I was in the course you are in now in but I dropped out. My reasons had nothing to do with the instructor or the method - I just got distracted. But I still have all the lessons on .mp3, including the instructor provided lessons. Right now I am about where you are in the course and will be trying to stay up with you (I assume you are in the fast track) so as to be able finish with it around June. Assimil is the true living language method; you are plied with just enough grammar to keep you going. The ear does the rest. The two outstanding characteristics of the method are oral models to imitate and facing or adjacent english language text.
John Dobson uses the same method to teach Biblical Greek. He states in the introduction (if I recall correctly) to his text something to the effect that this method (facing translation) and repetition has been proved scientifically to be optimal for language acquisition. Using it, in 3 months I was able to read the Gospel of John. John Traupman uses the very same method in his conversation Book/CD (side by side translation). Pimsleur, I believe, is very similiar in concept.
Evan Millner, I gather, is a strong proponent of this active listening approach and it was a stroke of genius on his part to have identified the Adler text. I pray to God that he completes the project. And I agree with you that the sheer scope of the project is daunting. It can take some time to find what you are looking for and then to organize it on your own drives.
Here is what I plan on doing over the next 7 months.
1. Catch-up with Adler (I am almost current).
2. Finish Assimil by end of June
3. Supplemental listening from Nuntii Latinii and perhaps some poetry.
4. Readings from Oxford Latin Course and Lingua Latina Per Se Illustrata
Most of listening portion will take place while in the gym, while shopping, while taking evening walks, etc. And I can't tell you how great a nice boring latin lesson can be at that hour cum somnus nos urget. As for the book work, I can only find time for about 45 minutes per day. Eheu
After 6 years of study (with LOTS of LONG interruptions) I am NOW AGAIN determined to become fluent in latin. For me that means being able to pick up any classical text and read it straight out without recourse to a dictionary every 6 words. I can do this now more or less with certain writers. Others, as everyone knows, are much harder. Being fluent to me also means being able to speak and write the language with some ease.
For the speaking part, I hope in the future to be able to attend some summer seminars. It would also be great if I could find some folks who would like to practice over the internet. Soon I will retire to San Diego. When I get there I hope to found a "Circulus Latinus", one of those groups that meets periodically to talk about art and literature in latin. I sure hope I can find some folks who are interested. Sometimes it gets lonely being a latinist - especially one who aspires to speak. My wife refuses to join me in this insanity.
As for writing, the Grex Latine Loquentium is the only place to be. It is there that the best latin is being written today - my opinion. My own skills are nothing compared to those of the better writers on the Grex, which is almost everybody. Many of the (silent) subscribers are afraid to write for fear of being put to shame. Well, that is ridiculous. I had barely finished wheelock in 2000 when I started to write in that forum. I was warmly received. Maybe I will see you on the Grex.
Other people around here state that they are already fluent and I don't don't doubt that they are. Perhaps they are more diligent than I have been. Perhaps they are more systematic. Perhaps they have more time to study (I have a full time job, a family, as well as a few other interests). Some people are just SMARTER and naturally gifted at languages. Nor do I envy them because that is always a really stupid reaction to anyone else's greater fortune. I know where I am going, I believe I have a pretty good map, I know where the resources are and which are best. The rest is up to me. I just gotta keep plucking at it and never give up until I am there.
Metrodoro.......when can we expect the next set of Adler lessons?