ESL New Year's Eve Writing Prompts

Instructor: Yolanda Reinoso Barzallo

Yolanda holds a CELTA Cambridge, a Juris Doctorate, and a Master of Public Administration. She is a published author of fiction in Spanish.

When the end-of-the-year holidays are approaching, you can include New Year's Eve as a topic for writing. This lesson gives you some writing prompts that get your ESL students to describe this holiday, but also to express some interesting opinions.

New Year's Eve Writing Purpose

As an ESL teacher, you usually take advantage of a holiday to give your students a topic to write about. New Year's Eve is a great holiday because any writing topic you give your ESL students has a double purpose. First, your ESL students get to write about something fun. Second, you get to check their progress with vocabulary and grammar. However, to make the topic of New Year's Eve an interesting one, we can include some writing prompts that go beyond description. We can also include topics that get your ESL students thinking about the significance of this holiday. Let's take a look at some writing prompts.

Writing Prompts

For all the prompts below, it's always a good idea to have your ESL class brainstorm for a few minutes to come up with some vocabulary that relates to New Year's Eve. This way, your students have a tool to begin their writing work. New Year's Eve vocabulary can include but is not limited to words like fireworks, streamers, masks, balloons, etc. You can add the words that your students don't list during the brainstorming activity. Now, let's go over some descriptive writing prompts before moving onto prompts that elicit opinions and suggestions.

Prompts for Descriptive Writing

These prompts use different tenses and grammar structures. You can choose which according with your ESL class level.

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