Post-secondary Foreign Language and Literature Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


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.
  • Evaluates and grades students' class work, assignments, and papers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Maintains regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  • Compiles, administers, and grades examinations, or assigns this work to others.
  • Selects and obtains materials and supplies, such as textbooks.
  • Keeps abreast of developments in their field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional organizations and activities.

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
  • Work in this occupation involves standing 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

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