Modern Languages and Literatures, Department of


Date of this Version



Foreign Language Annals 16:1 (February 1983), pp. 45–51.

doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1983.tb01423.x


Copyright © 1983 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages; published by Wiley. Used by permission.


Although the visual arts have long been a feature of civilization courses, instructors do not always exploit their full potential. This paper presents a checklist to help teachers identify the relevant aspects of the arts for study. Its goal is to facilitate comprehensive treatment of works of art by focusing on three areas: the aesthetic dimension, the social context, and the artist’s own experience. The checklist is followed by a series of activities which encourage students to integrate the various aspects of the arts while practicing their language skills.