We need more input, we need articles to read, and podcasts to listen to. It's not possible to listen and understand the news from the beginning, so it is important to have reading and listening materials that are at your level. Textbooks do have these, but you will probably already be listening and reading them in class. To really get the rhythm of speech in English, to get enough exposure to new and old vocabulary, all learners need to find learning materials somewhere on the internet.
LingQ is my no.1 recommendation for how to improve your receptive skills: listening and reading. I have personally used it for both Japanese and Chinese and am a paid member. It isn't necessary to be a paid member, but it will allow you to track your progress better. Paid users can save an unlimited number of vocabulary items, but even unpaid members can read and listen to a huge range of podcasts with scripts.