What does a Language Teacher do?

Language teachers provide instruction to help students master the fundamentals of a specific language. They generally start with the core elements of basic grammar and format, and then expand into more complex aspects, eventually working towards the goal of becoming comfortable speaking and understanding conversational dialogue. They may provide this teaching onsite in a classroom setting or from a distance using a remote learning platform. They select a curriculum, explain concepts, and evaluate students’ progress.

Language teachers have varying qualification requirements depending on the level and setting in which they are teaching, but generally they would at least have a bachelor’s degree, with an advanced degree preferred. They would likely be required to have a valid teaching license in their state. They would be fluent in at least two languages, and have teaching experience.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
11%
2 - 4
33%
5 - 7
2%
8+
54%

Common Skill Sets

Foreign Language Spanish
Teaching Experience
English Language
Fluent IN Spanish
Computer Literate
ESL
Bilingual
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Language Teacher Seniority Levels

Substitute Teacher
12% made the transition
English Teacher
26% made the transition
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Language Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$55,766 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$36K
Median: $56K
$85K
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