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FR F09 INT/ADV – French and American stereotypes

French and American stereotypes

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Stereotypes are interesting because they make you think about the way nations see one another, and it’s rather easy to find activities around it and to make the students talk because they find it interesting.

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

General discussion
Work in pairs
Handouts

How did students react?

They reacted well, they all had something to say and were very interested in the way French saw Americans. We talked about the positive and negative stereotypes, and they had 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 about the video. And they also had to perform a short skit in groups of two or three so they had to engage with each other.

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

Handouts
youtube

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

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?

Yes, definitely.

Why or why not?

It was a very good way of making them speak.

Advanced 09/17

French and American stereotypes

1. Warm-up 5 min

2. Interviews in pairs
– What are the French stereotypes for them?
– What are the American stereotypes for them?
– Do you know other country stereotypes?

→ group discussion

3. Youtube video

→ French stereotypes in movies
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4A8C5nRWTg

→ they need to write down all the stereotypes mentioned in the video

4. Brainstorming
– What do they think?
– Writing them all (video + brainstorming) on the white board in the right column: POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE

For Advanced:

5. Skit: French stereotypes – 10 min

Divisez la classe en paires et dites aux élèves que le défi est maintenant de préparer un sketch mettant en scène les stéréotypes Français courants, ils doivent choisir un des stéréotypes déjà discutés.

FR F09 INT – stereotypes (5Cs and tv)

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
Handouts

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.)
Handouts
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?
Yes

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

Stereotypes

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

DE F09 ADV Stereotypes

Conversation Class
Lesson Plan

Section: Advanced Conversation
Date: 3. September

Class theme/topics discussed: Stereotypes about Germans and Germany

How did you pick this theme or topic? I though it was a good way to start talking about Germany and to see what impressions they might have of Germans and Germany.

How did you present the material? (handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I put about 10 different flashcards with pictures of German stereotypes (e.g. Bratwurst, Dirndl & Lederhosen, Mercedes & VW) on the table and asked the students to each chose one and say what they can see on the picture and what it might have to do with Germans / Germany. The students quickly guessed that those were all stereotypes. I asked them about their experiences and what they thought about those stereotypes. I had prepared three pieces of paper saying ‘Stimmt oft’, ‘Stimmt manchmal’ and ‘Stimmt gar nicht’ and asked the students to put the flashcards on either one of the papers to say whether they believed they are mostly true, sometimes, and not at all. I also asked them to say why they thought so, this way we had a very lively discussion. Then I asked them to think about positive things about Germans and Germany. I handed them each four little pieces of paper and asked them to write down four different words or phrases that came to their mind. After a few minutes the students presented their results and told the group what they liked about Germans / Germany (e.g. educational system, landscape, manners). Then I showed the students a video on youtube, ‘Frag nen Deutschen’, where a German man talks about German stereotypes. After I showed the video a 2nd time, we talked about the stereotypes and whether or not they are rather true or false. At the end of the class I asked the students, if they knew any stereotypes about the Claremont Colleges and they told me about stereotypes of each of the five colleges.

How did students react?
The students seemed to like the activities very much and were eager to tell their impressions and their experiences about certain stereotypes. They were laughing a lot and seemed to enjoy the topic.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes, they talked a lot with each other and we had a lively discussion. They were also very interested in my opinion and wanted to know, if those stereotypes were really true or not.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Flashcards of German stereotypes (Flashcards are printed and in my ADV conversation folder).
Colored pieces of paper to write down signal words or short phrases about Germany.
My Laptop + TV in the German Lounge.
Video on youtube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ0Bgw2vkAM

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class? Why or why not?
Yes, definitely. The students were very motivated and eager to share their thoughts and experiences. However, I probably wouldn’t use the youtube video again, it had a bad sound quality and at times it was difficult for the students to understand it.

FR F09 ADV – Stereotypes

steretoypes

How did you pick this theme or topic?
We had already done the French American stereotypes, this time we did men/women and the 5Cs…

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
I had a picture of the “cerveau feminin” then I asked them what we could fin on the picture of “le cerveau masculin”.
Then I asked them what categories of people could be submitted to stereotypes. They said, “nationalities, “ the gays”, “religions”… and finally the 5Cs students.
In groups of 3, I asked them to make a list of stereotypes for one college. 2 students were not from Pomona so they were in charge of the Pomona stereotypes.
We discussed tem afterwards, and finally I showed them 2 maps of “ le monde vu par les USA”

How did students react?
It was a lot of fun, even if sometimes they were a little embarrassed.

Did they engage with each other and you?
yes

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

Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes!

RU F08 ADV Stereotypes about Russia and Russians

Class theme/topics discussed:
Stereotypes about Russia and Russians

How did you pick this theme or topic?
From last year’s materials

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

How did students react?
They were very excited and willing to talk a lot.
Did they engage with each other and you
yes

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
TV, computer, Internet
Please attach a copy.

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
yes
Why or why not?
It is an interesting topic and everyone (who reached Intermediate and Advanced levels) has something to say.

Lesson plan 8
Russian Conversation
09/25/08

Warm-up (5 min):
News of the day (presentation)

Introduction (15 min):
Make a crossword “Russian stereotypes” on time.

Brainstorming (10 min)
Look at the pictures and say what do you think when you hear “Russian”.
• Discuss with your partner some stereotypical Russian features and draw an average Russian person. Present your work describing every detail of what you’ve depicted.

Practice (30 min)
Debates: choose one sentence and discuss if it is a true or false stereotype.

1. В России много мафии, и там опасно.
2. На улицах России можно увидеть медведей.
3. В Россию очень трудно попасть, нужно слишком много документов и времени.
4. Экономика России очень слаба, и страна в целом очень бедная.
5. Русские носят шапку даже летом.
6. Зима в России очень холодная!
7. В России много расистов.
8. Русские недружелюбны.
9. Русские много пьют!
10. Путин и Медведев – новые цари, и в России никогда не будет демократии.

FR S08 INT – Games and stereotypes

Game with numbers
Stereotypes.

How did you pick this theme or topic?

Stereotypes always work well, and they’re a good start.

How did you present the material? (Handouts, group work, general discussion, student presentations, etc.)
Game: I give a number (eg: 3) then we start counting from 1, going round the students. BUT, when a student has to say a number that either contains a 3 or that is a multiple of 3, he MUSTN’T say the number. Instead, he has to say “hop” and we keep going. If he says the number, he’s out.
Then I showed a video “ foux du fafa” that is a parody of the French. Then I asked the students to list what the stereotypes were.
Then in groups I asked them to come up with a list of stereotypes that American peole have in mind when they think about France, and to draw a picture illustrating the list.
Finally we listened to a song by Lynda Lemay “ Les maudits francais” I gave them the lyrics right away because the song is a little hard, and we discuss some expression that she uses in it.
How did students react?
They found the game a little hard, but did a good job.
They loved the video “foux du fafa” but then we did not have a lot of ideas about stereotypes.
The final song was a little hard for them but they did recognize some elements that we had talked about previously.

Did they engage with each other and you?
Yes they tried.

What materials or media did you use? (articles, satellite tv, digital projector, etc.)
Sheet, pencils, you tube, handouts with lyrics

Please attach a copy.

Linda Lemay – Les maudits Français

Would you recommend this activity for a future class?
Yes,

Why or why not?
Because it’s a good activity to have the students relax. They can say anything they want

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