English language and literature teachers (postsecondary) teach courses in English language and literature, including linguistics and comparative literature. This includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.
An English language instructor teacher plays various roles such as learner, facilitator, assessor, manager and evaluator. Their responsibilities include organizing classroom lectures, and coursework and preparing materials and activities. They assign homework and interesting exercises and identify students with special requirements and create individualized plans. Moreover, they determine exam and assignment grades plus provide feedback based on workload and classroom behaviour.
The first degree an English professor needs is a Bachelor of Arts in English, which is a degree program that will teach about writing, literary criticism, English literature, poetry and drama. English professors need a PhD in English literature to be a professor. One can teach freshman writing in community colleges and sophomore literature after a master's degree. With a doctorate, a candidate gets a full-time position.
Above the skills of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, an English literature teacher job needs excellent English pronunciation, vocabulary, grammar skills, confidence and skills to give motivating and interesting lessons to the students and possess the ability to develop their teaching materials.
To succeed as an English professor, one should be proficient with online techniques of teaching, and classroom management, form a good rapport with students and be adaptable to learn new practical ways of teaching.
Every career requires an element of study and academic qualification, and there can be several study routes and pathways you can take. In following any academic pathway you will study subjects that contribute to the specialised knowledge required to achieve your career goals. These qualifications provide a future employer with the evidence that you have the desired knowledge, understanding and experience of their industry, so it’s important to consider the various types of qualifications available to you and to understand how they can boost your career and create opportunities for you.
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