A class forum

Learn how to write a post on a class forum.

Instructions

Do the preparation task first. Then read the text and tips and do the exercises.

Reading text

Add your comment below:

So cool to read about everyone's home tradition they miss the most! I'm from England but I've been living in the States for five years and the thing I miss the most is Bonfire Night on November 5th.

The best thing about Bonfire Night is the fireworks, oh, and the bonfires! … and the history behind it. Basically, Guy Fawkes and his friends tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament and kill King James I. They nearly did it too – they hired a room under the House of Parliament and filled it with explosives. But someone told the royal palace. The authorities found Guy Fawkes in the room guarding the explosives, and he was sentenced to torture and death.

So it's a tradition that celebrates the fact that the king survived. It also means people don't forget what happens if you plot against your country. There's a kind of poem about it that starts 'Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot.' That's why we build a 'guy' – a life-size model of Guy Fawkes – and burn it on the bonfire. Pretty dark and horrible when you think about it!

Tips

  1. It's nice to start by saying something that shows you have read other people's posts.
  2. In a class forum you can be quite informal.
  3. In informal writing you can sometimes miss out the beginning of a phrase:
    So cool to read about everyone's home tradition ...
  4. Remember, in a forum you are part of a long conversation with a lot of other people so they might ask you questions.

Discussion

Download
Worksheet88.72 KB

Language level

Do you need to improve your English writing skills?
Join thousands of learners from around the world who are improving their English writing skills with our live online classes and personal tutoring courses.
Average: 5 (1 vote)

Submitted by Gustavo Caroli… on Wed, 28/07/2021 - 04:01

Permalink
The tradition I like the most in my country, Brazil, is the Carnival, because it's a time when people dance, sing, party, so they are very happy and animated and forget about their problems. It's very exciting !
Profile picture for user Simon Nguyen

Submitted by Simon Nguyen on Thu, 22/07/2021 - 15:41

Permalink
Hello everybody! My name is Hoang Sang, you can call me Simon. I come from Vietnam. I have read some traditions of many different nations which were told in your comments. It's so much interesting! So I want to tell you about my nation's traditions too. In Vietnam, I think the best tradition is Lunar New Year. I will call it Tết (Tet) for more traditional. It is on the first day of the year, according to the Eastern calendar. On this occasion, all of the members of the family meet each other. There are some special foods in Tet, such as Chung cake, Day cake, some jams, Banh Tet... These foods are just cooked in Tet. Tet has 3 special days, all of its for a celebration of who has meaning with each people's life. I can write it basically: Mung 1 for Father Mung 2 for Mother Mung 3 for Teacher Lunar New Year has so many things that I want to share with you. But I think my comment is quite long. So if you have interested in my nation's tradition, do not hesitate to reply to my comment. Maybe it is a good chance to make a new friend :-] End of comment, have a nice day!

hey! that's really interesting! i am looking for online friend to impove my english level so if you are interested please let me know! here is my email ---------------------

Hello ulianalade,

I'm afraid our House rules (https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/house-rules) don't allow you to share personal information such as your email address, which is why we've removed it from your comment. You're welcome to write to other users in the comments, though!

Thanks in advance for your understanding.

All the best,
Kirk
The LearnEnglish Team

Profile picture for user iEdd

Submitted by iEdd on Thu, 15/07/2021 - 18:02

Permalink
The tradition I most like of my country is the Carnival of Barranquilla. All social classses mix up in the event, everyone enjoys and the happiness spread by over the place. This celebration also is the most important in my country, because of its duration in time and the tradiotion it carries.
Profile picture for user Lida Mey

Submitted by Lida Mey on Thu, 08/07/2021 - 16:49

Permalink
Hello. I think in Colombia there is one very important tradition, among others, it is the parade of the Militar Forces on 20th of July, the Independence day.

Submitted by Thinthinmyoe on Wed, 07/07/2021 - 11:09

Permalink
I like the water tradition in our country.

I'm from Myanamar. Glad to see you sis!I like our tradition named 'Thingyin Festival'. Most people like that, especially youths. There are 4 days called Akyo, Akya, Akyat and Atat in the festival. But, It could not be celebrated for two years because of the Covid-19.