Lesson Plan

Level: Beginner Time: 120 minutes

Objectives: To examine Australian and Japanese stereotypes through completing a questionnaire and sharing the results with the exchange class via email.

Hardware: One computer per student Software: Web Browser, email account and a stereotypes quiz (you will need to create your own quiz at http://www.school.discovery.com so students can email their responses to you, not me) You may use the same material but please change the gsubmith address.

Knowledge: How to open and copy a file and paste it into an e-mail, how to use email

Procedure

Stage

Time

Teacher

Students

Pre-computer work

5

Explain the notion of stereotypes and illustrate with examples

Can brainstorm examples of stereotypes from different countries on the board.

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3

(If you need a Japanese explanation for your class all the pre-computer work is explained in Japanese at the stereotypes worksheet in Japanese

With a partner look at the adjectives in part one (*see stereotypes worksheet in Japanese and check that you understand their meaning

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5

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Individually choose 4 adjectives that you most associate with Australians and 4 adjectives that you least associate with Australians.

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6

Write their responses on the board

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5

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In pairs try to decide on what adjectives the Australian class may choose as they are doing the same questionnaire.

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6

Write their responses on the board

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Stage

Time

Teacher

Students

Computer work

20

The link to the survey is on the home page but please create your own quiz file.The survey is available in Japanese at the stereotypes worksheet in Japanese part two

Open the stereotypes survey and complete the survey. Save it and print. Copy.

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5

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Open your email account and address a letter to your epal. Paste your survey into the e-mail.

5

Check your email and print out the completed survey.

Post-computer work

15

Collate results of your classfs surveys on the board

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15

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In groups, write a summary of the results.

A few / about half / most / all

of the English club students thought that statement number 1,2,3,etc was

very common / common / not common but not strange / strange / very strange.

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15

Collate results of the Australian classfs surveys

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15

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In groups write a summary of the results as you did in the previous exercise.

Follow up activities

Students can send their summaries to their exchange epals and receive from them their summaries. They can check for discrepancies and comment on what intrigued, confused, disappointed, them about the results. They can discuss why they think certain stereotypes exist.

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