Hi! My name is Warleyalex. I am not a teacher nor a publisher, I am a self- taught LEARNER. Publishers and teachers usually (always?) want to make money (nothing wrong with that), LEARNERS want to learn as well and as fast as possible. And that's why our needs are completely different. The Procedure Crazy_Termometro will check my listening fluency level in a given week (I adapt this principle to podcast). Weird, isn't it?
PROCEDURE TForm1.Crazy_Termometro(Sender: Tobject);
Percentual : Double; //Percentual de proficiência desejada na semana
Tempo : Integer; //Número máximo de podcasts a estudar na semana
Podcast : Integer; //Número de minutos acumulados para estudar os podcast na semana
FormulaMagica : Variant; //Copiar a fórmula para a célula B1 no MS-Excel.
Percentual := 88%;
Podcast :=: 2;
Tempo := 480; // Informe na célula A1 no MS-Excel (o tempo estudado na semana).
FormulaMagica =(1 – EXP(1)^(A1*-6/1000))*0,93233648761381
IF FormulaMagica >= 88% THEN
“Proficient in Current Podcast, jump to another Pod”
ELSE “Listen more, not proficient YET”;
Procedure Crazy_Termômetro // listening fluency level
When native speakers are listening to spoken quickly as on CNN, they don't listen every word and think of the meaning of each word. It would take much too long and they also wouldn't be able to understand. Their brains are good at listening to only the important words and getting a feel for the general meaning. It's very hard to explain how are doing it exactly. If you are good at a sport or a musical instrument, it's hard to explain how explain you are doing it exactly, but one thing for sure, you need to practice a lot before you will be good. It's quite similar with improving English listening. Many people stop studying because they can't easily see how much they improve the listening ability. So I've always been puzzled how to set a timetable to achieve your improvements in English. How long it would take me to become “fluent”' of applied learning per podcast? “Fluent” means to understand 88% of the applied podcast without thinking. I set a smart tag to 88% per podcast cos it is a magic number. To reach 93% threshold could require too much time, so for most people, it makes more sense to acquire more language in another podcast. I adapt this principle to podcast and created this nuts formula just for fun to perform this.
=(1 – EXP(1)^(A1*-6/1000))*0,93233648761381
You just have to copy this MS-Excel formula to cell B1, you also should inform in cell A1, “how many minutes of understood listening you have been studying/week”.
e.g. I use 1 podcasts/week with long audio with texts (of the recording ~ 10min.); I break down the pod into small sceneparts (a scene is usually 2-4 minutes long). For example, so it would me 7 days to accumulate 480 minutes of understood listening to reach 88% of “fluency”. It's OK to divide your time during the day (you might listen 30 minutes in the morning, 30 minutes going to work, 30 minutes during lunch, 30 minutes going home, and 30 minutes before going to sleep). Firstly use finger reading; Don't open your yap; rewind each scenepart 5-10 times with my crazy_player; turn off your computer, use your MP3; never sit still when listening to english, just a small improvement – but you must do it everyday. OK.