Gain self-confidence: as you learn in your own secure environment you first gain confidence in your capacities to speak French. You will then quickly feel at ease when speaking in public, with the French. This will have a very positive effect on your learning, and the more you speak, the faster you improve!
Share your impressions and ideas during your stay in France: do not remain isolated, speak about your expat life, about the positive and negative aspects of France and the French.
Develop your skills in French through a training program based on real communication situations taking into consideration the cultural aspects.