CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Foreign Language Teachers, Postsecondary

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Foreign Language Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Summary Job Description Tasks
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. Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, and papers.
 
Prepare course materials such as syllabi, homework assignments, and handouts.
 
Initiate, facilitate, and moderate classroom discussions.
 
Maintain student attendance records, grades, and other required records.
 
Compile, administer, and grade examinations, or assign this work to others.
 
Plan, evaluate, and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction.
 
Prepare and deliver 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.
 
Maintain regularly scheduled office hours to advise and assist students.
 
Select and obtain materials and supplies such as textbooks.
 
Keep abreast of developments in their field by reading current literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional organizations and activities.
 
Advise students on academic and vocational curricula and on career issues.
 
Conduct research in a particular field of knowledge and publish findings in scholarly journals, books, or electronic media.
 
Collaborate with colleagues to address teaching and research issues.
 
Serve on academic or administrative committees that deal with institutional policies, departmental matters, and academic issues.
 
Participate in student recruitment, registration, and placement activities.
 
Compile bibliographies of specialized materials for outside reading assignments.
 
Participate in campus and community events.
 
Act as advisers to student organizations.
 
Perform administrative duties such as serving as department head.
 
Supervise undergraduate or graduate teaching, internship, and research work.
 
Write grant proposals to procure external research funding.
 
Provide professional consulting services to government or industry.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Foreign Language Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
 
Foreign Language Knowledge of the structure and content of a foreign (non-English) language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition and grammar, and pronunciation.
 
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
 
History and Archeology Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
 
Sociology and Anthropology Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
 
Philosophy and Theology Knowledge of different philosophical systems and religions. This includes their basic principles, values, ethics, ways of thinking, customs, practices, and their impact on human culture.
 
Psychology Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
 
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
 
Geography Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
 
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
 
Fine Arts Knowledge of the theory and techniques required to compose, produce, and perform works of music, dance, visual arts, drama, and sculpture.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Foreign Language Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
 
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
 
Instructing Teaching others how to do something.
 
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
 
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
 
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
 
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
 
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
 
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
 
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
 
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
 
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
 
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
 
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
 
Operations Analysis Analyzing needs and product requirements to create a design.
 
Service Orientation Actively looking for ways to help people.
 
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
 
Management of Personnel Resources Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.
 
Persuasion Persuading others to change their minds or behavior.
 
Systems Evaluation Identifying measures or indicators of system performance and the actions needed to improve or correct performance, relative to the goals of the system.
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Foreign Language Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
 
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
 
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
 
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
 
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
 
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
 
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
 
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
 
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
 
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
 
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
 
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
 
Memorization The ability to remember information such as words, numbers, pictures, and procedures.
 
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
 
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Foreign Language Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Doctoral Degree
 
On-Site or In-Plant Training None
 
On-the-Job Training None or short demonstration
 
Related Work Experience Over 2 years, up to and including 4 years
 
Required Level of Education Master's Degree
 
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Foreign Language Teachers, Postsecondary
 
Alternate Job Title(s)
Arabic Professor
Arabic Teacher
Biblical Languages Professor
Bilingual Instructor
Bilingual Teacher
Chinese Language Professor
Chinese Teacher
College Professor
College or University Faculty Member
English Professor
Faculty Member
Foreign Language Instructor
Foreign Languages Department Chair
Foreign Languages Professor
Foreign Languages and Literature Professor
French Instructor
French Professor
French Teacher
German Professor
German Teacher
Greek Professor
Hebrew Professor
Hebrew Teacher
Humanities Professor
Instructor
Italian Teacher
Japanese Professor
Language Arts Teacher
Language Instructor
Language Specialist
Language Teacher
Modern Languages Professor
Professor
Russian Language Professor
Russian Teacher
Spanish Instructor
Spanish Lecturer
Spanish Literature Professor
Spanish Professor
Spanish Teacher
Swahili Teacher
 
CompGeo Occupation Group: Education
Job Family: Instructor, Post Secondary
Benchmark Title: Foreign Language Teachers, Postsecondary
 
 
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