Foreign Language and Literature Major Skills List

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Here's a list of the skills that employers seek when hiring Foreign Language and Literature majors. Skills vary by job, so also review these skills lists for a variety of different occupations.

Highlight the skills you acquired during your studies, internships and jobs held during college in your cover letters, resume and job applications.

Foreign Language and Literature Major Skills

A - E

  • Accessing Historical, Political and Cultural Documents in their Original Language
  • Adapting to Life Abroad
  • Adjusting to New Environments
  • Analyzing the Aesthetic Qualities of Poetry, Drama, Fiction and Film
  • Appreciating Cultural Differences
  • Arabic
  • Attention to Detail
  • Collaboration
  • Comparing and Contrasting the Structure of Different Languages
  • Conversing About Everyday Topics
  • Coordinating Events
  • Critical Thinking
  • Critiquing Writing
  • Drilling Vocabulary, Grammar and Sentence Structure
  • Exchanging Opinions Civilly
  • Explaining Cultural Phenomenon
  • Expressing Feelings and Emotions

F - M

  • Flexibility
  • French
  • German
  • Identifying Cultural Values
  • Interacting Effectively with Diverse People
  • Interpreting Foreign Literature
  • Interpreting Spoken Languages
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Leading Group Discussion
  • Listening Carefully
  • Locating Resources
  • Mandarin
  • Memorizing Vocabulary
  • Multitasking

N - R

  • Note Taking
  • Observational
  • Organizational
  • Persistence 
  • PowerPoint
  • Presentation
  • Problem Solving
  • Public Speaking
  • Reading 
  • Risk Taking
  • Russian

S - Z

  • Sharing Perspective About Literature
  • Spanish
  • Speaking Idiomatically
  • Stress Management
  • Study Skills
  • Summarizing Main Ideas
  • Taking on Challenges
  • Test Taking
  • Thinking Outside The Native Cultural Box
  • Time Management
  • Translating Languages
  • Understanding Customs in Other Cultures
  • Using Language Precisely
  • Verbal Communication
  • Writing Essays in a Foreign Language
  • Writing with Correct Grammar

More Lists of Skills
Here’s a list of skills employers are looking for, including soft skills, general skills, and hard skills for a variety of different jobs.

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