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Post-secondary Foreign Language and Literature Teacher

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AVG. SALARY

$51,980

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EDUCATION

Doctoral degree

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JOB OUTLOOK

Stable

What They Do

Foreign Language and Literature Teachers, Postsecondary Career Video

Teaches languages and literature courses in languages other than English. Includes teachers of American Sign Language (ASL). 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:

  • Prepares course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Maintains student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • Initiates, facilitates, and moderates classroom discussions.
  • Prepares and delivers lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as how to speak and write a foreign language and the cultural aspects of areas where a particular language is used.
  • Conducts research in a particular field of knowledge and publishes findings in scholarly journals, books, or electronic media.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in their field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional organizations and activities.
  • Compiles, administers, and grades examinations, or assigns this work to others.
  • Maintains regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Selects and obtains materials and supplies, such as textbooks.

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:

  • French Professor
  • German Professor
  • Instructor
  • Modern Languages Professor
  • Professor
  • Spanish Instructor
  • Spanish Professor
  • Assistant Professor
  • Associate Professor
  • Foreign Languages Professor