Literature Teachers

Literature Teachers

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Literature Teachers

What's it like?

Teach 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.

Working conditions


  1. Teach writing or communication classes.
  2. Evaluate and grade students’ class work, assignments, and papers.
  3. Prepare course materials, homework assignments, and handouts.
  4. Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
  5. Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
  6. Prepare and deliver lectures to undergraduate or graduate students on topics such as poetry, novel structure, and translation and adaptation.
  7. Keep abreast of developments in the field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences.
  8. Write letters of recommendation for students.
  9. Participate in cultural and literary activities, such as traveling abroad and attending performing arts events.
  10. Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
  11. Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in professional journals, books, or electronic media.
  12. Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
  13. Teach classes using online technology.
  14. Schedule courses.
  15. Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
  16. Write letters of recommendation for students.
  17. Select and obtain materials and supplies, such as textbooks.
  18. Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
  19. Participate in campus and community events.
  20. Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
  21. Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
  22. Participate in cultural and literary activities, such as traveling abroad and attending performing arts events.
  23. Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
  24. Perform administrative duties, such as serving as department head.
  25. Recruit, train, and supervise department personnel, such as faculty and student writing instructors.
  26. Provide assistance to students in college writing centers.

Top Skills

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Instructing
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Active Listening
  • Critical Thinking
  • Persuasion
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Service Orientation
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Time Management
  • Coordination
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Negotiation
  • Active Learning
  • Creativity


English Language and Literature, Comparative Education.

Average Salary‚Äč

6730/ Month

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