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Proficiency and fluency in a foreign language can open up the gates for a lucrative career in various sectors such as diplomatic services, entertainment, tourism, embassies, international organizations, public relations and mass communication, publishing, interpretation, translation, etc.

Career Roles & Responsibilities
  • Preparing original class materials
  • Organising a schedule across several locations
  • Preparing written and oral tests for students
  • Conducting private or group classes
  • Marking homework and tests
  • Invoicing clients for work completed
Career Education Path Summary

Career Path




After Graduation

After Post Graduation


Class XII with any stream

Pursue B.A.(H) Foreign Language for 3 years

Pursue Masters in Language for 2 years in India or Abroad ( 1 year)

Pursue M.Phil. in Language for 2 years and/or PhD in Language for 3-4 years


Class XII with any stream

Pursue B.A.(H) Language for 3 years

Pursue Post Graduate Diploma in foreign language



Class XII with Any Stream

Pursue graduation in any subject for 3 years

Pursue Certificate course/ Diploma course for 1 year


Important Facts

  • Most colleges have eligibility criteria of a minimum of 50% aggregate marks in Class XII.
  • No mandatory subject in Class XII.
  • Most of the institutes for post-graduation require bachelors in any field.
  • For Lecturership in Language, National Educational Test (NET) or Ph.D. is mandatory
  • There are various other colleges in Delhi University that offer this course.

Leading Institutes

Leading Institutes in India




Jawaharlal Nehru University

New Delhi 

St. Stephens College

New Delhi 

Banaras Hindu University


University of Mumbai


University of Calcutta


IGNOU School of Languages

All over India 

English & Foreign Languages University


Nihongo Bashi

Multiple Locations 

India China Chamber of Commerce & Industry


Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Jawaharlal Nehru Academy of Languages, New Delhi


Banaras Hindu University


Alliance Francaise de Bombay


Max Mueller Bhavan

Delhi, Pune, Bangalore 

University of Rajasthan


University of Pune


Professional Opportunities

Similar Careers
  • Conduct a variety of language-based studies, experiments, and consultations
  • Assist in acquiring knowledge of languages for purposes such as historical examinations, code-breaking, etc.
  • Take classes in linguistics at colleges and universities
  • Give advice to marketing firms and publishing companies on what language to use in advertising and promotions
  • Predict trends in pronunciation, slang, or diction
  • Develop speech recognition software, check for proper grammar or provide a better understanding of how language is affected by computer use
  • Convert concepts in the source language to equivalent concepts in the target language during translation
  • Language guides ensure that foreign visitors are able to communicate effectively during their stay.
  • Convert journal articles, books, poetry, and short stories from one language into another language


Language teachers who work in schools are paid a yearly salary. The salary for secondary school teachers is as follows:

  • An NQT (Newly Qualified Teacher) starts on a salary of £20,627 per annum.
  • This rises incrementally until it reaches a maximum of £30,148 per annum.

Language teachers working in private or group adult classes usually receive between £20 - £30 per hour.

Career Pros Details
  • Wide range of scope and different areas of work to choose from
  • It is an interesting career choice and helps in understanding a language’s history
Career Cons Details
  • The demand for every language can fluctuate at different times
  • It can be difficult to learn an entirely new language


Adult Literacy Teacher

Adult literacy teachers can prepare for a career in their field by completing a bachelor's degree, although teaching experience or a graduate degree may be preferred or required by some potential employers. Adult literacy teachers focus on working with adults who need to learn or master reading and writing skills. They may work with adults who did not complete high school, have a learning disability, or whose native language isn't English.

Interpreter or Translator

Interpreters or translators usually need to have a bachelor's degree, and they must be fluent in two languages. They convert one spoken language into another, in verbal or written form. They may also be a sign language interpreter; these interpreters are often certified nationally, and they convert sign language into a spoken language and vice versa.

High School Teacher

High school teachers instruct teenage students in their specialized subject areas. They need to write lesson plans, assign work, grade student assignments and teach the material so that students will understand it. Since their work involves expressing information clearly and writing lesson plans, language skills are important for all high school teaching careers. Teachers who instruct students in English and language arts need exceptional language skills. They need a bachelor's degree in their discipline and a teaching license.

Reporter or Correspondent

Media professionals such as reporters or correspondents typically study journalism or communications and complete a degree in one of these disciplines before entering their profession. They may be involved in developing story ideas, doing research to find out more information about a specific topic, and using that research to write or verbally report the information to the public. These professionals usually work for news stations, radio stations, magazines, or newspapers.

Broadcast News Analyst

Broadcast news analysts discuss opinions about specific topics in writing or on radio or television broadcasts. They are often required to be an expert in a specific field, and while they appear in news media, they most often do not have a background in journalism. In order to clearly articulate their area of expertise, broadcast news analysts may need a degree or work experience in their discipline, and clear language skills in order to communicate their point of view.

College Professor

Although it's common for college professors to have a doctoral degree, it is sometimes possible to teach at the postsecondary level with a master's degree. They specialize in a specific subject area; while all postsecondary teachers need strong language skills to write lesson plans and instruct classes, those who teach English language and literature need to be English language professionals, with a high degree of writing and language skills in order to effectively teach these subjects in undergraduate and graduate classes.

Speech-Language Pathologist

A speech-language pathologist needs a master's degree and they may also need to be licensed, depending on where they work. They help people who have difficulty with verbal language. They listen to patients to determine the issues affecting their ability to produce different sounds and use exercises to help patients learn to speak as clearly as possible.

Writers and Authors

A degree in a subject area such as journalism or communications is usually required to work as a writer or author. These professionals present information in writing; they might write fiction stories, or they may research topics and write non-fiction material for books, magazines, brochures, or other sources of print or online information. Writers and authors need to be capable of using written language to effectively communicate ideas and information to their readers.


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