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SITE OF THE DAY - HUNDREDS OF THE "BEST" - Teaching Recipes

Started by ddeubel in Websites / links / access to new resources / communities.. Last reply by Nadeem Nawaz Jul 16, 2019. 102 Replies

We are now in our 3rd edition of "Site of the Day"! Hundreds of the best sites for teaching/learning. See #1 and…Continue

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ABCs - Alphabet Resources or Ideas?

Started by NEWS NOW in Teaching and Methodology. Last reply by Amelia Meirizka Jun 20, 2019. 73 Replies

I guess the alphabet is our bread and butter.Got any good ideas for teaching it or using it…Continue

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I was wondering what you all thought of learning designs pertaining to English language teaching? What are the ways in which you design your lessons to achieve better learning in your students?Continue

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Started by Andromeda Jones in Teaching and Methodology Dec 31, 2018. 0 Replies

Phrasal verbs are a verb + preposition, adverb or particle. Teaching…Continue

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A Pale Blue Dot (The picture of Earth from 4 billion miles away)

   “A Pale Blue Dot" _written by Carl Sagan_is one the best books I’ve ever read in my life. It's not just a report about the earth or space, it’s not just a kind of so technical explanations about the universe, but it’s a poetic writing about   , aboutour life and our views’ about the earth".

  Fortunately, the audio files of this book are available so I've used the book in my English classes so many times as it’s not only good for listening but also is a very good model of writing as teaches you how to write simply and effectively.In addition, it may change the way of your thinking.

  In this post, I’ll put a piece of its first section. It’s about the earth, our home, the only planet has ever known for living on. Below its English text, I’ll put my own translation in Persian. (Last year I translated some parts of this book as a part of my translation project at university).  I hope you enjoy it..

 A Pale Blue Dot
 From this distance vantage point, the earth might’ve not seen with any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. 
Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there--on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
 
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
 
   Our posturing, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
 
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
 
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
-- Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot, 1994
 
 "نقطه آبی رنگ پریده"
از این فاصله ممکن است زمین چیز جالبی به نظر نرسد. اما برای ما فرق میکند. 
 بار دیگر به آن نقطه خوب نگاه کن. اینجا خانه ماست. ما اینجا هستیم. بر روی این نقطه همه کسانی که تو دوست میداری، همه کسانی که می شناسی، همه کسانی که تابه حال درباره آنها شنیده ای ، همه انسانهایی که تا به حال بوده اند و زندگی کرده اند. همه لذت ها و دردهایمان ، هزاران اعتقاد دینی و ایدئولوژی ها و عقاید اقتصادی، همه صیاد ها و شکارچی ها، همه قهرمانها و بزدل ها ، همه سازندگان و ویران کنندگان تمدن بشری، همه ارباب ها و رعیت ها، همه زوج های جوان عاشق ، همه پدر ها و مادرها و کودکان امیدوار به آینده، همه مخترعان و کاشفان، همه اساتید علوم اخلاق ، همه سیاستمداران فاسد ، همه سوپر استارها و رهبران کبیر ، همه قدیسین  و گنه کارانی که در طول تاریخ بشر بوده اند آنجا زندگی کرده اند. بر روی تلی از غبار که در شعاعی از پرتو نور معلق است.
زمین در عرصه پهناور گیتی نقطه کوچکی بیش نیست. به چشمه های خونی که به دست فرمانده هان و امپراطوران بر روی زمین جاری شده بیاندیش ، که چطور در فخر و شکوه می توانستند برای مدت کوتاهی ارباب بخشی از این نقطه شوند. به ظلم و ستم بی پایانی بیاندیش که بر عده ای از  ساکنان گوشه ای از این نقطه ناچیز از طرف کسانی که تنها در فاصله ای غیر قابل تشخیص اندکی آنسوتر میزیند روا شده است . به  بیشمار کج فهمی ها، به  اشتیافشان برای کشتن یدکیدگر و آتش نفرتی که بی محابا در وجودشان شعله میکشد ، بیاندیش.
    تصویر ما و  تصور خودستایی مان و این برداشت غلط که ما از یک جایگاه ممتاز در این عالم بی پایان کیهانی برخورداریم ،با این نقطه رنگ پریده به چالش کشیده شده است.  سیاره ما در فضای بیکران و تاریک عالم تنها یک نقطه کوچک است. در فضای ابهاممان در این عالم بیکران  هیچ نشانی ازاینکه کسی از جای دیگر  آید تا ما را از دست خودمان نجات دهد ، نیست.
تا کنون زمین تنها نقطه شناخته شده برای زندگی است. هیچ جای دیگری ، لااقل به این زودیها، نیست که انسانها  بتوانند به آنجا مهاجرت کنند.  بازدید،  چرا اما زندگی،  نه هنوز. خواه و ناخواه زمین تنها جایی است که ما بر روی آن ایستاده ایم. 
گفته شده است که فضانوردی تجربه ای است شخصیت ساز که فرد را فروتن می سازد. مطمئنا هیچ تصویر دیگری مانند این تصویر از دنیای کوچکمان گویای حماقت خودخواهانه انسان نیست. برای من این تصویر تاکیدی  است بر مسئولیت هایمان تا با مهربانی بیشتری با یکدیگر برخورد کنیم و این نقطه آبی رنگ پریده ،  تنها منزلی که تا کنون شناخته ایم ، را حفظ کرده و گرامی بداریم./
کارل سیگن/ نقطه آبی رنگ پریده . 1994/
منبع : کتاب " نقطه آبی رنگ پریده " نوشته کارل سیگن
ترجمه : محمدرضا مینوسپهر

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Comment by ddeubel on March 15, 2011 at 1:07pm

Well done Mohammad. I agree - good to use this kind of material if possible. Authentic/real + it teaches something more than just language.

 

Have you seen this guy's video along the same lines as yours? I've used it before.

 

 


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Comment by Mohammad Reza Minoosepehr on March 15, 2011 at 8:15pm

Thanks David for your nice comment and many thanks for sharing that beautiful video. I enjoyed the movie immensely. Its pictures and music are exactly fitted with voice. It helps me get it better... :)

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