Spanish 106 Syllabus - Fall 2010Spanish 106 is designed for students who have completed Spanish 105 at our university. The course objectives are to continue to develop speaking and listening proficiency, expand mastery of grammar and vocabulary, introduce reading and writing of various types of texts, and deepen understanding of and appreciation for Hispanic cultures.If you are not sure if this is the course you should be in, please take BYU’s placement exam by going to . Then choose Brigham Young University (BYU) from the menu. The password is cougars1. The test will give you a score and recommend which course to take. Your instructor is also a good resource for help deciding which course to enroll in. Required texts:Fuentes: Conversación y gramática (4th ed.); Fuentes: Lectura y redacción(4th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin.Fuentes: Online access for Workbook and Lab Manual; FuentesLab Audio CDsRecommended:Bilingual Spanish/English DictionaryAttendance:Learning a foreign language, like learning to play the piano or to play tennis, requires practice, and the bulk of that practice occurs in class. For that reason, attendance will play a role in your final course grade. You are allowed five absences for whatever reason (excused or otherwise) without any penalty to your grade. In addition to these five absences, you may make up a maximum of threeadditional absences by attending another section of 106 within five days of the missed classes and obtaining a note from the instructor verifying your attendance and participation. Each absence beyond five that is not made up will result in 1 percentage point being deducted from your final grade. Arriving more than 10 minutes late or leaving more than 10 minutes early constitutes an absence. If you anticipate missing much more than five class periods, you may do better to wait and take the class at a later date when you are able to participate more fully.Preparation and participation:Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the assigned material and actively participate. Reading the grammar explanations, articles, and short stories in the textbook prior to class as indicated in the syllabus will allow the majority of class time to be devoted to practice and communicative activities. In order to facilitate class participation, no laptop computers will be permitted in class.Please be courteous about use of cell phones. Grading:Grades will be calculated based on the percentage you earn of the total possible points (93% = A, 90% = A-, 87% = B+, 83% = B, 80% = B-, 77 % = C+, 73% = C, 70% = C-, 67% = D+, 63% = D, 60% = D-, 59% and below = E). Grades will be based on the following approximate breakdown (the percentages correspond to the total number of points possible in each category):Workbook and Lab Manual15%Laboratorio de Conversación10%Pruebas de lectura (12)10%Redacciones (3)10%Actividades culturales15%Exámenes (5) 25%Examen Final15%Each of these categories is explained below.