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English Listening Lesson Library Online (ELLLO): Describe Your Apartment

Example Web Site and/or Technical Equipment Required


Website Example:

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Computer(s), Internet access, projector (optional), speakers or headphones

Activity Description

Use this listening exercise (a video) and quiz with beginning level students when teaching about housing. See the More Ways section below for many other topics found at this site which could be used in a similar manner.


  1. Make sure that the site is not blocked at your school and that the computer you will use to play the Flash video has the appropriate plug-ins..
  2. Practice using the site yourself before having students use it.
  3. Set speaker volume to an appropriate level.


  1. Visit the Example Web Site (above).
  2. Preview the questions by selecting Video Quiz (see the right hand panel) in order to focus the listening.
  3. Select the play button on the video player. Listen once with captions off.
  4. Listen again, as needed, with captions on. Select CC on the video player to turn on captioning.
  5. Take the quiz by selecting the answers to each question (there are three total). Select Check Answers.
  6. As desired and if you did not answer the questions correctly, listen once again and follow the script by reading the transcript below the video. (Note: The audio script can be hidden by selecting the minus (-) next to Hide / Show Transcript.)
  7. Take the quiz again.

Teacher Tips

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  • This site contains Flash. Adobe is finally planning to kill off Flash once and for all. Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Safari have all been blocking Flash over the past year, but Adobe is now planning to remove support for it fully by the end of 2020.

More Ways

  • The site contains more than 2,000 free listening lessons with many different accents in English from speakers around the world. See the site map  for all site content.
  • The site content is also searchable  by Level (levels 2- 7), Topic (appearance, culture, economics, education, environment, family, food, health, holidays, leisure, movies, music, nature, places, relationships, routines, shopping, sports, technology, travel, or work), Country of speakers, or Media (Audio, Video, Games, Scenes, News, Mixers).
  • Users can listen online or download and print lessons for offline and in-class use. Teachers can use it as a source for supplementary, authentic material in lessons.
  • Nearly all the audio is downloadable so teachers can either download the MP3 files for in class listening (you can burn them to a CD or play them from a mobile device) or if your classroom has a computer AV system, you can play the audio straight from the Web site. (To download any audio, just right click any blue audio link on the Web page and save it to your computer).
  • The lessons can also be printed. Most activities have print-friendly CSS, so the transcripts (with a quiz) can be printed and photocopied for in-class use.
  • A simple use of the audio transcripts is to have students read the dialogues in pairs, then answer the questions on the right, and then discuss the topic themselves.
  • Students can access the lessons from any computer connected to the Internet. Teachers can direct students to one particular activity, assign a particular lesson for homework, or let students choose a lesson of interest.


  • Beginning Literacy
  • Beginning Low
  • Beginning High


Basic Communication

  • (0.1) Communicate in interpersonal interactions
  • (0.2) Communicate regarding personal information

Basic Communication

  • (1.4) Understand methods and procedures to obtain housing and related services

Basic Communication

  • (7.4) Demonstrate study skills

Basic Communication

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OTAN activities are funded by contract CN200091-A2 from the Adult Education Office, in the Career & College Transition Division, California Department of Education, with funds provided through Federal P.L., 105-220, Section 223. However, OTAN content does not necessarily reflect the position of that department or the U.S. Department of Education.