Presenting, the 2014 “Improve your listening” challenge!
You’ll understand spoken Italian better.
Practice what I preach
I’ve been teaching languages for over two decades now, but it has been a while since I was actually learning a language, at least at a beginner/elementary level.
My Italian is quite advanced, so it wouldn’t really be fair for me to lead a “listening challenge” aiming to improve my own understanding of Italian, but not facing the same difficulties as you might do.
But, thirty years ago I got an O-level in French. That’s the exam we Brits do at age 16.
Since then I’ve done no courses in French, never lived there, visited very infrequently, and have basically no connection with the language or the country whatsoever.
In short, I have no interest in French, and a very, very limited ability to speak or understand it.
That changes tomorrow, when the “expert” (me) has a go at improving his listening level in a foreign language, setting out as he does so what he’s doing, and why.
Step by step.
All you have to do to improve your Italian listening is follow along.
You might agree or disagree. But you’ll be going in the right direction.
And the more people who get involved, and share ideas, by commenting on the articles, the more everyone will learn, both from my experience, and by sharing your own experiences.
2014 “Improve your listening” challenge, outline
This is the “teachery” bit.
You’d expect a teacher to know where he or she is going with a lesson, and with a course of lessons. That’s what we get paid for, right?
Usually, though, I don’t get to teach myself.
So in this case, a bit of experimentation is to be expected.
But I do have a pretty good idea of what I want to achieve.
First I’m going to work out what my existing level in French listening comprehension is (and show you how to do the same for your Italian).
Then I’m going to try a variety of things to improve that level, over a period that is long enough to bring results.
And I’ll be working on different ways to keep my motivation high, while I put the in the work necessary to achieve the desired effect.
Finally, I’ll evaluate my progress to see if I’ve improved.
And consider what I’ve learnt about how to learn.
And define my future goals, if any.
If you’re willing to follow along, you should end up with a “road-map” that works for you to improve your Italian listening comprehension.
And have a lot of fun, of course.
Without spending a cent.
What to do right now
I want you to leave a comment:
“Ci sto” (I’m in!) Plus maybe a brief intro (in English or Italian, your choice).
Who you are. Where you are. Why you want to improve your listening in Italian.
That way participants can get to know one another.
Don’t hesitate to say “Ciao” by using the “Reply” button to respond to someone’s comment.
What happens next
I have a business to run, a payroll to meet, taxes to pay. So, there’s a limit to how much time I can devote to improving my French listening comprehension.
But with your enthusiasm and comments, I’ll find the time to regularly work on it, applying “best practice”, and writing up what works for me and what doesn’t, so you can give it a try yourselves.
I’ll also be reading your input with interest.
Expect a post or two a week, for about six weeks. That’s how long I estimate it will take me to improve my listening comprehension by about one level.