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by Teachit
15th April 2016


Spanish | Reading | Stereotypes

This article from is in English but it's such a great way to get students discussing stereotypes that I'm including it here anyway!

Teaching ideas

  • Get students to make a list of as many Spanish stereotypes as they can. How do they view the Spanish?
  • Then give them the list of stereotypes mentioned in the article. How many of these match their own list?
  • Now ask them to decide if they think the stereotypes listed are true or false.
  • You could then give them the link to read the article themselves, in class or for homework, to see if their predictions were correct.
  • As a follow-on discussion, you could ask how justified you think the newspaper's answers were, or whether these just reinforce stereotypes even more!


  1. Spaniards live at home for far longer than their European counterparts.
  2. Spaniards are all lazy.
  3. Spaniards love bullfighting.
  4. Spain is all about sun, sea and sangria.
  5. Spaniards do everything late.
  6. Spaniards are really loud.
  7. Spain is a tourist's paradise.
  8. Spain stops for a siesta.
  9. There is lots of corruption in Spain.

Answers according to!

  1. True
  2. False
  3. False
  4. False
  5. True
  6. True
  7. False
  8. More false than true!
  9. True

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