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Some delicious links for ESL teachers

As you know, I am also a certified ESL teacher. I love teaching children and adults. It gives me great pleasure to see their progress and to realise that I took part in their growth. And in October 2009 I started something completely new for me - teaching English through Skype. It's a totally new experience as I have to use some totally different methods in order to organize an effective teaching process.
Since I started teaching English through Skype I found some excellent links for both adults and kids. So I decided to share those resources with you and if you know of other interesting links I'd appreciate it if you shared them with me ;)
So here are the best links:
http://www.britishcouncil.org/kids-games.htm - site for kids with different ESL games, stories, songs etc.
http://www.kiddierecords.com/2006/index.htm - lots of audio-books for children
http://www.anglomaniacy.pl/ - another great website for children, mainly with basic level of English
http://bogglesworldesl.com/kids_worksheets/index.htm - worksheets for young learners
http://esl.about.com/od/beginningenglish/ig/Basic-English/- one of my favourite websites
http://www.englishmedialab.com/vocabulary.html - lots of great topics and vocabulary
http://www.esl-lab.com/ - excellent website for adults
http://www.ted.com/themes/atoz - this website could be a great resource for students with at least an intermediate level of English
http://www.englishclub.com/learn-english.htm - a valuable resource that covers some topics that other websites don't even touch upon
http://www.teachchildrenesl.com/flashcards.htm - lots of great flashcards and other resources to use for traditional (I mean off-line) classes
http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbtenseintro.html - sometimes I use this website when I'm short of grammar exercises
Hope somebody will also find these links helpful!

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