1. Listen to international music.
My Italian teacher (I also studied Italian for a few years) at Westmount Secondary School used to play us Italian songs and we would fill in the missing lyrics on a sheet that he prepared for us. I remember him showing us "Sanremo", the Italian music awards.
2. Watch foreign cinema.
Rent a DVD of a movie by Francois Truffaut, a French director, or Pedro Almodovar, a Spanish director.
3. Seek international news sources.
Read online newspapers or listen to foreign radio broadcasts.
4. Read foreign books or magazines.
Start with familiar stories ex. Harry Potter and then work your way up to the more difficult books. Subscribe to a French magazine ex. L'Actualite (French) or Spiegel (German).
5. Connect with others in foreign lands.
Websites connect English speakers with foreigners via teleconferencing, chat rooms or message boards.
6. Join a language club.
Many cities have language clubs which hold conversation circles. Visit the website Meetup.com for more information.
7. Serve as an E.S.L. tutor.
Check out your local library or community agency for tutoring opportunities.
8. Explore your neighbourhood.
Visit the local cultural clubs ex. Brantford has the Sonenhoff (German Club) or Rossini Lodge (Italian Club).
9. See the world.
Travel to countries where your second language is spoken. As a student, go on a foreign exchange.
10. Take a refresher course.
Enrol in a high school, college or university course.