Learner tip – Joining a forum

If you are really motivated to improve your English but you don’t get many opportunities for contact with English speakers, then joining a forum can be a fantastic way to practise from the comfort of your own home.

So what are the benefits of joining a forum?

  • VARIETY: You can choose any topic or hobby that you are interested in. The more interested we are in a subject, the more likely we are to remember language related to it so pick something you love – cycling, make-up, DIY, football, music – and immerse yourself in that world!
  • BUILDING CONTACTS: You might find, and stay in contact with, like-minded people giving you future opportunities to practise English.
  • READING: You will have lots of reading practice, and different types of reading as everybody will have a different style.
  • WRITING: You can write without worrying about your mistakes. Although correction is extremely useful, sometimes it’s nice to just get your thoughts out without analysing your grammar too much.
  • COMMUNITY: You’ll become part of a community and that is a supportive environment for learning.

Is it difficult to join a forum?
It’s very simple. You can just put your chosen topic into a search engine and find one there. For example, if you love tropical fish and have a fish tank, just search for ‘fish forum’! All you’ll need is a valid email address. Find out more about joining a forum here. Have fun 🙂

*Remember to be careful with personal details and security information when you are online.

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Nicki is a Cambridge qualified, experienced English teacher for foreign learners. She loves helping English learners to learn real English and communicate with confidence!

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