Read English regularly
It is possible to find graded readers (similar to short stories) which you may enjoy. Make sure that you choose a graded reader which you find interesting and is not too difficult – something you can read without using a dictionary. Newspapers, novels and magazines are all helpful and usually available online. Just remember that you don’t have to understand every word you do not recognise: try to work out the meaning from the context.
Watch Television in English
Watch films or TV with English subtitles: doing this will help you with pronunciation and to learn new vocabulary and idiomatic language.
Try BBC News 24 or CNN on satellite or cable. Also, listen to the BBC World Service on the radio –
bbc.co.uk/worldservice. The World Service has a special section for learners of English which includes e-mail discussion, guides, text and pictures to support radio programmes and examples of English –
Listen to Authentic Materials
Keep your listening practice short. Breakingnewsenglish.com has over 4000 FREE lessons online, all with listening at different levels. Why not search for a topic you are interested in?
Many of the graded books are accompanied by recorded texts. Why not listen while you are travelling to work? If you enjoy listening to podcasts, don’t forget that the BBC has hundreds of different programmes available for download – just make sure you download them before leaving the UK. – bbc.co.uk/podcasts
Ted Talks are a great way to improve your listening skills and extend your vocabulary of current affairs. They are also very useful for improving presentation style and techniques. https://www.ted.com/talks
Practise English at every opportunity
Join a conversation class or an English speaking club. If you have friends who also enjoy speaking English, why not arrange the occasional ‘English Evening’, maybe with English food and music?
Writing is one of the best ways to practise and remember new language. Why not try writing a journal in English every day?
Continue using the techniques for language learning that you learnt in class. These may include mind maps, vocabulary cards or post-its, recycling techniques and prioritisation of language. Above all, keep on reviewing your work!