (Emerald, Madras).
1) Henry L. Derozio, ‘The Harp of India’
3) Sri Aurobindo, ‘Transformation’
4) Rabindranath Tagore, ‘The child’
5) Kamala Das. ‘Punishment in Kindergarten’.
6) A.K. Ramanujam, ‘Obituary’
7) R. Parthasarathy, ‘Under Another Sky’
8) Sarojini Naidu, ‘The Queen’s Rival’
9) Humayun Kabir, ‘Trains’
10) V.K. Gokak, ‘English Words’
11) Nizzim Ezekiel, ‘Happening’
12) Gieve Patel, ‘Servants’


A. Representative Selection from Indian Prose Edited by S.P. Appasamy and C.D.Govinda Rao. (Macmillan, Madras).
1) Swami Vivekananda, ‘To Madras Disciples’
2) Mahatma Gandhi, ‘Some Reminiscences of the Bar’
3) V.S. Srinivasa Sastri, ‘The Joy of Freedom’
4) Jawaharlal Nehru, ‘Ashoka - Beloved of the Gods’
5) Dr. S. Radhakrishnan, ‘An Ideal Before of Youth’
B. Selections from Picador Book of Modern Indian Literature. Ed.Amit Chaudhuri.
1) Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, ‘A Popular Literature for Bengal’
2) Premchand, ‘The Chess Players’
3) U.R.Ananthamurthy, ‘A Horse for the Sun’
4) Ambai, ‘Gift’


1) Rabindranath Tagore : Chandalika
2) Vijay Tendulkar, Silence : The Court is in Session
3) Girish Karnard, Hayavadhana


1) Mulk Raj Anand, Two Leaves and a Bud.
2) R.K. Narayan, The English Teacher.
3) Raja Rao, The Serpent and the Rope
4) Anitha Desai, Cry, the Peacock
5) Arundhathi Roy, The God of Small Things

Unit VII: Literary Forms

1) Tragedy
2) Comedy
3) Satire
4) Drama
5) Novel
6) Short Story
7) Essay
8) One-act Play
9) Biography
10) Autobiography
11) Farce
12) Epic
13) Ballad
14) Lyric
15) Ode
16) Sonnet
17) Elegy
18) English Prosody.

Unit VIII: Language and Linguistics

A. History of the English Language

1) English as a member of the Indo-European Family, including Grimm’s Law and Verner’s Law and the Teutonic Accent
2) Landmarks in the History of the English: Old English, Middle English and Modern English.
3) Foreign influences on English (a) Greek, (b) Latin, (c) Scandinavian, (d) French and (e) Non-Indo-European.
4) Makers of English: (a) The Bible Translators, (b) Shakespeare, (c) Spenser, (d) Milton.
5) The Great Vowel Shift
6) Dictionaries in English
7) The General Character of English, and English today.

Books for Reference
1. The English Language – by C.L. Wrenn
2. An Outline History of the English Language - by F.T. Wood
3. A History of the English Language – by A.C. Bauah

B. Linguistics

1) What is Language?
2) Spoken and Written Language
3) Cardinal Vowels
4) English Vowels and Consonents
5) Phonems and Morphemes
6) Articulation
7) Stress and Intonation

Book for Reference
Language and Linguistics – by J.F.Wallwork

C. Grammar

1) Traditional Grmmar
2) Structural Linguistics
3) T.G. Grammar

Book for Reference
Grammar – by Frank Palmer

D. Use of English

Identification of Grammatical Errors

Books for Reference
1. Examine your English
2. Common Mistakes in English
- both published by Oriental Longman