I find that my listing skills in French are well behind my reading and speaking skills in the language. I am at Intermediate 1 level and understand about 80 - 90% of an article when I read it, but if I was to just listen to the same article before reading it I am lucky if I understand 20%.
No doubt other people experience the same thing but I definitely have a weakness with listening as I attend a small French conversation group and although I am probably the best at speaking and reading, I seem to be one of the worst at understanding the speaking within the group.
I am keen to hear members views, particularly those who might have a similar problem, on the most efficient way within LingQ of improving listening skills. Is it:-
Listening to an article two or three times without reading it first, trying to understand it. Only on reaching the limits of understanding in listening, reading it to get a fuller understanding, or;
Reading the article first, then listening to it whilst reading at the same time, then listening only to see how much is understood (clearly much more), or;
Halfway between the two above, i.e. reading the article first then listening without reading along and trying to get fuller understanding.
There may better ways than these three. I find 1, above difficult and frustrating and do not look forward to it. I enjoy doing 2 above and although it makes me spend more time with the language, I am not sure it is the most effective method.
I would be most interested in members thoughts.