ELLLO English Listening Lesson Library Online

ELLLO is an online collection of free listening, reading, and vocabulary practices for English language learning. The resources on the website are Creative Commons – teachers and students can use the audio, videos, lessons, games, and quizzes for free.  You do not need an account to access the resources. There is also an option to purchase a thousand downloadable mp3s files.

Tool Snapshot

Price Free
Learning Behaviorism, Cognitivism
Ease of Use ★★★★✩
Privacy ★★★★★
Accessibility ★★★★★
Class Size Any
Cost ★★★★★
ISTE*S Empowered Learner, Knowledge Constructor, Global Collaborator

Elllo was designed in 2003 by Todd Beuckens an English language teacher based in Japan.  It is constantly updated and maintained. On his web page, Todd asserted that “The aim of the site it to make learning English fun, effective, and free and to provide teachers and students with materials that you cannot find in traditional textbooks” (source). Find about more about  Todd Beuckens on his twitter page  https://twitter.com/elllotweet. The resources on the site are oriented to young adults and adults.

The website developer maintains a sister site that offers listening activities and games in Spanish as well http://www.spanishlistening.org/. There is another similar website for French listening resources developed by a French teacher ww.frello.org/.

ELLLO Overview Video

ELLLO & the SAMR Model

Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool.

Here is an example of how ELLLO fits the SAMR model:

  • Substitution: Learners can practice using the website exercises instead of worksheets.
  • Augmentation: ELLLO offers learners a variety of accents and stories from all over the world, which enhances traditional textbook-based learning.
  • Modification: Learners can customize their own learning plan. They can select the level they are interested in and the type of activities that can help them improve listening skills and vocabulary.
  • Redefinition: All sources are creative commons, therefore students and teachers can adapt and remix the materials.

Learning Activities

ViewsThis category includes natural conversations about several topics. Users can select them according to country, topic or level.  There is an option for curated lists according to level. Check out this example on a conversation about Japanese Culture.

Japanese Culture

MixerThis section collects 6 people from different countries answering to one question. You can check this example in which people from Canada, Mexico, and England share their opinions about the heroes they look up to.

Elllo Bob Dylan Mixer pic

GamesGames help contextualize the conversations. Users have to listen to a piece of a conversation, read a question,  and pick up the corresponding image.  Check this game about aquarium animals.

Listening game Aquarium

VideosMaybe one of my favorite activities is one-minute videos that feature stories from speakers from around the world. A transcript and a quiz are included, sometimes a printable worksheet is also available.


One minute English videoGilliland, B. (2015). Listening logs for extensive listening practice. Language Learning Beyond the Classroom, 13.

McCaughey. (2015). Practical Tips for Increasing Listening Practice Time. In English Teaching Forum, . 53 (1).

Sinha, G. (2016). Connecting Lives Inside and Outside the Classroom: Why and How to Implement Technology in the Language Learning Classroom. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology, International Journal of Social, Behavioral, Educational, Economic, Business and Industrial Engineering, 10(3), 824-827.


All images sourced from elllo.org