Josephine, who teaches conversational English in a church community group, said she gets her participants to engage in the language using role play.
"I teach people in their 20s to people in their 60s who are mainly women," she said.
"I find a lot of the people are happy to be engaged but find it hard to speak English at home, which is a big drawback. I encourage them to speak one hour a day."
Find a partner
There are numerous language apps and courses run by community groups and colleges that teach adult language classes.
However the best method to advance your proficiency is to find situations where you can use the language authentically, rather than speaking in set introductory phrases that are usually taught in classes.
Dr Willoughby suggested finding a language exchange partner online so you can set up regular Skype chats and take turns speaking to each other in your native tongue.
"The best way is interacting with people who understand what you're trying to stay and help you or ask for clarification if something is not clear," she said.""Try to use it in a restaurant to order food, or finding someone online to talk to to do a language swap."
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