After finishing a language course in another country it is very easy to just return home and forget everything that you’ve studied! Once you’ve finished a Spanish language course in Spain there are lots of ways in which you can ensure that you can maintain your level! Here is some advice!
Reading books in a foreign language can be extremely daunting, so the best way to start is to look online for newspaper articles to practise with. Online articles are relatively short and the language used isn’t too complicated to understand for a learner. You can gradually build up your understanding and translation skills and then move on to novels! I personally started with books that I had already read in English so that I already knew the plot (this helps a lot!). I managed to find the Spanish versions relatively cheaply online too!
There are lots of ways in which you can come across Spanish language TV programs and films online (with or without subtitles). Watching films is a brilliant way to maintain your oral understanding of a language; much more so than reading a grammar book or studying vocabulary. I myself have benefited from watching foreign-language films and taking note of things that I do not fully understand which I can then research afterwards. During my intensive language course at Escuela Delengua, in heart of Granada, there were a wide range of films (and books!) to borrow from their library. This helped me to learn even more outside of classes.
Just like watching a film, listening to the radio or music is also extremely beneficial. The aim is to train your ear in order to fully understand what you hear. A good way to do this is to put the radio on in the background whilst you are doing other things so that you can get used to hearing Spanish spoken in a wide range of accents.
Wherever you live, I can guarantee that there will be a local group who get together to take part in a language exchange. There are lots of Spanish speakers who would love to learn English and vice versa, so there are often get-togethers in local cafes for a chat as part of a language exchange. These are a fantastic way to ensure that you do not get out of practise! These meet-ups give you the chance to practise your Spanish with a native speaker and I have learned alot from my experience. Both before and after my Spanish language course at Escuela Delengua I took part in language exchange events and I found that it really boosted my confidence as a student of Spanish.