ELLLO English Listening Lesson Library Online


ELLLO is an online collection of free listening, reading, and vocabulary practices for English language learning. You do not need an account to access the resources.

ELLLO homepage screenshot
ELLLO homepage screenshot

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 Overview

Elllo was designed in 2003 by Todd Beuckens, an English language teacher based in Japan. The site 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: @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.

ELLLO Overview Video

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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:

Learning Activities


This 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


This section collects 6 people from different countries who answer 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


Games 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


Maybe 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 video


Hadi, M. S., Izzah, L., & Fudiantari, S. M. (2021). The Use of ELLLO in Improving Teaching Listening to Students. Ethical Lingua: Journal of Language Teaching and Literature, 8(1), 86-89.

Palangngan, S. T., Atmowardoyo, H., & Weda, S. (2016). English Listening Lesson Library Online (ELLLO) as a Supporting Media in Learning Listening. ELT WORLDWIDE" Journal Of English Language Teaching", 3(1), 51-62.

Image Sources

All images sourced from elllo.org. 

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Access it online or download it at https://edtechbooks.org/onlinetools/elllo-english-listening-lesson-library-online.