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English Conversation – Stereotypes

Monday, July 22, 2013 @ 11:07 AM
posted by Jo

This is the preparation material for an English conversation lesson about stereotypes.  A stereotype is an over generalized belief about a particular group of people.  There are many kinds of stereotypes but the most common ones are those to do with nationality, religion, age and gender.  Using stereotypes is a way to simplify our social world and they can help us to respond quickly to situations because we may have had a similar experience before. But one disadvantage is that it makes us ignore differences between individuals and we may judge a person without even knowing anything about them.

Vocabulary 

Nouns Adjectives Verbs
Stereotype

Generalisation

Characteristics

Assumption

Ethnicity

True

False

Same

Different

Fair

Preconceived

Generalise

Assume

Categorise

 

 

Nationality Stereotypes

How accurate do you think these stereotypes are?

  • Italian people eat pasta ever day
  • The best machines come from Germany
  • British people are very serious
  • The French are the most romantic people
  • Americans like eating hamburgers
  • Australians see kangaroos every day

Conversation Questions

  • What do people think of when they think of your country?
  • Do you think the stereotypes about your country are true or false?
  • What comes to mind when you think about America?
  • Do you know of any stereotypes about British people?
  • What are some stereotypes you know of about women?
  • What are some stereotypes about men?
  • Where do we learn these gender stereotypes?
  • What stereotypes exist about people who are blonde?
  • Do you think some stereotypes are true?
  • What are the advantages of making a stereotype?
  • What are the disadvantages of making stereotypes?
  • What are stereotypes and how do they affect people’s lives?
  • What stereotypes exist about religion?
  • Can you think of any events in history that were influenced by stereotypes and biases?
  • How do people learn to make stereotypes? How might they unlearn them?
  • How can the media (newspapers, television, movies) help to reduce stereotyping?
  • What do you think an individual can do to help reduce bias and stereotyping?
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