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Racism And Racism

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After discussing racism as one of the issues that affect teachers with English as their additional language, we move to a lesser challenge, nevertheless, a challenge, i.e. micro-aggression. Micro-aggression is another problem that teachers with English as additional language face in daily life. Let us define what micro-aggression is. Haslam (2017), Professor of psychology at the University of Melbourne, describes micro-aggression as everyday insults, imparted intentionally or otherwise by words, acts or environments that communicate hostile and uncomplimentary messages to people from disadvantaged groups. Micro-aggressive acts may be brief, ambiguous and easily overlooked, but they have damaging effects on their targets. They come under three categories, namely Micro-insults, Micro-assaults and Micro-invalidations. Micro-insults are subtle snubs or portrayal of insensitivity. “Micro-assaults” are verbal or nonverbal expressions of disrespect or evasion. “Micro-invalidations” deny the experience of disadvantaged groups, Haslam (2017).
Having defined micro-aggression, as a secondary school teacher with English as my second language, I have personally been a victim in various occasions, mainly from the students. It is normal to be asked “where are you from”, which is a fair question but reason behind the questioning is the main thing. Most of the time the question come after a preceded discussion that students appear to pick up linguistic mistake. As experienced teacher, you
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