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Post-secondary English Language and Literature Teacher

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AVG. SALARY

$53,140

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EDUCATION

Doctoral degree

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JOB OUTLOOK

Stable

What They Do

English Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary Career Video

Teaches courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Teaches writing or communication classes.
  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Initiates, facilitates, and moderates classroom discussions.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Plans, evaluates, and revises curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
  • Assists students who need extra help with their coursework outside of class.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as poetry, novel structure, and translation and adaptation.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  • Compiles, administers, and grades examinations, or assigns this work to others.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Assistant Professor
  • English Instructor
  • English Professor
  • Humanities Professor
  • Instructor
  • Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Creative Writing Professor
  • Lecturer
  • Literature Professor