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An Extraordinarily Touching (& Must-Watch) Video


Here’s an extraordinarily touching short video about a blind dog found among some garbage. It’s going to be hard for most people, including my ESL students, not to get a few tears in their eyes. I’ll show it to students after our Winter Break next week and then we’ll write sentences about happened in the film.

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Thank you, Larry. It is so nice to see that not only are you the ICT meister, but also an extremely humane individual. I will also use this with my students, but can I suggest instead of getting your students to write sentence responses, that they attempt mini paragraphs? I have had so much more success using those, and students contextualize the topic much better. You could even encourage new vocabulary or linking words as a secondary focus?

    • David,

      Thanks for the suggestion! I do have my high Intermediate level students write paragraphs, but for most of my low-Intermediates and Beginners, a paragraph on a brand-new topic where we haven’t had any previous experience does not set them up for success.


  2. No, I agree Larry about the neccesity for caution, but I only use mini paragraphs where the students write three sentences. It just means they have to think a bit more about their ideas regarding the prompt. By the way, here is a link to a tildee I just made for the video you posted. You will see I have added EQs at the end since I want to give more than just comprehension/surface questions.

    I hope you can maybe use it in the same context? an altruistic crossover from Istanbul to Sacramento πŸ™‚

  3. Yeah, we work them as “videofridays” and now the students make them as “videomondays”. The beautiful part about this idea is that students have to spend time choosing the video on the weekend as they are expected to prepare EQs as well as some Blooms surface to mid-depth qs. They have really taken it on board, and these students are also pre-inter to intermediate. They can cope if they are scaffolded and shown some models. A real success for ICT in ELT

  4. Thank you for sharing!

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