ESL Writing Prompts

Instructor: Adam Nystrom

Adam owns a Master's degree in Professional and Digital Media Writing. During his time as a graduate assistant, he developed lesson plans for upper-level English courses.

English can be one of the most difficult languages in the world to master. Read this article for some great ideas as you continue to work on your writing in English.

Exploring a Busy Venue

Take some time to consider the first things you noticed about a crowded public venue. Discuss the different clothing on people, the ages of those you saw, and physical features of the place. This will reinforce some of the basic vocabulary you are learning as part of your studies.

Reviewing the Arts

Pick a movie to watch at home that's in English, and try having the subtitles off while you're watching it. See how well you can decipher what the actors are saying, and write about your experience in interpreting their words and getting the gist of the plot.

Dining Out

Visit a restaurant and write about your experience. You could discuss the menu, how the establishment looks, the quality of the service you receive, and whether you think you would like to return to the restaurant in the future. If you're unhappy about your dining experience, write about what would have made it better.

Planning Ahead

As part of learning the English language, you likely have some idea of what to do once you become a fluent speaker. How do you plan to take advantage of your new skills? Will you use them in a new career, or do you have interest in becoming a translator? Speaking multiple languages opens up a ton of possibilities, and you can address as many as you want in your essay.

ESL Resources from's ESL course contains a number of chapters that'll help with your written English. The engaging video lessons have an average length of only about eight minutes and they can be watched on your computer or mobile device. Take chapter exams and lesson quizzes to quickly gauge your comprehension of the material.

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