English Conversation – Stereotypes
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.
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
- 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?