A very interesting article, Tracey! Repeating sentences and summarizing what you have heard …. I will try this!
"two sterling podcast series on LingQ that specifically addressed the issue of listening comprehension and speaking ability".... could you tell us to which series on Lingq you are referring ?
Sure! Español Automático is a series that in general focuses on providing tools to listeners to improve their listening comprehension and speaking of Castilian Spanish. Lesson #72 provides a summary of some points Karo Martínez has made in her other podcasts/lessons regarding listening comprehension. Unlimited Spanish is also an intermediate-level series that uses content about different subjects about Spain to help students speak more readily. A Mi Aire is a podcast series by a Spanish woman who lives in Zurich. She doesn't talk about the process of learning but instead includes a new podcast weekly about two to three subjects relating to contemporary Europe, South American and Cuba. The topics are wide-ranging and her conversational style includes contemporary, useful expressions. There are other interesting/helpful podcast series on various subjects, all in the intermediate-low advanced range.
Keep in mind that my specific goal was not to increase my knowledge of vocabulary or grammar since I already had a solid foundation in both. Rather, my goal was to refresh my listening comprehension and speaking ability. With a few exceptions, I deliberately avoided newspaper articles and literature since I wanted contemporary, conversational material where I could listen to and understand most of what I was hearing. I did in fact learn new expressions along the way but it was not my priority. Having finished the challenge, I can now delve into some news items and more specialized material that interest me but lack audio. Yet I will make sure to include a good deal of listening without reading and of course I will summarize orally what I read and listen to.January 11 at 00:46