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1. Work in pairs.

a. Do you like Disney films? Why/ why not?

b. Do you remember the characters from Aladdin? Who are the hero and the villain?
c. What is a stereotype? Can you think of examples?

2. Read the following texts for background information.

3. Watch the films trailer. Pay attention to appearance and to the voices of the
Can you identify stereotypes?

4. Now listen to the song Arabian Nights.
Which elements are stereotypic?

5. Think about other Disney films. Can you recognize other stereotypes?
The Little Mermaid
Peter Pan

Stereotypes in Disney

The Gulf War (August 1990- February 1991)
Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein ordered the invasion and
occupation of neighbouring Kuwait in early August
1990. Alarmed by these actions, fellow Arab powers
such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt called on the United
States and other Western nations to intervene. Hussein
defied United Nations Security Council demands to
withdraw from Kuwait by mid-January 1991, and the
Persian Gulf War began with a massive U.S.-led air
offensive known as Operation Desert Storm. After 42
days of relentless attacks by the allied coalition in the
air and on the ground, U.S. President George H.W. Bush
declared a cease-fire on February 28; by that time, most
Iraqi forces in Kuwait had either surrendered or fled.
Aladdin is an American animated adventure film,
the thirty-first animated feature in the Disney
animated features canon, made and produced by
Walt Disney Animation Studios, and released on
November 11, 1992. It relates a version of the
story of Aladdin and the magic lamp from the book
One Thousand and One Nights.
One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of
West and South Asian stories and folk tales
compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age.
It is often known in English as the Arabian Nights,
from the first English language edition (1706).

Miss Andrea Abraham
Private English Center

Stereotypes are qualities assigned to groups of people related to their race, nationality and
sexual orientation, to name a few. Because they generalize groups of people in manners that
lead to discrimination and ignore the diversity within groups, stereotypes should be avoided.
3. Watch the movie trailer.