I’m Jackie Bolen and I’ve been teaching English in South Korea for the past decade. I started working at hagwons (private language institutes) but soon got my first university job. I began teaching at a science and engineering university in the rice paddies of Chungcheonnam-Do where I worked for 5 years. I then moved to Busan where I worked in the English department at one of the largest private universities there for almost 4 years.
In my spare time, I can usually be found on a mountain, surfing a few waves, or riding my bike through the countryside. I’m also on a mission to find the best Korean supermarket, and the most delicious Korean restaurant in all of Vancouver.
In February 2016, I returned to my home country and now live in Coquitlam, BC (a suburb of Vancouver). I do some writing and website stuff, as well as work in the film industry. For a complete list of everything I have going on online, please see: www.jackiebolen.com.
University Jobs in Korea
One of the most common questions I get on this blog is how to get a university job teaching English in Korea, so I decided to write a book about it to help people get all the information that they need in one place. It’s the most comprehensive guide that will help you get a uni job in South Korea available and it’s guaranteed to help you avoid the most common mistakes job-seekers make as well as give you a leg-up on your competition.
It’s called How to Get a University Job in South Korea and you can get it easily on Amazon, even if you don’t have a Kindle reader. Simply download the app on any computer, smartphone or tablet.
A university job in Korea is one of the best ESL teaching gigs in the world!
Personal Finance for English Teachers Abroad
Most teachers go abroad for a bit of adventure and the chance to save some money or pay off student loans. I hope to help teachers, not only in Korea but around the world do this in the simplest and most efficient way possible. I want teachers to use their time abroad to set themselves up for financial awesome, just like working in South Korea set me up financially so that I now have way more options than I would have with lots of debt and no money in the bank.
Check out The Wealthy English Teacher on Amazon.
It really is possible to use your time abroad to set yourself up for financial success in the future.
ESL Speaking Activities
I love to design interesting, engaging and student-centered speaking activities for my students. 39 No-Prep/Low-Prep ESL Speaking Activities: For Teenagers and Adults is the result of that. Lesson planning made quick and easy, guaranteed and it’s basically a freebie at only $0.99!
Start your classes off on the right foot by getting your students active and engaged, ready to learn English. Ease them back into it before hitting them wit the serious stuff, you know? 39 ESL Warm-Ups: For Teenagers and Adults is the book that will help you do this.
Students excited about starting class, guaranteed
ESL Vocabulary Activities
If you want to help your students learn vocabulary the less tedious way, you’ll need to check out: 39 ESL Vocabulary Activities: For Teenagers and Adults. These activities and games will have your students learning and remembering English vocab in a fun, interesting and engaging way, guaranteed. Lesson planning made easy!
Vocab lessons that aren’t terrible!
If you’re like me, you like to get your classes started off on the right foot by breaking the ice and getting students familiar with you as well as each other. You’re also probably tired of wading through all the junk on the Internet to find that one activity that you can actually use. This is the book for you! 39 ESL Icebreakers for Teenagers and Adults has over three dozen classroom tested activities that are guaranteed to help your students get comfortable with each other. Lesson planning made easy so you can more time to do the stuff you really love to do.
Start your semester off the awesome way.
Activities for Private Teaching
Private teaching here in Korea is illegal so of course you wouldn’t do it. But, maybe you have a friend who does. In this case, you should recommend this book to them. If you’re the type who finds private teaching totally tedious and watches the minutes tick slowly by on the clock, help is here in the form of 39 Awesome 1-1 ESL Activities: For Teenagers and Adults! There are 39 fun, interesting and engaging activities for private teaching that’ll make it way less terrible for you, and awesome for the student.
1-1 teaching, the less tedious way.
Even more ESL Activities
If you’re looking for even more practical ideas for the classroom, you’ll need to check out ESL Speaking and ESL Activities. There are dozens of games and activity ideas that you can use in your classroom today.
How to Thrive in South Korea
All the tips you need for getting beyond just surviving your year or two in South Korea. They’re the ones that my friends and I wish we had figured out far sooner during our sojourn in the land of kimchi. Learn from our mistakes, newbies and make your time in Korea as amazing as possible. You can buy How to Thrive in South Korea: 97 Tips from Expats on Amazon now.
No more barely surviving South Korea.
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