Skip navigation

Foreign Language & Literature Teachers, Postsecondary

Also called: French Professor, Professor, Spanish Instructor, Spanish Professor

What they do:
Teach 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.
On the job, you would:
  • Prepare course materials, such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
  • Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • foreign language
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • sociology and anthropology
  • geography
Business
  • administrative services

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
Social
  • teaching people how to do something
  • understanding people's reactions

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Self Control
  • Persistence
  • Dependability
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Achievement/Effort
  • Concern for Others

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Computer based training software
  • Blackboard Learn
  • Desire2Learn
Word processing software
  • Google Docs Hot Technology
  • Microsoft Word Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
doctoral degree or
master's degree
usually needed

Get started on your career:

Find Training Find Certifications Find Licenses Apprenticeship.gov

Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$67,640
$38,910
$137,860
Check out my state Local Salary Info Find Jobs

Explore More

See more details at O*NET OnLine about foreign language and literature teachers, postsecondary.