Monthly Archives: May 2012

De gustibus non est disputandum[1]

The subject of quality is a reoccurring motif in the discussions. You hear about quality everywhere and it seems a subject which has become fashionable – bon ton[2]. Surprisingly enough, there is hardly a disagreement about quality. Once it is … Continue reading

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Chess

I am not a great chess player, but I like the game. People like to play chess with me because I usually lose. Once, in the middle of a game, my friend, who is a scientist, called out in despair: … Continue reading

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Yes/No Questions

As I was suggesting a new exercise the other day, one of the students asked: Why do we need to do it? We know it already. ”I was confused for a moment. Usually I encourage my students to ask questions, … Continue reading

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Yield

In our last lesson, we watched the film Tous les matins du monde (All the mornings in the world) starring Gerard Depardieu and his son Guillaume. The film is about the Viola da Gamba virtuoso Marain Marrais and his relationship … Continue reading

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Four Pillars

To Leland Means Early in my career I was teaching a high school student whose main interest was visual art. One day, her mother told me her daughter was worried that I was upset with her or frustrated because she … Continue reading

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