Get some Spanish Exposure - It does build comprehension.
Spanish is an elective in the Exploratory Department, but an academic class! I integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing each day to learn the language. However, in class participation will not be enough to remember all the new vocabulary/grammar you will be exposed to throughout the year. It is recommended that you listen to Spanish music each day, talk to someone who knows the language or watch an animated movie on DVD/Blu-Ray by changing the audio/subtitles to Spanish. It is vital to be exposed to the language outside of class for at least a half hour on a daily basis, when possible. The more you immerse yourself with Spanish outside of class, the more you will understand it longterm. It's ok if you don't understand it right away, your brain will make sense of it while you sleep and one day, it will be comprehensible. Like anything...be patient...and give it time.
Spanish Music Suggestions (find samples of songs on Amazon Music/iTunes/google: top Spanish artists through last.fm (website)):
Latin Rock: Maná, Juanes, Café Tacuba, Caifanes, Jaguares, Enanitos Verdes, La Ley.
Latin Pop/Easy Listening: Spain (Enrique Iglesias, Marta Sánchez, La Oreja de Van Gogh, Presuntos Implicados, Alejandro Sanz, Rocio Durcal, Miguel Bosé), North America (Julieta Venegas, Ana Gabriel, Juan Gabriel, Marco Antonio Solis, Lucero, Paulina Rubio, Alvaro Torres, Ricardo Arjona, Aleks Syntek, Fey, Pandora, Ricky Martin, RBD), South America (Shakira, Carlos Vives, Amparo Sandino, Franco de Vita, Ricardo Montaner, Leo Dan <very clear to hear>, Soraya), Italy (Eros Ramazotti <Albums: Todo Historias, Donde hay Música>, Laura Pausini <Albums: Las Cosas que vives, Laura Pausini>, Gianluca Grignani <song: La historia entre tus dedos>, Andrea Bocelli <Albums: Amor, Romance>, Nek <Albums: El Año Cero, Una parte de mí>.
Carribean Salsa/Merengue/Bachata: Fonseca, Gloria Estefan, Juan Luis Guerra, Luis Fonsi, Marc Anthony, Olga Tañon, Elvis Crespo.