Lecturers impart specialized knowledge about a particular subject, typically in a higher education setting. Depending on region, these individuals may work at a single location on a full-time basis as instructors or they may be employed on a part-time basis and lecture in various places. The pathway to become an English lecturer is similar in either instance, however. Namely, individuals should pursue a master's or doctorate degree in an English related discipline, and eventually focus on gaining expertise in a concentrated area. If one wishes to become an English lecturer, an affinity for English studies and a willingness to work one's way up the teaching ranks is also important.
An English lecturer in some regions will give prepared presentations about topics of interest in English literature and the English language. This type of lecturer may not hold employment in any one particular place, but may travel and talk with groups of people in various locations as adjunct professors who have no tenure or research duties. In other regions, however, English lecturer is considered a high ranking which is equivalent to the position of assistant professor. Individuals in this role teach higher education and oversee research projects.
In either case, those seeking to become an English lecturer should have one overriding attribute: a love for the English language. Both teaching and lecturing ideally necessitate a passion for whatever subject matter is under consideration. Passion will more likely lead to intense study and a deep understanding of the subject matter that is vital for an English lecturer's success.
As for educational requirements, both an English lecturer will likely require a good degree of higher education. A master's degree is the typical standard for most lecturer job openings. Focusing on a particular area of English — such as Shakespearean studies — will also prove helpful, particularly for traveling lecturers. Specialized knowledge and expertise will make a prospective lecturer more attractive to individuals who book appearances, so individuals pursuing this route may also wish to obtain a doctorate degree.
Individuals wishing to secure steady employment at one location as an English lecturer or professor should focus on a solid academic background. At the undergraduate level, a degree in General English or English Literature with high grade marks will likely provide a sound foundation for students striving to become an English lecturer. A minor in education can provide further familiarity with teaching basics. The master's or doctorate degree will most likely follow. Sound reading, research, and writing skills are vital, as most upper-level programs require the completion of a comprehensive and original research work known as a thesis or dissertation.
Prospective English lecturers should also gain experience. Any teaching opportunities offered during educational pursuits should be undertaken. Entry level lecturers will likely have to build a resume of part-time positions before the opportunity to become an English lecturer full-time is available.