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 make sure that you choose something that is interesting for you!
Watch Television in English
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 – bbc.co.uk/worldservice/learningenglish
Listen to CDs or Podcasts
Many of the graded books are accompanied by a CD. 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
Speak 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?