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An American In Paris
1/2" VHS color videocassette of 1951
Winner of 6 Academy Awards, this musical film introduces Jerry Mulligan, a WWII expatriate trying to make a living as a painter in Paris. While navigating his career, he falls in love with a young Parisian, Lise. However, he is oblivious to the feelings of his patron, Milo.
In English
1 hour 55 minutes

Americas
Series of ten 60-minute 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Examines the contemporary history, politics and social structures of the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean; discusses the dilemmas of national development, authoritarianism and democratization, urbanization, race, religion and revolutions, the role of women, and the Latin American presence in the US; narration in English, original, on-site conversations in Spanish with either English voice-over translation or English subtitles; three accompanying texts: Modern Latin America, 3rd Edition (Skidmore and Smith © 1992 Oxford University Press), Americas Study Guide containing unit summaries, glossary of terms, overview of video’s subject matter, questions, Americas Faculty Guide containing notes on teaching a telecourse, suggested activities, resources, test banks, answer key.
Total time: 10 hours

Program Titles:

  1. The Garden of Forking Paths: Dilemmas of National Development (Argentina)
  2. Capital Sins: Authoritarianism and Democratization (Brazil)
  3. Continent on the Move: Migration and Urbanization (Mexico)
  4. Mirrors of the Heart: Color, Class, Identity (Hispaniola, Bolivia)
  5. In Women’s Hands: The Changing Roles of Women (Chile)
  6. Miracles are not enough: Continuity and Change in Religion (Brazil)
  7. Builders of Images: Writers, Artists and Popular Culture (Puerto Rico, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina)
  8. Get Up, Stand Up: The Problems of Sovereignty (Colombia, Jamaica, Panama)
  9. Fire in the Mind: Revolutions and Revolutionaries (El Salvador, Peru)
  10. The Americans: Latin American and Caribbean Peoples in the US (Southern California, Miami, New York City)

The Art of Haiti
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Shows how the history of Haiti had an influence on the emergence of an art movement created by unschooled painters; includes interviews with painters Philome Obin and Rigaud Beno it with a detailed look at their works as well as those of other traditional Haitian artists; traditional Haitian folk music included in soundtrack.
In English with some Creole
29 minutes

The Astronomers: “Prospecting For Planets”
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced by PBS Video; part 6 of six-part video series which presents the science and scientists of the cosmos; Prospecting for Planets focuses on efforts to discover other planetary systems and to learn more about the planets of our solar system; includes images sent back to earth by the space probe Voyager; reviews research done by Bradford Smith and Richard Terrile from an observatory in the Chilean Andes, as well as telescoping done by David Latham from an observatory in the US.
In English
60 minutes

Bellissimo: Images of Italian Cinema
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Overview of Italian film production from the 1940s to the late 1980s; includes clips from famous films such as Open City, Divorce Italian Style, Bicycle Thief, etc. and features virtually every great personality in Italian filmmaking.
In Italian with English subtitles; some sections with English narration
1 hour 50 minutes

Botero: Four Seasons
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1992 documentary (directed by Georges Bégou) about the Colombian artist Fernando Botero who, himself, narrates the film, with voiceovers in English; focusses on Botero’s life as a painter/sculptor, his techniques, inspirations and joys about painting and sculpting; includes footage of Botero painting, sculpting and sketching.
English narration
53 minutes

Caravaggio
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1991 European Video Library documentary film about the Italian painter Caravaggio’s short life (1571–1610) and career; includes study of the self-portraits of Caravaggio’s early years as well as of the large scale paintings created for Rome’s churches; also addresses the artist’s escape from Rome following a murder and a look at works produced at the end of his life.
In English
28 minutes

The Caravaggio Conspiracy
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1984 BBC Television/RM Arts-produced program that provides an inside look at the realities of the world of art dealing, including checking a work for authenticity, artificial auction bids, resurfacing of stolen art; follows the 1979–1982 adventure of London Times journalist Peter Watson disguised as a wealthy art dealer as he tries to recover stolen masterpieces, including a Caravaggio.
In English
1 hour

Chocolat
1/2" VHS color videocassette
2000 Lasse Hallström film starring Juliette Binoche and Johnny Depp; a sweet, romantic, magical tale in which newcomer Vianne Rocher (Binoche) and her daughter open a chocolate shop (“chocolaterie”) (just in time for Lent!) across the street from the church in a quaint, puritanical village in the French countryside; once the townsfolk become interested in their sweets (which miraculously inspire increased sexual desires, feminist awakenings, familial reconciliations and even criminal rehabilitation), the town’s prudish mayor launches a campaign to close down the shop; Vianne herself becomes romantically involved with a Blues-guitar playing, ponytailed Irish “river-rat gypsy” named Roux (Depp), before she and her daughter, obsessively nomadic, eventually leave town just as suddenly as they came; 122 minutes.

Christians, Jews and Moslems in Medieval Spain
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Describes (a) the history of Spain from the time of the first landing of Berbers and Arabs in 711 through the nearly 800-year-long war that ended in the expulsion of Moors and Jews in 1492, (b) the role of the School of Toledo in conjunction with ancient Greek scientific texts and Arabic treatises on philosophy and science, (c) the rabbinic center in Toledo, (d) the history of the Jews in Spain.
In English
52 minutes

A Class Act
1/2" VHS color videocassette © 1987
About teachers and foreign language teaching as a career; professionally filmed with practicing teachers and former teachers in the workplace; aimed at recruiting foreign language teachers for the future.
In English
15 minutes

Collaborations Meeting New Goals, New Realities
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1997)
Produced by the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages to provide examples of classroom scenarios that illustr ate the five goal areas of the National Standards for Foreign Language Learning: (1) Communication Goal: “Meaning Making through a Whole Language Approach,” (2) Cultures Goal: “Using Video to Explore Perspectives, Practices, and Products of Guatemala n Culture,” (3) Connections Goal: “Making New Connections through Interdisciplinary Lessons,” (4) Comparisons Goal: “Using Linguistic and Cultural Comparisons to Help Students Succeed in Learning,” (5) Communities Goal: “Using a Foreign Language to Connect with the Community;” accompanying one-page Video Guide, a series of discussion questions, available.
54 minutes

Confessions of a Police Captain
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1971 film directed by Damiano Damiani and starring Martin Balsam as a “bad cop” and Franco Nero as district attorney; a Mafia drama about corruption, murder and deceit.
In English (with possible dubbing in some scenes)
1 hour 42 minutes

Cultural Literacy and Interactive Language Instruction
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1988)
Narrated by Marlies Mueller of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; illustrates a variety of activities designed to teach language through literature: (1) discussion of ideas via simulated news broadcasts and interviews with famous people, (2) vocabulary study, (3) grammar activities, (4) student dramatizations, (5) oral testing; begins by illustrating negative classroom techniques; ends with student discussion (in English) of the “language-through-literature” classes; all illustrations are from elementary and advanced French classes.
Narration in English
55 minutes

Dawn of the Maya
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Archeologists uncover and reveal aspects of the ancient civilization previously unheard of. Scholars and archaeologists investigate the rise of one of the world’s greatest and most mysterious civilizations.
60 minutes

The Definitive Dalí: A Lifetime Retrospective
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Compilation of interviews, images and written passages provide an accounting of the extravagant artist Salvador Dalí’s controversial and unique life; features film footage shot on location in several cities of Europe as well as in the US; clearly presented and artful discussion of the significance and meanings (to himself as well as to the world) of several of Dalí’s paintings, as well as other works of sculpture, fashion and film.
English narration with some segments in French and/or Spanish with English subtitles
1 hour 15 minutes

The Disputation: A Theological Debate Between Christians and Jews
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Recreation of the Barcelona Disputation of 1263 which brings to light the basic differences between Christianity and Juda ism; Jewish argument represented by Moses Ben Nachmann; Christian argument, by Father Pablo Christiani; moderator: King James the Conqueror of Aragon.
In English
68 minutes

Françoise Gilot Lecture
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Recording of September 17, 2000 lecture given by the artist Françoise Gilot at Boston College in conjunction with the McMullen Museum of Art’s exhibit Françoise Gilot: 1940–1950, on view from June 14–September 24, 2000; in her presentation, Gilot speaks about her life and work and shows slide examples of paintings by artists who influenced her artistic style, as well as slides of her own works dated 1950–2000.
In English
Approx. 55 minutes

From the Inside: Ethnographic Interviews in the Language Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette
National Language Resource Center, San Diego State University © 1997
Intended to promote and teach ethnographic interviewing techniques as a means, according to Dr. Gail Robinson-Stuart, of “getting the inside perspective” on persons of other cultures; features clips from actual student interviews and teacher training sessions.
In English
Approx. 21 minutes

Going International
Four 1/2" VHS color videocassettes designed to help the traveler develop cross-cultural skills required for a successful international experience.
In English

  1. Bridging the Culture Gap — contrasts one’s own unconscious cultural values/habits with those of the diverse cultures of the world; explains cultural taboos and accepted standards of behavior; 30 minutes.

  2. Managing the Overseas Assignment — shows how cultural misunderstandings can affect the traveler’s ability to accomplish goals in such diverse countries as Japan, Saudi Arabia, England, India and Mexico; includes explanation of what went wrong in each situation and proposes ways for improving results; 30 minutes.

  3. Beyond Culture Shock — for the family or the individual moving abroad; explains the psychological phases of the adjustment process; provides practical suggestions for making life abroad a positive experience; 30 minutes.

  4. Welcome Home, Stranger — focuses on the unexpected problems of returning home and how to overcome the difficulties of “re-entry” into the workplace, community and school environment; 15 minutes.

Hand-Held Delight
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in Summer 2000 by the Boston College Audiovisual Department in association with the Boston College Lambda Psi chapter of Pi Delta Phi (National French Honor Society); this video, produced in conjunction with the Lambda Psi chapter’s exhibit of the same name at the McMullen Museum of Art at Boston College (June 14–Sept. 24, 2000), highlights several of the 18th and 19th-century European fans from the permanent Mr. and Mrs. Frederick B. Hicks Collection at Boston College; also includes a study of 18th-century fan construction as illustrated by the Eventailliste (Fan-Maker) plates from the Encyclopédie of Denis Diderot; English-language captions and period music.
Approx. 27 minutes

Heinle & Heinle Satellite Videoconference #2: On Mentoring Foreign Language TAs, Lecturers, and Adjunct Faculty
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The October 25, 2000 second annual national videoconference on issues in language program direction sponsored by Heinle & Heinle Publishers and broadcast from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education; based on the AAUSC (American Association of University Supervisors, Coordinators and Directors of Foreign Language Programs) volume Mentoring Foreign Language TAs, Lecturers, and Adjunct Faculty edited by Benjamin Rifkin; videoconference moderated by Robert Terry (University of Richmond) with featured speakers: Elizabeth Bernhardt (Stanford University), Tom Blair (City College of San Francisco), Lara Lomicka (Penn State University), Susan Navey-Davis (North Carolina State University), Rebecca Oxford (University of Maryland); in addition to delivering formal presentations and participating in discussions on the topic of mentoring, speakers respond to viewers’ questions; 2 hours.

Heinle & Heinle Satellite Videoconference #3: Teaching in Today’s Multilevel Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 6, 2002 third annual national videoconference on issues in language program direction sponsored by Heinle & Heinle Publishers and broadcast from the Georgia Center for Continuing Education; videoconference moderated by Robert Terry (University of Richmond) with featured speakers: Kerry S.G. Driscoll (University of Iowa and Coe College), Jean-Louis Hippolyte (Kansas State University), Patti J. Marinelli (University of South Carolina), and Kimberley A. Sallee (University of Missouri-Columbia); in addition to delivering formal presentations and participating in discussions on the topic of placement in the multilevel classroom where students of varying abilities/backgrounds in the target language come together, speakers respond to viewers’ questions.
2 hours

Huichols and Pesticides (Huicholes y plaguicides)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
This 1994 documentary film directed by Patricia Diaz-Romo focuses on the horrific health consequences suffered by migrant Huichol workers of Mexico who are exposed to toxic pesticides.
English narration with segments in Spanish with English subtitles
27 minutes

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Deformed bell-ringer of the Notre Dame, Quasimodo and gypsy Esmarelda form an unlikely friendship due to being on the outskirts of French society. However, when Esmarelda captures the hearts of powerful people in high society, conflict rises.
In English
1 hour 40 minutes

In the Footsteps of Marrano Families
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Lead-off segment on tape with Living Moments in Jewish Spain; documents the expulsion of the Mendes-Nasi, Lopes-Suasso and Curiel families from Spain and their conversion to Christianity and life as Marranos upon arrival in Portugal.
In English
15 minutes

Inca Mummies: Secrets of a Lost World
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Preserved mummies help archeologists understand the ancient civilization. The unwrapping of a perfectly intact mummy also gives new insight into ancient sacrificial methods.
60 minutes

Interact ’89
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The satellite teleconference, “Using Technology in the Modern Language Classroom,” from California State University at Chico (May 10, 1989). Participants include: Frank Otto of Brigham Young University, Rick Altman and James Pusack of PICS, Lee Ann Stone of UC at Irvine; their discussion includes task-based activities for the language lab, use of video and authentic foreign television programming and the availability of videodisc.
In English
90 minutes

Languages at Work
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1989)
Narrated by Marlies Mueller of the Dept. of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University; illustrates a variety of activities for the language classroom: warm-up, grammar-related, role-playing, group work, warm-down activities; illustrations are given in French, Italian and Spanish by Harvard faculty members in elementary-level language classes.
Narration in English
35 minutes

A Legacy of Goodness
1/2" VHS color videocassette
That documents the experiences and feeling of Ruth Kapp Hartz who, as a Jewish child of four during the Nazi Holocaust, was hidden in a convent in Vichy, France and given the French name “Renee” as a means of protection against the Nazis; includes segments of interviews (in French) with surviving members of families who helped to shelter her and with some of their children and grandchildren; accompanying 175-page, illustrated book entitled Your Name is Renee available.
30 minutes

Living Moments in Jewish Spain
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Second segment on tape with In the Footsteps of Marrano Families; introduction to Jewish life in medieval Spain as depicted in illuminated Jewish manuscripts of the period; focuses on everyday family life and the celebration of Jewish holidays.
In English
6 minutes

The Living Planet, Vol. 1: The Building of the Earth
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The first of a twelve-volume production by the BBC and Time-Life Video; describes how huge forces formed the earth and moved continents; David Attenborough, narrator/teacher, visits an erupting volcano in Iceland, finds giant plants on Mt. Kenya, and shows the re-colonization of wildlife in Krakatoa and Mount St. Helens.
In English
55 minutes

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #1: From Theory to Practice: The Natural Approach
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 23, 1994 McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second-language acquisition theory and how to apply it to the classroom.
Moderator: Gerard Ervin of Ohio State
Features presentation by Dr. Stephen Krashen and panel discussion/questions-answers with Jeanne Egasse, Erwin Tschirner, Mary Rogers, Magdalena Andrade and Elías Miguel Muñoz; topic of discussion: Tracy Terrell’s Natural Approach to language instruction; available: multiple copies of teleconference handout containing biographies of conference panelists, outline of Krashen’s presentation and Natural Approach theory.
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #2: A New Look at Authentic Materials
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The February 15, 1995 McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second-language acquisition theory and practice.
Moderator: Gerard Ervin (Ohio State)
Presenters:
Wilga Rivers (Harvard University)
June Phillips (Weber State and ACTFL)
And panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Robert Blake (University of California, Davis), Robert Di Donato (Miami University), Raymond Elliott (University of Texas, Arlington), L. Kathy Heilenman (University of Iowa), and Yasu-Hiko Tohsaku (University of California, San Diego); topic of discussion: use of authentic materials in the foreign language classroom; features videotaped examples of teachers using realia, authentic readings and video in the classroom; available: copy of teleconference handout containing outline of program.
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #3: Integrating Technology into the Language Curriculum
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The October 23, 1996 McGraw-Hill satellite teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second-language acquisition theory and practice.
Moderator: Gerard Ervin (Ohio State)
Presentations:
The Role of Technology by Dr. Robert J. Blake (University of California, Davis)
Technology and the Communicative Language Classroom
by Dr. Bill Van Patten (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Followed by panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Gail Robinson-Stuart (San Diego State University), Richard Kern (University of California, Berkeley), Christopher M. Jones (Carnegie-Mellon University), James P. Pusack (University of Iowa), Karen Price (Harvard University); topic of discussion: attempt to answer the following 4 questions: What is technology good for? Where does technology live? What is the process for integrating technology? How does the language instructor get good materials?
2 hours

McGraw-Hill Satellite Teleconference #4: Grammar in the Communicative Language Classroom
1/2" VHS color videocassette
The Fall 1997 fourth-annual McGraw-Hill teleconference (from California State University at Long Beach) on second-language acquisition theory and practice.
Moderator: Gerard Ervin (Ohio State)
Presenters:
Diane Musumeci (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign)
Dr. Michael H. Long (University of Hawaii, Manoa)
Also includes panel discussion/questions-answers with Drs. Elizabeth Bernhardt (Stanford University), Patsy Lightbown (Concordia University, Montreal), Theodore Higgs (San Diego State University), and Bill VanPatten (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign); topic of discussion: attempt to answer the following 4 questions: Should grammar be explicitly taught in the communicative language classroom? Does grammar instruction make a difference in the acquisition of a second language? If so, what are the effects? What approach to grammar instruction should be followed?
2 hours

Memories of Monet
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1991)
Based on the memoirs of Lilla Cabot Perry during her years spent at Giverny. This film sheds new light on Monet’s greatest years, detailing 1889 until his death in 1926.
In English
29 minutes

Mussolini and Fascism
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1991)
Interprets the story of Mussolini’s ascent to power, including the March in Rome of 1922, the dictatorial powers gained by Il Duce, and the invasion of Sicily in 1943. Includes historical video.
In English
30 minutes

NAFTA and the New Economic Frontier: Life Along the U.S./Mexico Border
1/2" VHS color videocassette
ABC News special documentary on the conditions along the US/Mexican border; includes interviews with workers being affected in different ways by the implementation of NAFTA, as well as discussion about the future of NAFTA and its effects on both the US and Mexico; perspectives presented show the ups and downs/positives and negatives of fast-changing economic opportunity against a backdrop of poor living conditions in Juárez, Mexico.
In English
23 minutes

The Origin of the Drama and the Theater
Two 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
From Educational Video Network; Part I: The Origin of the Drama explores the development of Greek drama from religious festivals honoring the gods and discusses vulgar jest becoming comedies, hymns becoming tragedies; Part II: The Origin of the Theater documents the development of classic theater from its beginnings on threshing floors through a Golden Age of drama in Greece to the amphitheaters of Roman times.
Part I: 13 minutes
Part II: 15 minutes

Poetry and the Teaching of Foreign Languages
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1991)
Demonstration of teaching techniques where poetry is examined as a literary genre and as a means of expanding communicative skills in a foreign language; divided into three parts: Celebrating Poetry, Understanding Poetry, Creating Poetry; actual, unrehearsed classes in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and English as a Second Language presented; shot on location at Harvard University with appearances by Harvard professors Wilga Rivers and Marlies Mueller, as well as Prof. Claire Kramsch of the University of California at Berkeley.
60 minutes

Portugal and the United Kingdom: The Alliance Revisited
1/2" VHS color videocassette
That explores the alliance between Portugal and the United Kingdom through an array of artwork, science, and literature; historical perspective on the relationship between the two countries beginning in 1372 with the Peace Treaty of Tagilde and ending with the present day and the paintings of Rego.
In English
38 minutes

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (March 23, 1990)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approx. 15–20 minute presentations by members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Adapting Oral Proficiency Interviews for Classroom Use
Music in the Classroom
Effective Interaction Using Groups and Teams
Writing Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 28, 1992)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approx. 15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Fill’er Up: Quick and Easy Space Fillers (activities to focus students’ attention)
Snap to It (Rassias drilling method)
Action, Camera ... and Cut (student-produced videos)
Playing It Safe (games)
Instructor Exit Stage Left (student-centered activities for conversation initiation)

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 23, 1996)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approx. 10–15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

A Bag of Magic Tricks
Listen Up!
Everyone’s a comic
Wanted: Dead or Alive!
Inspired Writing: Getting the Best from Students
Please Pass the Pumpkin!

Romance Languages and Literatures Teaching Fellow Workshop (February 14, 1997)
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Approx. 10–15-minute presentations by Teaching Fellow members of the Boston College Department of Romance Languages and Literatures on topics related to teaching techniques suggested for use in the foreign language classroom.
In English
Approx. 75 minutes

Topics:

Hey! What happened? (part I: Intermediate Spanish; part II: Elementary Spanish)
It’s in the bag! (Elementary French)
Classroom Classics (Intermediate French)
It’s transparent! (Spanish CCR)
E Dio creò la Nutella (Italian CCR)

Romance of the Rose
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced at Mount Holyoke College with NEH support; an abridged version in English translation of Jean Renart’s Old French romance Le Roman de la Rose ou de Guillaume de Dole; set in the lands of the Holy Roman Empire, it portrays through song and story the love of the emperor for a beautiful lady named Lïenor; videoscript and commentary booklets available.
80 minutes

Saul and David
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in 1976 by Sampaolo films; Biblical story of David, the shepherd boy who kills Goliath and becomes a hero honored at first but then despised by King Saul; David flees for his life; Saul dies at his own hand; David becomes the new King of Israel.
110 minutes

School of Assassins
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Documentary shows an American school which graduated former dictators of Latin American and Caribbean nations such as Honduras, Paraguay, and Bolivia. Some of these notorious leaders are responsible for the deaths of thousands.
18 minutes

Spain: Everything Under the Sun
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Travelogue of the great sites of Spain, including Madrid’s Royal Palace, the Prado, Plaza Mayor, Avila, the Alcazar at Segovia, Toledo, Córdoba, Granada, The Alhambra, the Costa del Sol and Barcelona.
In English
50 minutes

Speak Easy
1/2" VHS color videocassette
14 short mime sketches in which two characters interact in real-life situations; sketches move from service-related interactions between strangers, to encounters between strangers, to more personal situations involving close friends or members of family; for all levels of language student; a Teacher’s Manual is available.
Each sketch: 3–5 minutes
Total time: 60 minutes

Titles:

Greetings

Flat Tire

New Shoes

Library

Cab Ride

Wallflowers

Influenza

Moving In

Truck Stop

Phone Call

Chez Vincent

Argument

Airport

The Lesson

Technology: Tool or Method?
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Recording of a “Baker’s Dozen Roundtable” discussion broadcast April 12, 2001 via satellite from Duke University and sponsored by the Charles E. Culpeper Foundation and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund in collaboration with Washington and Lee University and Duke University; 13 experts in applied linguistics, pedagogy and technology discuss (1) theory and practice in technology, (2) expected and assured outcomes with technology use, (3) changes in knowledge acquisition as it pertains to the technological interface, (4) technology as a transparent tool and/or method; discussion participants: Ms. Pegge Abrams (Duke), Dr. Bryan Alexander (Centenary College of Louisiana), Dr. Robert Blake (UC, Davis), Prof. Miriam Carlisle (Washington and Lee), Dr. Lise Desmarais (Canadian Foreign Service Institute), Dr. Robert Fischer (CALICO), Dr. Nina Garrett (Yale), Dr. P. Richard (Dick) Kuettner (Coordinator and Host, Washington and Lee), Dr. Jerry Larson (Brigham Young University), Dr. Jimmie Purser (Millsaps College), Dr. Clare Tufts (Duke), Prof. Ken’ichi Ujie (Washington and Lee), Dr. Clara Yu (Middlebury).
60 minutes

Test the West!: Metamorphosis in East Germany
Two 1/2" VHS color videocassettes
Two-part documentary focusing on the metamorphosis East Germany and its people are going through while shifting from one system to another - Part 1 (1990): First Encounter with a New System (30 minutes); Part 2 (1993): The Rebuilding of a Country (48 minutes); includes interviews with a variety of everyday people who talk about changes in their lives, about hope and frustration in these times of transition, thus providing a look at German Reunification from an insider’s perspective.
Total time: 1 hour 18 minutes

Tintoretto
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Volume 10 in the Portrait of an Artist series produced in 1984 by RM Arts in conjunction with Antenne 2; exploration of the works of Tintoretto (1518–1594) via observations made by Jean Paul Sartre about the painter’s approach to scale and color, his rebellion against 16th-century conventions; magnificent views of the city of Venice and of Tintoretto’s large-scale decorative panels and frescoes.
In English
65 minutes

Touring Italy
1/2" VHS color videocassette
A travelogue-type presentation of Italy and its cultural and historical contributions; features beautiful photography and tours of Naples, the ruins of Pompeii, Venice, Milan, Florence, Bologna, Verona, the Italian Riviera, Pisa, Rome.
In English
60 minutes

Weapons of the Spirit
1/2" VHS color videocassette (1989)
Extraordinary story of the French village La Chambon. As Nazi Germany threatens to occupy the town, the villagers decide to take a stand and defend themselves. In a riveting story about human solidarity, the film explores themes of loyalty and nationalism.
1 hour 30 minutes

What’s in a Grade: The Advanced Placement Readings
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Produced in 1992 by the College Board; a behind-the-scenes look at the scoring process of the College Board’s Advanced Placement examinations featuring footage shot on location at Clemson University and other reading sites; includes footage of reading of European History AP Exam and other subjects; interviews with AP readers and explanatory graphics.
18 minutes

What’s on the Midterm, Dr. Brown? And Other Scenes From American Student Life
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Five short skits depicting critical incidents in the life of American students: In the Classroom, Advisement, Friendship, Dating and Family; designed to increase international students’ understanding of aspects of American Culture likely to be encountered in university settings; filmed at UCLA; good for use in orientation programs.
Each skit: approx. 6 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes

The World Says Welcome
1/2" VHS color videocassette
Monterey Institute of International Studies © 1987
A fast-paced, informative video program using real-life interviews with young Americans living and working throughout the world; designed to stimulate interest in foreign language and to provide expert advice on how to prepare for an international career; accompanying materials include: teacher’s guide, counselor’s guide, suggestions for use in classroom and an international careers bibliography.
Approx. 27 minutes

The World of Umberto Eco
1/2" VHS color videocassette
1995 film shot on location in Italy and France by Gero von Boehm and Ricardo de Sanctis; interview with Eco the novelist, journalist and professor in which he expresses his thoughts on medieval aesthetics, semiotics and his own fiction, among other topics; includes a dramatization of a passage from his book The Island of the Day Before.
In English
43 minutes