General stereotypes about the 5Cs and tv

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Stereotypes are interesting because they make you think about the way people sometimes categorize other people, basically those who are different. And I thought it was a nice way of introducing French and American stereotypes.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)

General discussion
Work in pairs

How did students react?

They reacted well, they seemed to enjoy talking about different stereotypes and finding ways of challenging them. They had quite a lot to say so it was easy to keep the discussion going.

Did they engage with each other and you?

Yes. They had to ask questions to each other, and then to talk to me and the others about what their partner said.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
white board

Please attach a copy.
Below is the plan I had with me in class

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Why or why not?

It was a very good way of introducing the topic about French stereotypes, and of making them speak. And I could compare their thoughts to those of the Advanced students, which was interesting.

Intermediate 09/15


1. Warm-up: 5 min

1. Write the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says:
a) Garçon
b) Fille
c) Quelqu’un qui porte des lunettes
d) étudiant de Pomona / Pitzer / Scripps / CMC
2. Group discussion about the results

2. Interviews

→ in pairs
→ then, each one talks about the other

3. Television stereotypes

→ in 2 groups, they need to find as many stereotypes as possible 5 min
→ we all share what they found
Two columns on the board: POSITIVE and NEGATIVE
→ writing on the board