An article that was published in Essential Teacher, “Fully Qualified, but Still Marginalized”, is a piece that many of us could relate to. Despite of course the difference in social context, the issues being discussed have a common ground, that of being a non-native speaker. Sensitive in nature but real at heart. If you still have not read it, you may click this link to read the entire article: http://www.tesol.org/s_tesol/sec_document.asp?CID=916&DID=3973
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Fully Qualified, but Still Marginalized
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A nonnative English speaker, an Arab, and a Muslim, Faiza Derbel found that her TESOL colleagues silently accepted her exclusion after 9/11. See Debbie Zacarian’s The Road Taken column, “Competent, Literate, but Still on the Outside,” Essential Teacher, June 2005 (pp. 10-11).
With thirteen years of experience in teaching EFL, including university-level experience, and a PhD in education under my belt, I never envisioned that my credentials or my expert status as practitioner would be questioned. Nor did I imagine that I would face a lack of acceptance into the broader TESOL community because of my nonnative speaker status and my connection to the geopolitical area associated with the U.S. war on terror.