“Mind your language”: stereotypes in the English classroom

Mind Your Language is a British comedy television series from the late 70s. The series focuses on the adult students of an English foreign language class in a London college. The classes take place in the evening, and are taught by Mr. Brown. The class consists of foreign students with different degrees of English proficiency and much of the humour of the show comes from the students misunderstanding English words or terminology and plays heavily on the cultural stereotype of their individual nation of origin.

Watch this video about a class in which students have to say words beginning with the letters of the alphabet. Can you tell the countries of origin of each student by their appearance, clothes and behaviour?

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