(Updated on 29/08/2013)



- Pictures / Maps - Differences -
Interactive activities - Activities to print -
Lesson plans
- Webquests -
- Cartoons


Related pages :

Europe (civilization) - DIFFERENCES US/GB - The world (civilization) -
- Cliches


Vocabulary :

  • Redneck
    "refers to a stereotype of usually rural, Caucasian (i.e. white) people of lower socio-economic status in the United States and Canada..."

    Why rednecks may rule the world
    "During this US election cycle we are hearing a lot from the pundits and candidates about "heartland voters," and "white working class voters."
    What they are talking about are rednecks...
    The term redneck indicates a lifestyle and culture that can be found in every state in our union. "


  • Stereotypes - Definition and Vocabulary Glossary (the_english_dept.tripod)
  • Stereotypes - The perfect European should be...




Pictures / Maps :


I'm a person, so I must be stereotyped!!

More stereotypes - Pictures



Why are Americans so…
"A map of American state stereotypes, generated by Google autocomplete...
Hover over the states. Most of the terms are about what we’ll call “culture,” or about the weather.
Politics and economics also figure prominently."




Mapping Stereotypes

ex : Europe according to the British












Differences :

  • Guide to France
    "The following advice for American travelers going to France was compiled from information provided by the US State Department, the CIA,
    the US Chamber of Commerce, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Disease Control and some very expensive spy satellites that the French don't know about.
    It is intended as a guide for American travelers only..."


  • The Stereotypical American in Europe


  • Word Cloud: How Toy Ad Vocabulary Reinforces Gender Stereotypes (




  • Common stereotypes

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

    Hell is where
    the police are German,
    the cooks British,
    the mechanics French,
    the lovers Swiss,
    and it is all organised
    by the Italians ! ..."

  • British manners slipping, research finds
    "More that eight out of 10 passengers refuse to give up their seats on the bus, train or Tube...
    The main causes of people not bothering were lack of time and stress at work. "



  • Parisians are traditionally viewed as rude, arrogant and unwelcoming in the popular British imagination.
    "Now the stereotype has been confirmed - by a French poll that completed the character assassination by labelling the capital's inhabitants "snobbish" and "self-regarding"."

  • Anger
    "Britons get angry more often than anyone else in Europe.

    ("According to a survey commissioned by TV comedy channel GOLD, Brits fly into a rage an average of four times a day by things
    like queue jumping, traffic jams, rude service in shops, foreign call centres and having to deal with ill-mannered neighbours.
    In contrast Italians only get angry three and a half times a day, the French three times and apparently those living in Sweden, Norway and Denmark said they get irate just once every five days.")



  • Britons 'bored but happy' - study
    "Britons are more bored, tired and less likely to know their neighbours than other Europeans, a study suggests."
    - with a VIDEO


  • Controversy over Czech EU art
    "A work of art being installed at the European Council building in Brussels has angered EU members because of the way it pokes fun of national stereotypes. It was meant to be the work of 27 European artists - but in reality it was all made by one man."
    Listen to the story.
    Difficult words are explained.




  • France and England: vive la différence!
    (No link)


  • 'Speak softly, don't argue and slow down' (Telegraph)
    "The reputation of the "Ugly American" abroad is not, however, just some cruel stereotype, but - according to the American government itself - worryingly accurate. Now, the State Department in Washington has joined forces with American industry to plan an image make-over by issuing guides for Americans travelling overseas on how to behave."


  • US Guide to France (stéréotypes des Français vus par les US)
    "A weird guide for American tourists crazy enough to come over here..."
    Written comprehension with interactive exercises.
    (Frédéric Chotard)



  • The Movie Cliches List -
    "This is a list of the most annoying and common logic flaws and stereotypes found in movies."
    For example : SPORTS -
    "In any type of sport movie, a player on the field can look up into a crowd of 1 billion and immediately spot their loved one."...


Listening :

  • ** Goeff : what French think about the English ** par  Geoff (Southampton, England) - 1er octobre 2011
    Goeff, an Englishman, tells us about stereotypes and cliches about English people.

  • ** Geoff : What English think about the French ** par  Geoff (Southampton, England) - 1er octobre 2011
    Geoff, an Englishman, tells us about all the cliches about French people.

  • ** Rebecca : stereotypes about English people ** par  Rebecca (Yorkshire, England) - 1er octobre 2011
    Rebecca tells us about what the French think of the English : stereotypes and cliches.
  • ** Rebecca : stereotypes about French people ** par  Rebecca (Yorkshire, England) - 1er octobre 2011
    Rebecca tells us what English people think of French people : stereotypes and clichés.



INTERACTIVE activities :

  • Interactive: European Stereotypes
    "As part of the Europa project, newspapers from six European countries (Britain, France, Germany, Poland, Spain, and Italy) were asked to stereotype each other, and then asked cultural commentators in each country to assess how accurate they are..."

    + LINKS


  • Stereotypes
    A Sterotype is "a very firm and simple idea about what a particular type of person or thing is like".

    12 pages of activities created by Renée Maufroid.

  • US Guide to France (stéréotypes des Français vus par les US)
    "A weird guide for American tourists crazy enough to come over here..."
    Written comprehension with interactive exercises.
    (Frédéric Chotard)


Activities TO PRINT :

  • Stereotypes ou Stereotypes
    'Worksheet' à utiliser avec des classes d'un niveau d'anglais faible.

    Envoyée par Elaine Vallet (Ac. Créteil)


Lesson plans :

  • What do Halloween costumes say ? - a lesson plan
    "This activity, adaptable across grades, is designed to help students look critically at the Halloween costumes marketed to them."


    Objectives :

    • Students will examine and understand the use of stereotypes and biases in visual media.
    • Students will use viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.
    • Students will use listening and speaking strategies in small group and class discussions.
    • Students will use the general skills and strategies of the writing process.
    • Students will contribute to the overall effort of a group.

  • The Impact of Gender Role Stereotypes - a lesson plan
    "The objective of these lessons is to encourage students to develop their own critical intelligence with regard to culturally inherited stereotypes, and to the images presented in the media  film and television, rock music, newspapers and magazines..."
  • Gender Stereotypes and Body Image - a lesson plan
    Overview :
    "To make students aware of the dangers of gender stereotyping and the media's role in perpetuating gender stereotypes."



  • Stereotypes - A teaching module (the_english_dept) :
    Raising Awareness/ Defining - Reacting and Comparing Results - Reading and building vocabulary -
    Analyzing stereotypes in the media
    - develop cross-cultural awareness and understanding
    - practice language skills
    - practice collaborative skills
    - show students how stereotypes are formed and what they can lead to if not acknowledged and rebutted.
    - learn how to challenge bias, unfairness and stereotypical views."
    Level: intermediate and above
    A - Warm -up (Pre-teaching vocabulary)
    B - Introduce concept/practice vocabulary in situation
    C - Develop ideas/discuss
    D - Homework


Webquests :


Videos :








  • Stereotypes: What are the ... like?
    There are 4 videos to deal with (with interactive exercises and games) :
    - What are the Germans like according to the British?
    - What are the Germans like according to the Americans?
    - What are the British like?
    - What are the Americans like?









Cartoons :