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Debbie Rusch
Department of Romance Languages and Literatures
· 304 Lyons Hall · Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue · Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Web, Art-Based Activities:

French and Spanish

Gilot (French painter, muse of Picasso, mother of Paloma and Claude, site in English)

NOTE: This site contains a link to one of the most extensive Picasso sites on the Internet.

French, Italian, and Spanish

Caravaggio and baroque painting in France, Italy, and Spain.

NOTE: Activities are written for students of French, Italian, and Spanish at four different levels and are appropriate for students from middle school to college levels.

Chagall (student pages)

Page for instructors

La peinture et le surréalisme en France


Diego Rivera

Roberto Matta y el Surrealismo

Mayas, Aztecs, and Incas - Ancient American Art at the MFA

Page for instructors
Web, Film-Based Activities:
The following contain links to activities to accompany feature films in French, Italian, and Spanish.


Les Misérables (with Jean-Paul Belmondo)

Rue Cases Nègres

Marius et Jeannette


El crimen ferpecto (Please note that ferpecto is the correct spelling in the title. In English, this movie is called The Perfect Crime.)

Bodas de sangre

La historia oficial (Site in English, some links in Spanish)

El norte Note: contains strong language, but frequently shown in high schools

Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios

Visual Grammar:
These sites contain a wealth of activities to teach and practice narration in the past through the use of video clips made by the authors of the sites. The activities follow a logical progression and culminate with narrating scenes from a feature film. The feature film clips are not included on the website.
French Film used - Amélie.

Spanish Film used - Los niños invisibles.

Italian (no film)

French Literature

Fiche de lecture:
Questions to be answered by students while they read works of literature. These serve to help guide students while reading and thus increase comprehension.

Une si longue lettre a novel by the Senegalese author Mariama Bâ.

La Rue Cases-Nègres a novel by Joseph Zobel.

La Guerre de Troie n'aura pas lieu a play by Jean Giraudoux

La poésie:

Poésie des Antilles françaises poetry by a variety of writers from the French Caribbean

French Music Activities:

La corrida a song by Francis Cabrel