Humanising Language Teaching
A philosopher went to visit a small town lost in an immense desert.
On arrival he decided he rather badly needed a haircut and asked if there were any barbers in this town.
There were two, he was told.
He was also told that the first was a very smart man with excellently cut hair and a very clean shop.
The second wore dirty clothes and his place was in a real mess. What's more his hair was horribly badly cut.
Neither the first nor the second had an assistant.
After hearing about the two barbers, the wise man wondered which of them to go to.
As he couldn't immediately make his mind up, he went and sat under a tree to think the problem through.
After thirty seconds thought he jumped to his feet and strode across the square to one of the barbers' shops.
Your problem is this: which one did he go to and why was he sure he was right?
Solution: The dirty barber cut must cut the clean barber's hair and the latter's hair is well cut.