There is a lot of research on the benefits of extensive reading and listening to foreign language learners. As English is most likely the most studied foreign language, there are many materials out there which address this need for English language learners. While I have been able to find intermediate level extensive reading materials in Japanese, it has been harder to find listening materials. Most of the materials I have come across are intensive. That is, they are geared to understanding discrete language points in context. Extensive reading and listening texts provide students with opportunities to absorb lots of comprehensible input, and while students may not understand every word, they should be able to get the gist of what they take in. Naturally, there are a lot of authentic sources available on the web–movies, TV, anime, Japanese podcasts–but I would like to find materials which cater to students at intermediate levels. Those familiar with second language acquisition research will know that there are benefits to taking in large amounts of language just above one’s current level. I’d like to find content that I can play while cooking, petting my cat, staring out the window, etc.
If anyone can share any resources for extensive listening I’d greatly appreciate it!