Have you always stuck in front of the small vocabulary notebooks or the newspaper readings recommended by your teachers? Have you thought about using the Net? E-learning is developing at a high speed for languages.
On specialized sites, there are Grammar lessons, and especially interactive application exercises: you complete hole exercises by choosing an option, you continue reading this and you are given the correction. Sometimes the corrections are sent to you by email. Your answers, your errors are sometimes recorded: sites provide you with curves with your progress, others take into account your mistakes to offer you new exercises. Various vocabulary exercises, with lists by themes, on images, etc. Short films, sketches, cartoons, with the sound, sometimes the written script, to work the ear. TV shows, radio, and podcasts (radio programs to download on MP3), to work on listening comprehension, accents, knowledge of Anglo-Saxon media. Pronunciation exercises by voice recognition: you repeat until the pronunciation is good. Classes in “virtual classes” or in front of a teacher via a webcam: you follow in class ‘face to face’ but at a distance. Discussion forums in English, or “language dating” sites: you exchange with a correspondent who can possibly teach you his language. Games, songs, weather reports, etc.