Time and Space

Stereotyping Africa

Class Activity: Preconceptions

Before you read the text Christmas in the Kalahari, ask yourself and each other the following questions. Then ask, how does the text throw light on the ethnocentrism and preconceptions of others:

  • What is a ‘preconception’?
  • Where do preconceptions come from?
  • How easy or difficult is it to change your preconceptions?

Learner Portfolio

Think about the way people from your country are stereotyped. Write a piece, using the satirical essay How To Write About Africa from the reading list above as a model, substituting your home country for Africa. Discuss with your teacher how the writer used language creatively for effect and try to mimic those techniques in your own writing.

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