ESL Video Lesson: Howl

Here is an ESL video lesson that uses animation to build vocabulary and fluency skills. It’s a four-part ESL activity.

The video is called Howl. It was made by students who graduated from Bezalel academy of Art and Design in Israel.

Howl from Natalie Bettelheim on Vimeo.

Howl from Natalie Bettelheim on Vimeo.

1. Key Vocabulary

  • shadow
  • crawl
  • chew
  • growl
  • lamppost
  • moonlight
  • secret passage


Brainstorm the word HOWL. What does it mean, What ideas come to your head when you think of howling.


Watch the video. Make notes about 2 different kinds of things. One is the activities that are part of daily life. Second, the unusual things you see in the video.


Now, make a summary of the story with your partner.

Talk about the main plot, the main events, the location, the characters, the daily activities, the surprises and the ending. Does this story have a message? What’s the point?

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