Country Stereotypes

Conversation and listening activity
Read this opinion of heaven and hell and discuss what it means to you. Do you agree / disagree with the description? Why (not)?

Heaven is where the police are British, the cooks are French, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and it is all organized by the Swiss.
Hell is where the police are German, the cooks are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss and it is all organized by the Italians.


  How is your country stereotyped?
  Does stereotyping help in some way?
  Why do you think people stereotype?
  How can stereotypes be damaging? 
  How are various nationalities stereotyped?
  What is the difference between stereotypes and prejudices?
  Are stereotypes offensive?  Funny?  Realistic?

Listening Segment

NPR - 3.30 minutes
“For Asians And Latinos, Stereotypes Persist In Sitcoms”

Listen to the radio segment and answer whether the statements below are TRUE or FALSE, based on the report.


1.For the critic Eric Deggans some stereotyped characters in shows on TV are insulting.

2.He regularly sees black actors playing maids, pimps or buffoons.

3.A chinese character on a comedy shows a collection of stereotypes and his heavy accent is the reason for laughs.

4.Asians and Latinos are usually unemployed, criminals or sell drugs.

5.It will take a long time to wean writers off the easy jokes provided by stereotypes of Latino and Asian characters.

6.For writers and producers, TV shows are better when the characters are not stereotyped.

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