Warm-up Question:
What occasion is the most festive in your culture? When do people party and celebrate most?

ESL Conversation Questions:

  1. Was 2018 a good year for you? What were some of your highlights or low points?
  2. What good or bad events happened in the world in 2018?
  3. Did you achieve any goals in 2018? Did you keep resolutions that you made at the beginning of the year?
  4. When does the new year start for you? From January 1st, or from a different day?
  5. How do people in your culture celebrate the New Year? Is it usually a family celebration or more of a party with friends?
  6. What is usually on television on New Year’s Eve? On New Year’s Day? Do you enjoy watching TV around this time of year?
  7. In your culture, do people give cards or gifts at the New Year? If so, to whom do you send cards or give gifts?
  8. Do you associate any special foods with the end of the year? What are they?
  9. What are your plans for New Year’s Eve? Who will you spend the time with?
  10. At the end of the year, are there public holidays in your country? How much time do people usually get off from work?
  11. What are your plans for 2019?
  12. Will you make any New Year’s resolutions for 2019? What do you intend on doing differently in the next year?
  13. How do you make your New Year’s resolutions? Do you write them down? Do you tell other people about your plans?
  14. At the beginning of 2019, what is the biggest challenge facing humanity? Do you think 2019 will bring us closer to solving this problem?
  15. Do you have a good feeling about 2019? Are you optimistic or pessimistic?
  16. Which year has been the best of your life so far? What made it so good?
  17. The year 2019 coincides with the Year of the Pig in the Chinese Zodiac. What does this mean to you?
  18. Can you make any predictions about 2019? What significant events will happen? What products or companies will be successful? What trends or fashions will be popular?