This 16 page file identifies 8 typical stereotypes that Americans have about the French. I divide my class into pairs or groups of three and have each group choose one of the stereotypes. On their handout, they first write what they think--whether they believe the stereotype is true or false. After discussion, they write why they think people believe the stereotype. Then the turn the page over and find short articles and data sets that either support or refute the stereotype. They analyse the sources and write what the data says and whether it proves the stereotype to be true or false.
I follow up this activity with a presentational speaking activity.
This activity is for Intermediate learners.