What is a stereotype? What are two Australian stereotypes that you have learned about and how accurate are they in your opinion?
A stereotype is a generalization placed on things such as a certain job, race, culture, person, gender or age. Two Australian stereotypes that I have learned of is the easy going nature of Australians and their love of the sun and beach. I feel as though these stereotypes are quite accurate, keeping in mind the fact that a stereotype is a GENERALIZATION and does not speak for the whole of Australia.
How can stereotypes be damaging to a person or group?
Stereotypes can be damaging to a person or group due to the nature of placing a label on a whole group without looking into the details of how true this claim may be. This in turn can be extremely damaging to a person or group as it harms the reputation (lance Armstrong's drug use in cycling)
Find examples of three different Australian Accents. Which accent do you feel that you have and why? What does this reveal about you and your background?
'lower class' - broad Australian
'middle class' - general Australian
'upper class' - cultivated Australian
I personally identify most with the general australian accent. This reveals I grew up in a middle class society in an urban area of Australia and speak as the majority of Australians do.