When I was in a middle school, my English textbook consisted of only parts of reading and grammar. The style of my class was teacher centered. So most English classes were boring. We just had to listen to teachers without any reponse. However there were a few great teachers who tried to motivate us to have an interest in English. I was so excited about my English class and looked forward to having it because of one special teacher.
He was old at that time , looked over 50, and very thin wearing glasses all the time. He looked like E.T which was a maincharacter of a famous SF movie. And he was an English Teacher. So he was called E.T because of these two reasons.
His class was always exciting and impressive to me. He introduced some poetry and many beautiful popsongs including 'on a wagon' sung by Carpenters who pronounced lyrics very clearly and beautifully
All the lyrics she sang sounded like beautiful poetry. That made us sing along all the songs delightfully. I think he provided me special motivation of my interest in language, English learning.
In fact it goes without saying that learning English as a second language is very hard in EFL environment. In Korea, it is also hard to learn speaking English skills. When I look back on my studying days, I have tried to expose to English environment which contains listening to radio' EBS programs, watching TV or, using internet, participating in clubs, taking exams related to English and so on. Even a few years ago it was rare to meet native speakers so I attended the classes in some foreign language institutes to improve my English speaking ability.
But I was not stressed while I was doing all the activities. I think this is the most important to keep me study language learning continuously. My learning English is kind of my hobby. Sometimes I quitted studying when I was exhausted, but I would like to do again because I really continue to learn until I am good at speaking English. Steadies and enjoyment are important to aquire something. In particular they can apply to learning a language as well.