Class theme/topics discussed:
Stereotypes related to national character.
How did you pick this theme or topic?
I included this activity as it seemed to be discussion-provoking, moreover, it implies practicing the vocabulary, related to describing traits of character.
How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Handouts, general discussion.
How did students react?
They participated very actively in the discussion.
Did they engage with each other and you?
What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Please attach a copy. – See info below.
Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Yes.
Why or why not?
It sparks interest in students and generates discussions.
National Characters (+ Personal Characteristics). Stereotypes
Ask students if they know any stereotypes related to their own and foreign countries; which of them they find correct/ incorrect. Can they tell an anecdote supporting their point?
2. Handout #1.
From: Ольга Штельтер. В этой маленькой корзинке… СПб: «Златоуст», 2009. P. 12. «Национальный характер. Какие они? Какие мы?»
After finishing the exercise students discuss the national features proposed in it. What would they change?..
3. Discussion: Image of a Russian. Image of an American.