A Toolbox for all Language Educators
A Toolbox for all Language Educators

Practicing Names of Countries with Artworks

This is a 20-minute interactive winning game in which:

  • Students team up;
  • They observe a set of artworks on Slides;
  • They hypothesize the origin of each artwork among 4 options. (I usually give 20 to 30 seconds for each artwork.)
  • We check their answers together. (Slides in French)
  • Each group that gave the right answer scores one point.
Quiz: Slide of a question. The quiz should be written in the target language.

An alternative way of implementing this quiz

Each team focus on 4 artworks they individually picked. After about 5 minutes, students share the answers they convened with the whole class. The asset of this alternative is that it gives students the opportunity to choose and focus on artworks they found arresting. On the other hand, it implies printing the images out.

Quiz: Slide of an answer. Artwork: “Buddhist monk Budai”, 17th–18th century. Public domain image from The Metropolitan Museum 

The activity was designed for students with a beginner level of proficiency but with a bit more participation (for instance, by asking students to elaborate on their choice), it would fit an intermediate or even advanced-level class. 

The material below was designed to practice names of countries in French, gender, and article change with “venir de”.


  • this handout reviews countries’ name, gender, and article change with “venir de”

Additional Material for alternative activity:

  • Download and print out this quiz with a set of pictures & origin options  (pdf or slides)
  • Download and screen the quiz with answers (pdf or slides)

I have run a similar quiz with ordinal numbers.

All images are public domain and many come from the Metropolitan Museum Collection.

By Angelique Aristondo.


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