English students sometimes say that they can’t find the opportunities to speak English outside of the classroom, especially when they are learning in their own country. One thing to do, is to find out if there are any international events in your area. Here in Sapporo, there are a few people who organise such gatherings, and I try to go along to them if I can. I find that people there really want to meet new people, and if they want to speak English, it is a great way for them to do so, when us English speakers show up.
In Sapporo, there is an organisation called FIFO – Furtherment of International Friendship Organisation http://www.fifojapan.org/ which organises parties every month in bars and clubs in Susukino. About 50 or more people go and there is a wide mix of ages.
Mika Furasawa also holds events, often at Hokudai, and she makes food and curry, and then everyone contributes their own food and drink.
Last night I went to another similar ‘pot luck’ (bring your own food and drink) party held near Sapporo Station、organised by Miyabi Miyazawa. The organisers made sure that we spoke to lots of different people, and we each gave a self introduction, in English or Japanese, and we also played charades, a miming gestures guessing game.
Both of these events were passed onto me through Facebook, so see if you can find any yourself.
I also know that at the International Communication Plaza in Sapporo they have English Speaking sessions where anyone can go along with the purpose of speaking English together. Check it out.
So, my point is, if you want to practice your English speaking outside the classroom, there ARE ways to do so. Good luck in your English Speaking hunt!