OBJECTIVES develop cross-cultural awareness and understanding practice language skills practice collaborative skills
WHAT IS A STEREOTYPE? 1. A sim plifi ed and fixe d ima ge of all me mbe rs of a cult ure or grou p (bas ed on race, relig ion, ethn icity, age, gen der, nati onal origi ns) 2. Gen erali zati ons abo ut peo ple that are bas ed on limit ed, som etim es inac cura te, infor mati on (fro m suc h sour ces as tele visio n, cart oon s or com ic boo ks, mini mal cont act with one or mor e me mbe rs of the grou p, sec ond- han d infor mati on) 3. Initi al pred ictio ns abo ut stra nger s bas ed on inco mpl ete infor mati on abo ut their cult ure, race, relig ion, or ethn icity 4. A sing le stat eme nt or attit ude abo ut a grou p of peo ple that doe s not reco gniz e the com plex, mult idim ensi onal natu re of hum an bein gs 5. Bro ad cate gori es abo ut peo ple that fail to diffe renti ate amo ng indi vidu als, peo ples, and soci etie s 6. Iden tific atio n of easi ly obs erva ble char acte risti cs of grou ps of peo ple
AMERICANS Everyone has a right to a university degree in________, even if it's in Hamburger Technology The only things that ___________has given to the world are skyscrapers, jazz, and cocktails.
THE BRITISH ___________eat bland food It's so fantastic that they are able to look at themselves with self-irony. I think this is exceptional. They write books and make movies that tell a negative picture about them and they show it. ____________________are limited. They don't try new things. They seem so cold in general. - ___________was the first country with a constitution, I think. So there is a real democratic tradition in ______________. The really crazy people all come from ______________.
RUSSIANS _______________consider themselves as a well educated nation. Their general knowledge is very good: they know a little bit about virtually everything. Having your own business in ____________is a big challenge. ______________are of some the most reckless, but at the same time skillful, drivers, and the most careless pedestrians in the world. ______are used to a situation where everything is unpredictable and unstable. They live in a society where anything can happen
DO YOU AGREE THAT… National stereotypes are dangerous because they may provoke racial prejudice. Stereotypes contain a certain amount of truth. There is no such thing as national character and therefore the idea of national stereotypes is rubbish. The reason stereotypes exist is because people are afraid of diversity, change, and what is unknown. They prefer to cling to simple classifications, which maintain an old, familiar and established order. Stereotypes are simply harmless sorts of jokes we tell about other nationalities or groups of people.
FOLLOW UP WHICH SITUATION WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT TO SOLVE? IS IT IMPORTANT TO PRACTICE CROSS-CULTURAL SITUATIONS? WHY? APART FROM PRACTICAL IMPORTANCE HAS IT GOT ANY OTHER SIGNIFICANCE? WHICH GROUP WAS THE MOST CREATIVE?