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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.


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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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