Self-Published Books by Jackie Bolen

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Side Gigs for Teachers: Ways to Actually Make Money

Are you a teacher who wants to make a bit of extra cash in your spare time? Then you’ll need to check out this book of side gigs that fit well with the skills and schedules that teachers have. What would it mean to you to have an extra couple hundred dollars each month? Get your side hustle on! This book will help inspire you.

How to Get a University Job in South Korea: The English Teaching Job of Your Dreams

All the information you need to help you get one of the best English teaching jobs in the world. 12 teaching hours a week with 5 months paid vacation sounds pretty good, right? The competition for these jobs is intense so get a leg-up by reading this book and get the job of your dreams.

The Wealthy English Teacher: Teach, Travel, and Secure Your Financial Future

Personal finance for English teachers living abroad. It’s the book you really can’t afford not to read and has plenty of advice about paying off debt, building a pool of money and then investing in the stock market to ensure long-term financial success. Use your time abroad in the best way possible and set yourself up for some financial awesome in your future.

Life After ESL: Foreign Teachers Returning Home

For those teachers abroad who are considering a move back to their home countries, but are perhaps a bit unsure about what to do for employment. It has plenty of solid advice from 55 people who’ve gone before in returning to their home countries after teaching ESL abroad and specific recommendations for jobs to consider.

How to Thrive in South Korea: 97 Tips from Expats

The ultimate guide for those who are new to South Korea. Get beyond just surviving and learn how to thrive so you can make your time in Korea as awesome as possible. There are tips from more than 20 long-term expat who’ve been leading some pretty amazing lives in the ROK.

The Ultimate Guide to Menstrual Cups: An Eco-Friendly, Safe, Affordable Alternative to Tampons

Do you want to save thousands of dollars over your lifetime, as well as reduce the amount of plastic you’re throwing into the trash? Thought so. Then you’ll need to check out the ultimate guide to menstrual cups for all the details, including history, how to choose one, and where to buy them.

109 Personal Finance Tips: Things you Should Have Learned in High School

Do you struggle with basic personal finance concepts? Maybe you feel like there are a ton of things you should have learned from your parents or teachers, but didn’t. Then this is most certainly the book for you. I cover more than a hundred of the most basic financial concepts, including credit cards, student loans, frugal living, the power of compound interest and more!

ESL Activities for Teenagers and Adults 

101 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults 

For teachers who like to save time on lesson planning. If you’re tired of searching around on the Internet to find a new game or activity to use in your classes, you’ve found the right book. It’s so easy. All you have to do is go to the section you want (4-skills, listening + speaking, reading, writing, warm-up/icebreakers) and you’ll find engaging, fun and student-centred ESL activities that your students will love. The descriptions are very detailed so it’s easier than ever to just open up the book, choose an activity or two and get to class! Perfect for busy teachers.

English Teacher Emergency: No Textbook, No-Prep, No Materials ESL Activities and Games

Do you frequently get last minute classes from the admin at your school and only have a few minutes to prepare for them? Yes? Most of us do! Then you’ll most certainly need to pick up this book filled with almost 50 ESL activities and games that require no preparation, no textbook and no materials besides pens and paper or a whiteboard. If that’s not some ESL teaching gold, then I’m not sure what is!

ESL Writing Activities, Games & Teaching Tips: Practical Ideas for the Classroom

If you teach writing to beginners, intermediates or adults, then you’ll want to check out this book of writing activities, along with tips for teaching ESL writing. There are dozens of top-notch activities and games, along with everything else you need to make your English writing classes successful.

39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Grammar Activities and Games: For Teenagers and Adults

If you teach English grammar, then this is the book for you. It’s filled with dozens of fun, engaging activities and games that will help bring important grammar concepts to life. Make learning English fun and exciting with this top-notch book. Try out some new things in the classroom today!

39 ESL Icebreakers: For Teenagers and Adults

For teachers who want to get their semester started off on the right foot by breaking the ice. You can help the students feel comfortable with each other and also with you in order to make the rest of the course go more smoothly for everyone. If you’re tired of wading through the junk on the Internet looking for stuff that you can actually use in your classroom, you’ve come to the right place! More than three dozen games and activities that your students will actually enjoy. Lesson planning made easy so you can have more time for the stuff you really love to do.

39 ESL Warm-Ups: For Teenagers and Adults

The book you need if you’re an English teacher who wants to start their classes off on the right foot. Get your students active and engaged right from the start-it can really go a long way towards ensuring that the rest of your lesson is as stellar as possible. I guarantee that both you and the students will be happy!

39 ESL Vocabulary Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

What you need to make teaching vocabulary less boring than it usually is. It can be the most tedious thing ever to work on vocab in your ESL classes but it doesn’t need to be with these fun, engaging and interactive ESL vocab activities for teenagers and adults. Try them out and I’m sure your students will love them, and you.

39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

For anyone who teaches ESL speaking or conversation classes to teenagers or adults and wants to make their classes as awesome as possible, both for themselves and the students. The best thing about it is that you can save a ton of time when lesson planning, guaranteed. This means more time to go do what you really love instead of planning lessons.

39 Awesome 1-1 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

Will help any teacher who does private tutoring classes. These can be kind of hard to plan for because the ESL games and activities that you’d use with larger classes often won’t work. But, this book is lesson planning made easy, guaranteed.

39 ESL Review Games and Activities: For Teenagers and Adults

Do you teach a lot of concepts but your students struggle to remember any of them? This is normal when learning a language and all too common because we neglect review. Get some inspiration, along with practical tips and activities for what you can do for review in your class. Spice things up and help your students remember what they learned!

ESL Activities for Kids by Jackie Bolen

39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Kids (7+)

The ultimate resource for anyone who teaches speaking or conversation classes to kids, age 7+. Never run out of ideas for fun and interesting games and activities again! This book contains over three dozen games and activities which are classroom tested and have proven results.

39 ESL Warm-Ups: For Kids (7+)

What you need if you teach kids and want to get them energized and ready for the lesson, right from the start of class. The book contains 39 classroom tested games and activities from 2 teachers with over 20 years of classroom experience that are guaranteed to work for you. Try them out and get your classes started the right way.

39 ESL Vocabulary Activities: For Kids (7+)

Will help you teach vocabulary to kids in an interesting, engaging and fun way. It’s going to save you a ton of time when planning awesome classes and it’s the book every ESL teacher should have in their personal library.

501 Riddles and Trivia Questions: For Kids (7-13)

The book you need in your personal library if you teach elementary school kids. It’s got 501 interesting riddles and trivia questions, ranging from very easy to difficult. There are PDF files that you can print out to have worksheets ready to go in seconds. They’re perfect for time-fillers, warm-ups, early finisher activities, or group projects.

ESL Classroom Management: Tips and Tricks for Teachers of Students Ages 6-12

The book you need to help you avoid the chaos that can come with your first few months teaching English to elementary school students. Trust me-kids quickly learn who knows what they’re doing and who doesn’t. Be the former, not the latter.

For English Learners

Study Tips to Learn English Faster: Become Fluent Quickly and Easily

Do you want to improve your English skills in a big way? Then you’re most definitely going to want to check out this book about study tips you can use to improve your English skills. It covers reading, writing, listening, speaking and more. There’s a tip for every day of the year!

71 Ways to Practice English Speaking: Tips for ESL/EFL Learners

Jennifer Booker Smith and Jackie Bolen’s first book for English language learners. They take the advice they gave students during 30 years of teaching ESL/EFL and put it all into one single place! If you want to speak English more fluently, this is the book you’ll need to check out. What would it mean for you to be able to speak English more freely?

71 Ways to Practice English Listening: Tips for ESL/EFL Learners

Do you struggle with English listening? Maybe you have a hard time following a conversation, or can’t understand anything when you watch English TV or movies. Maybe your score on the IELTS or TOEIC listening sections are very low. If this is the case, then you’ll need to pick up this book! There are 71 tips to help you improve your English listening. The best part about them? They’re fun, interesting, and not boring ways to help you get better at listening!

71 Ways to Practice English Reading: Tips for ESL/EFL Learners

If you want to improve your English reading skills, this is the book for you! Jackie Bolen and Jennifer Booker Smith have taken the advice they’ve given students during their 30 years teaching ESL/EFL students and put it into a single book. What would it mean for your career, or education to be able to read easily and fluently?

71 Ways to Practice English Writing: Tips for ESL/EFL Learners

A lot of ESL/EFL students find writing in English quite difficult. It’s mostly because they don’t practice it very often. However, practice makes perfect. In this book, there are 71 ways to help you get better at English writing. Are you ready to get started?