Four strangers, an Englishman, American, Israeli and a Japanese, all of whom speak English, have to spend a four-hour train journey in the same railway compartment. Read the following situation and discuss the question:
Who do you think will start speaking first? Why? Who do you think would give the most / least information about himself? Why? What do you think each would do if a young lady came into the compartment with two large heavy suitcases? How do you think each would react if they found they could not open the door of the compartment at the end of the journey?
“We are all in some way prejudiced”. “National stereotypes are dangerous because they provoke racial prejudices”. “Stereotypes are harmless jokes we tell about other groups of people.” “People fear anything different from themselves”. “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”. “All stereotypes contain certain amount of truth”. In pairs discuss the following statements (– agree / disagree)