The blind men and the elephant (intermediate and above)




A) Have you ever touched an elephant? Can you guess what a blind man can say about an elephant and what it looks like?


B) Listen to the story and check your predictions. 

  • What parts of the elephant did they touch?
  • Why did they start arguing?
  • Who helped them to understand and how did he do it?
  • What do you learn from this story? How can we apply this to our life?


C) Think about examples of this distorsion of reality we are sometimes guilty of. Can this be dangerous? Why?


D) Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk and discuss the following questions (in groups). 

  1. What are the main points she makes in her talk?
  2. Is there anything that called your attention?
  3. Why does she feel that it’s dangerous to tell a single story?
  4. What can stories do according to her?
  5. What’s the connection between her talk and the story of the blind men and the elephant?
  6. What personal experiences have you had in connection with this topic? Have you ever felt that you’ve been listening to or telling yourself only one story?
  7. Why can stereotypes harm us or our relationships?
  8. How can we prevent single stories?


E) Work with a partner.

a- Think about a piece of news and prepare to tell it to your audience from two different angles or viewpoints.

b- Now think about a historical event and do the same.

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