Regular lessons with a teacher means you don’t need to make all the decisions about how and what you learn.

Teaching yourself means you must know what you want to achieve – so set yourself realistic learning goals to help you along the way. It is important to work a little and often with English.

If you want to improve your listening skills, find time every day to listen to something in English – from ‘6 minute English’ on the BBC’s Learning English website to DVDs of English-speaking films. Download the words to your favourite songs in English and listen along to them.

To really boost your English you should find time to take a short intensive course in a small group in an English speaking country– this will really help your motivation.