If you spent just one hour a week doing your job, how long would it take you to get promoted?
If you spent just one hour a week training for a marathon, how long would it be before you were able to run the distance?
If you spend just one hour a week learning or practising English, how long will it take you before you can speak the language confidently and fluently?
I think you’ll agree that, in each of those cases, the desired result is unlikely to happen.
You need to put in the time
My point is this: if you want to speak English confidently and fluently to the level required in professional situations, you need to dedicate time to learning and practising it.
One hour a week with a teacher or language coach is a great start and can be extremely beneficial if used correctly, but it’s not enough on its own.
In between the sessions, you need to read, write, speak and listen to English regularly.
You can read news articles, interviews with people you’re interested in, or a novel or book on a topic of interest.
You can write emails or reports, keep a journal, or write sentences in which you put into practice recently learned grammar or vocabulary.
You can listen to podcasts or watch videos, TV series or films.
For speaking, you can practise delivering a presentation, preparing for a meeting or hold a conversation with yourself.
You can then take advantage of the sessions with your teacher or language coach to raise any doubts and ask any questions that you have. This will give you the opportunity to practise the most useful language that has come up so your teacher or language coach can help, guide and correct you as necessary in order for you to be able to use the language well.
The clients I have who do this are the ones who improve most quickly.
There are no shortcuts. If you want to do anything well in life, you have to put in the time and effort. That includes learning a language and being able to speak it well.