I am back after an 8-month break from language learning. Though Portuguese went well for what little time I spent with it,
From experience with Portuguese, I decided to start off in a similar way. I edited New French With Ease to my liking, and am doing one lesson a day (I started a couple of weeks ago). This is how I do each lesson:
1) Read the English side of the dialogue.
2) Listen and silently read along with the French text.
3) Listen, pausing after each line and repeat it out loud twice. Then I compare with the English and read any grammar notes for that particular line.
4) Listen and silently read along with the French. Then listen and read along out loud with the French.
5) Same as #4, except the first time I read along silently with the English while hearing the French.
Repeat steps 1, 4, and 5 from above.
Since I edited the audio, the longest track of the entire course is only 1 minute and 49 seconds. It makes it quite easy to get in many repetitions.
Beyond Assimil, I had been simply listening and reading along to a few news articles at Euro News daily. As far as I can tell, this is not slowed down for learners and is "real" French. What I most like is the wide diversity of accents and delivery the readers use. There are a few who are pretty big on not sticking to the script, though.
Tonight, I actually came across Journal en français facile, which is similar in setup to NHK, but much more user friendly, though a bit shorter. I think this may supplant Euro News as my daily news source avec audio.
My library has a decent sized stack of Dover dual readers that I will work through. At that point, unfortunately, the library seems to only have a handful of French novels (an abundance of Spanish and Vietnamese, though), and I will look to transition to either reading French books on Kindle or looking to buy novels cheaply in bulk online.
Anyway, that is about it for now. Assimil, French news with audio, and easy dual readers. Oh, and some French music. I really like this album:
Slow and steady wins the race.