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Anecdote: A stereotypical lesson

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A winning anecdote by Micheal Donnellan on the benefits of thorough planning.

I was teaching an advanced conversation class in Spain and my lesson plan was about Spanish people. I took the plan from a book which is normally very good and unbiased. However, I've since learned to plan more thoroughly.

I handed a sheet out to each student and they all began to read. Everything on it was something negative about Spanish people! 'They have no real personalities. They shrug their shoulders all the time when you ask them something. At work, they are just chair warmers and spend the whole day doing very little.' Needless to say, the conversation didn't really take off and everyone agreed it would be best to try something else!

Later they asked me where I was from and I said, 'Ireland.' A Spanish girl then asked, 'Aren't you all alcoholics?'

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