Kikokushijo Academy Voicecast

In today's episode of KA Voicecast, Olwen will be talking about Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic children's novel, The Secret Garden.  

We will also be listening to a short passage entitled "Hello! Hello!"  about how the word "hello" became a common telephone greeting.  Listening comprhension quiz to follow! 


Welcome to a new season of KA Voicecast!

In today's episode, we will look at the new theatrical release of "Annie" as well as listen to a story about a poor, orphaned boy, made famous by Charles Dickens--Oliver Twist.  Tune in to practice your listening comprehension skills an brush up on some vocabulary words.  


Tune in to listen to two favorite Christmas stories told by KA Voicecast's very own Olwen Bartlett and Dan Blasor. 

 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at KA Voicecast!

xxx

Sumi

Olwen

Dan 

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Monday_December_15_2014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:00am EST

In this week's episode of KA Voicecast, Sumi picks her Top Ten Christmas movies!

Learn some fantastic new vocabulary words and check your understanding of some key words. 

Pre-Christmas special! 


In today's two-year anniversary special, Olwen Bartlett looks at The Hunger Games: Mockingjay the movie in KA Top Picks!  The Story Time Story is The Switch by Anthony Horowitz with some challenging listening comprehension questions to follow.  Tune in and get the most out of your KA experience!


Olwen returns this week with KA Top Picks!  Today, she will be talking about A Fault in Our Stars by John Green. 

The Story Time story is A Series of Unfortunate Events.  We will do a listening comprehension exercise based on your knowledge of some of the vocabulary words you will be hearing today. 


In this episode of KA Voicecast, we look at Roald Dahl's classic tale, The Witches.  We will examine several new vocabulary words, do a listening comprehension test, and check your knowledge of words in the passage.  There's a lot crammed into this 30 minute podcast--so much to learn. 

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Wednesday_October_1_2014.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 8:01am EST

In this week's KA Voicecast, we get back into "school mode" by offering helpful suggestions to create an optimum environment for learning.  Our Story Time story is The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott.  

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Monday_September_1_2014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 3:48am EST

In this week's KA Voicecast, Olwen Bartlett recommends How to Train Your Dragon 2 in KA Top Picks!  Story Time story followed by listening comprehension practice to get  you ready for the new school year! 


In this week's episode of KA Voicecast, we feature two listening passages for you to keep your listening comprehension in check.  Check out the bonus tracks on the KA Voicecast website! 

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Friday_August_1_2014.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 7:03am EST

In this week's KA Voicecast, Olwen recommends Disney's new film Maleficent in KA Top Picks.  Sumi Watters has compiled a list of recommended reading books for the summer holidays.  Lots of new vocabulary words to learn, as well as KA News, Story Time, and more.  


In this week's KA Voicecast, we discuss how you can submit your own stories to the next issue of KA Voices, Kikokushijo Academy's student literary magazine.  Our story time story is a legend from Greek Mythology.  

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Sunday_June_1_2014.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 11:20am EST

In this week's episode of KA Voicecast, we look at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  If you are a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic adventure novel, why not challenge yourself with some of the listening comprehension exercises we have prepared for you?


In this week's episode of KA Voicecast, Olwen Bartlett introduces Ender's Game in KA Top Picks!  WOW words, KA News, Story Time and more. 


This week's episode highlights include a lesson on how to write a limerick, a brief history of the leprechaun, and a traditional Irish folktale.  Tune in for a 25 minute English lesson! 

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Saturday_March_15_2014.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 2:37pm EST

Episode highlights include a look at what we can accept at the 86th Academy Awards ceremony, first time Oscar nominees, and To Kill A Mockingbird.  


Episode highlights include a sneak peak at the all new KA Wordcast:  Idioms and Phrasal Verbs!

Story Time story:  Why the Dove Is On Our Valentines  

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Saturday_February_15th_2014.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 9:23am EST

SPECIAL:  Chinese New Year

Episode highlights include In the News with Dan Blasor, in which he talks about Chinese New Year traditions, listening comprehension exercises, useful adjectives to describe character traits, and The Chinese Zodiac Story: The Great Race.  


Episode highlights include KA News, "Happy" idioms, and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Wednesday_January_15_2014.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 3:05pm EST

SPECIAL EPISODE::

Episode hightlights include In the News with Dan Blasor and a special Christmas story.  

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Sunday_December_15th.mp3
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This week's episode highlights include In the News with Dan Blasor, KA News, a listening comprehension exercise, WOW words, and Little Women.  

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Sunday_December_1st.mp3
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In today's KA Voicecast, we explore the history of Thanksgiving and how feelings of gratitude and appreciation can make you go a long way.  Our Story Time story is What the Moon Saw by Hans Christian Andersen.  Lots of WoW words!

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Friday_November_15th.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 10:50am EST

In today's episode, we take a little history lesson and learn about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot of 1605.  The Story Time story is a Phillip Pullman classic, The Firework Maker's Daughter.  WoW words, KA News, and so much more.  

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Friday_November_1st.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 10:17am EST

Episode highlights include the difference between HORRIFY and MORTIFY, some key vocabulary words, and a spooky ghost tale from Australian born folklorist, Joseph Jacobs.  

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Tuesday_October_15.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 4:31pm EST

PRODUCTIVE ways to keep busy while recovering from the flu or cold.  Story Time story is Michael Morpurgo's The Wreck of the Zanzibar.  

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Tuesday_October_1.mp3
Category:Life in the UK, In the News -- posted at: 5:47pm EST

In this episode of KA Voicecast, Charles Knudsen answers some frequently asked questions about instilling good reading practices in children, age appropriateness, and ways to improve listening and pronunciation skills.  Dan Blasor reads Clockwork or All Wound Up by Philip Pullman, and we look at nine key words from the Story Time passage.  

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Sunday_September_16.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 6:59pm EST

Episode highlights include In the News featuring 8-year-old Aidan who will talk us through the Premier League summer transfers, a look at WOW words from Loser by Jerry Spinelli, and a trivia question related to Ichiro Suzuki.  

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Sunday_September_1.mp3
Category:Life in the UK, In the News -- posted at: 5:04pm EST

Why is good writing important?  How will the ability to write well make a difference in your future?  What is WORDCAST?  What did scientists use to make rudimentary teeth?  All these questions answered in the latest episode of KA VOICECAST.  Our Story Time story is SCAT by Carl Hiaasen.  

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Thursday_August_15.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 9:30am EST

In today's episode, Dan Blasor takes a look at the life and accomplishments of former South African president, Nelson Mandela.  We celebrate the birth of the His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge, and the Story Time story is a Xhosa tale titled The Clever Little Man.  Lots happening on KA Voicecast this week so be sure to check it out!

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Thursday_August_1st.mp3
Category:Life in the UK, In the News -- posted at: 11:09am EST

Today's episode highlights include puns, play on words, The Phantom Tollbooth, and the answer to the previous Let's Get Quizzical question. 

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Monday_July_15th.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 12:24pm EST

This week, Dan Blasor explores adverse weather and natural disasters in In the News.  The Story Time story is The Wonderful Wizard of OZ and we look at different ways to describe WIND, HOT, and COLD.  

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Monday_July_1st.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:19am EST

In today's episode of KA VOICECAST, we look at all things William Shakespeare.  Highlights include A Midsummer Night's Eve, read by Olwen Bartlett, and everyday phrases and expressions coined by the Bard himself. 

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Saturday_June_15th.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 4:27am EST

Today's nine words come from four passages taken from a novel called If I Stay.  To listen to a recording of these passages, tune into the kavoicecast.com website.  This lesson include nine useful vocabulary words, 41 uses, and 100 sample sentences.  

Direct download: KA_WORDCAST_Taskmaster_Lesson_14.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 6:46am EST

Today's episode highlights include In the News with Dan Blasor.  Dan explores the world of marathons and other charitable fund-raising events.  Featured story:  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.  WOW words, KA News, Let's Get Quizzical and more! 

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Saturday_June_1.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 5:37am EST

Today's episode highlights include The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton, UK Teachers Top 100 Books, and playground interviews.

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Wednesday_May_15th.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:03am EST

Episode highlights include In the News with Dan Blasor, The Star by H.G. Wells, and the answers to the previous epidode's Let's Get Quizzical.  Some very challenging WOW words explained. 

Direct download: KA_VOICECAST_for_Wednesday_May_1st_.pdf
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 6:30am EST

In this week's episode, we look at WOW words from Where the Red Fern Grows, take a challenge with a Very Tricky Poem, and look at the difference between DESERT and DESSERT.

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Monday_April_15th.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 7:08pm EST

Tune in for the most infomative English learning podcast available on the net.  Host Sumi Watters along with Dan Blasor and Natalie Hunt bring you news, WOW words, Story Time and all the latest Star Trek inspired technology. 

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Monday_April_1.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 12:30am EST

In this episode of Voicecast, we explore the benefits of being bilingual as well as discuss the advantages of having English as one of your first or second languages.  The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling features in today's Story Time story.  

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Friday_March_15.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 5:29am EST

Today's highlights include a closer look at King Richard the III and his recently discovered skeleton, Charlotte's Web and the Royals. 

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_Friday_March_1_.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 5:45am EST

Highlights from this episode include a song and dance performance by 3 lovely KA students,  Leo  on the piano and a speech by 12 year-old Eiraku about his experience at KA.

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_Special_Edition.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:17am EST

KA Voicecast's first transcontinental podcast as S. Watters travels from London Heathrow to Tokyo's Haneda International Airport.  How to make a GROUCH happy on Do A Grouch A Favor Day, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and the nominees for Best Picture in this year's Academy Awards.  

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Friday_February_15.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 1:19am EST

Regional differences in speech. Does SNOW "stick" or "settle"?  An immensely challenging set of WOW words from The Snow Queen and more!

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_Friday_February_1.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 5:21am EST

In the January 15, 2013 episode of KA Voicecast, we will be discussing the various usages for the word SHADOW and listening to Peter Pan and Wendy, by J.M. Barrie. 

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_January_15.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 4:58am EST

In this first episode of KA Voicecast for 2013, we explore the difference between to Raise and to Rise as well as listen to a passage from The Secret Garden.  This voicecast is for anyone who would like to improve their English listening skills, vocabulary and overall ability. 

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_for_January_1st_2013.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 5:20pm EST

Today's episode offers the listener a variety of useful English learning tips and a classic Christmas favourite, A Christmas Carol, is read by Dan Blasor.  The line-up for today's voicecast include;

Line-up for today’s program

 

·      KA News

·      English Rules

·      “i before e except after c”

·      Aidan’s Chuckle

·      Presents or Presence?

·      WOW Word Preview

·      Story Time:  A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

·      WOW Word Review

·      Let’s Get Quizzical!  

Direct download: KAVoicecast_for_Saturday_December_15.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 10:00am EST

KA Voicecast for Saturday, December 1st   2012

In today's episode, DJ Dan Blasor and Sumi discuss Christmas traditions, Winter Wonderland and C.S. Lewis.  Story Time features welsh narrator, Olwen, reading The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.  Important dates to remember are announced on KA News. 

Direct download: KA_Voicecast_Dec_1_T4.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 4:41am EST

KA Voicecast for Thursday, November 15

In this first episode, we learn a little about the children's writer, Roald Dahl and Story Time features one of his most popular stories, James and the Giant Peach. Vocabulary words, such as "wistfully" and "mischief" are explained.  Eiken and Reading Competition winners are announced on KA News.  

Direct download: Podcast_KA_November_15_T3.mp3
Category:English Listening Comprehension -- posted at: 8:40am EST

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