Working on your German listening ability is the very first language skill you can develop successfully without knowing a word of German!
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages states that listening is an interpretive skill and is largely based on the amount of information listeners can retrieve from what they hear and the inferences and connections that they can make.
The most formal practice is to listen to pairs of German words that look and sound similar but are pronounced differently. Once you can tell the difference and score well on the sound discrimination tests, you are ready to have some listening fun with German music.
You can then test your listening skills with comprehension exercises designed in the same format as popular exams such as the "TestDaF" or the IB World Language Diploma exams.
All available listening courses are posted below.