Mother’s Day is a heartfelt celebration that offers ESL students a chance to explore themes of family, gratitude, and cultural traditions. The questions below are designed for various English proficiency levels, encouraging students to discuss their own experiences, traditions, and feelings about this special day.

A2 Level

  1. What is Mother’s Day?
  2. How do you celebrate Mother’s Day?
  3. What gifts do you give your mother on Mother’s Day?
  4. Why is it important to celebrate Mother’s Day?
  5. Can you describe your mother or a mother figure in your life?
  6. What are some ways to say “Thank you” to mothers?
  7. Do you have a special meal on Mother’s Day?
  8. How do you make Mother’s Day special?
  9. What is your favorite memory with your mother?
  10. Do you know any songs or poems about mothers?

B1 Level

  1. How is Mother’s Day celebrated in different countries?
  2. Why do you think mothers are important in our lives?
  3. What are some traditional Mother’s Day foods in your culture?
  4. Can you think of a story or movie about mothers?
  5. How do schools in your country celebrate Mother’s Day?
  6. What are some special words or phrases you associate with Mother’s Day?
  7. How can we show appreciation for mothers every day?
  8. What are some challenges mothers face?
  9. How has the role of mothers changed over time?
  10. What are some unique ways to celebrate Mother’s Day?

B2 Level

  1. Discuss the historical origins of Mother’s Day in various cultures.
  2. Analyze the significance of motherhood in society.
  3. How do media and advertisements portray Mother’s Day?
  4. Discuss the impact of Mother’s Day on the economy.
  5. How do single fathers or guardians celebrate Mother’s Day?
  6. Explore the theme of motherhood in literature and art.
  7. How does Mother’s Day reflect societal values and norms?
  8. What role do grandparents or other relatives play on Mother’s Day?
  9. How can people who have lost their mothers celebrate Mother’s Day?
  10. Discuss the concept of motherhood beyond biological ties.

C1 Level

  1. Critically assess the commercialization of Mother’s Day.
  2. Explore the psychological impact of Mother’s Day on different family dynamics.
  3. Discuss the role of digital media in celebrating Mother’s Day.
  4. Analyze the cultural variations of motherhood celebrated on Mother’s Day.
  5. How does Mother’s Day address or neglect non-traditional families?
  6. Explore the intersectionality of motherhood with race, class, and ethnicity.
  7. Discuss the balance between celebrating and idealizing motherhood on Mother’s Day.
  8. Evaluate the environmental impact of Mother’s Day celebrations.
  9. How do feminist perspectives interpret Mother’s Day?
  10. Discuss the role of education in shaping children’s perceptions of Mother’s Day.

C2 Level

  1. Critique the societal expectations placed on mothers highlighted during Mother’s Day.
  2. Analyze the role of Mother’s Day in reinforcing or challenging gender roles.
  3. Explore the implications of globalization on the celebration of Mother’s Day.
  4. Discuss the impact of migration and diaspora on Mother’s Day traditions.
  5. Evaluate the role of Mother’s Day in promoting social change regarding maternal health and rights.
  6. Examine the portrayal of motherhood in social media during Mother’s Day.
  7. Analyze the influence of Mother’s Day on public policies related to family and motherhood.
  8. Discuss the commodification of affection and its relation to Mother’s Day.
  9. Explore alternative celebrations of motherhood and caregiving beyond Mother’s Day.
  10. Critique the narrative of perfection associated with motherhood on Mother’s Day.