Kikokushijo Academy Voicecast

We hope to provide you with informative and fun resources to further your English studies through the podcasts. There will be stories for you to listen to, new and challenging vocabulary words and idiomatic expressions for you to learn, interviews with a variety of interesting people here in England, as well as news, Eiken and Reading Contest results, other information about what has been happening at Kikokushijo Academy and a schedule of upcoming events. Be sure to subscribe to the podcasts so you don’t miss anything! You never know, your name could even be mentioned… if you listen carefully.

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KA Voicecast - The official Podcast for KIKOKUSHIJO ACADEMY
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2015-02-15 20:53
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KA VOICECAST for Sunday, February 15 (2015)

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 te...

KA VOICECAST for Thursday, January 15 (2015)

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...

KA VOICECAST for Monday, December 15th (2014)

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!xxxSumiOlwenDan 

KA VOICECAST for Monday, December 1st (2014)

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! 

KA Voicecast for Saturday, November 15th (2014)

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...

KA VOICECAST for Wednesday, October 15 (2014)

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 t...

KA VOICECAST for Wednesday, October 1, 2014

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 ...

KA Voicecast for Monday, September 1 (2014)

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.  

KA Voicecast for Friday, August 15th (2014)

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! 

KA VOICECAST for Friday, August 1 2014

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! 

KA Voicecast for Tuesday, July 15 2014

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, ...

KA Voicecast for Sunday, June 1st (2014)

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.  

KA VOICECAST for Thursday, May 15th (2014)

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 yo...

KA Voicecast for Tuesday, April 15th (2014)

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. 

KA Voicecast for Saturday, March 15th

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! 

KA Voicecast for Saturday, March 1 (2014)

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.  

KA VOICECAST for Saturday, February 15th (2014)

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  

KA VOICECAST for Saturday, February 1st (2014)

SPECIAL:  Chinese New YearEpisode 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 ...

KA VOICECAST for Wednesday, January 15 (2014)

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

KA VOICECAST for Sunday, December 15th

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

KA VOICECAST for Sunday, December 1st

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

KA VOICECAST for Friday, November 15th

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!

KA Voicecast for Friday, November 1st

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.  

KA VOICECAST for Tuesday, October 15th

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

KA VOICECAST for Tuesday, October 1st

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

KA Voicecast for Sunday, September 15th

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 Al...

KA VOICECAST for Sunday, September 1st

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.  

KA VOICECAST for Thursday, August 15th

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 ...

KA VOICECAST for Thursday, August 1st

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...

KA VOICECAST for Monday, July 15th

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

KA VOICECAST for Monday, July 1st

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.  

KA VOICECAST for Saturday, June 15th

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. 

KA WORDCAST Taskmaster Book 2: Lesson 14

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 website.  This lesson include nine useful vocabulary words, 41 uses, and 100 sample sentences.  

KA VOICECAST for Saturday, June 1st

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! 

KA VOICECAST for Wednesday, May 15th

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

KA Voicecast for Wednesday, May 1st

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. 

KA Voicecast for Monday, April 15th

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.

KA VOICECAST for Monday, April 1st

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. 

KA Voicecast for Friday, March 15th

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.  

KA Voicecast for Friday, March 1st

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

KA Voicecast Special Edition: Juken Gokau Party

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.

KA Voicecast for Friday, February 15th

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...

KA Voicecast for Friday, February 1st

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

KA Voicecast for Tuesday, January 15

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. 

KA Voicecast for Tuesday, January 1, 2013

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, vocabu...

Kikokushijo Academy Voicecast for Saturday, December 15th

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 ·      Engl...

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. 

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 ...