Eating Bugs!

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 5, 2022 and last updated on July 24, 2023

Exploring the topic of eating bugs, or entomophagy, can be a fascinating and enlightening journey for English learners. Delving into this subject offers unique insights into diverse cultures, environmental sustainability and innovative dietary practices.

By understanding the reasons behind this unconventional yet practical food choice, learners can expand their language skills while gaining a deeper appreciation for global perspectives on nutrition and ecological responsibility.

Go through the vocabulary below with your students and ask them to try and use this vocabaulry where possible when discussing the different conversation questions.

Eating Bugs Review

Eating bugs, also known as entomophagy, is a practice gaining momentum worldwide as a sustainable and nutritious alternative to traditional protein sources. In many cultures, consuming insects has been a historical tradition, but it is now attracting attention for its potential to address global food challenges.

With a low environmental footprint and high nutritional value, insects offer a viable solution to combat food insecurity and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Despite cultural barriers and perceptions, innovative culinary approaches and increasing awareness of their benefits are fostering a growing movement that could reshape our attitudes towards bug-based cuisine.

Useful Vocabulary

Try and use the following vocabulary when answering the question. Click to look up the definition in the dictionary

  • trend (noun)
  • gross (adjective)
  • nutricious (adjective)
  • healthy (adjective)
  • sustainable (adjective)
  • edible (adjective)
  • nutrient (noun)
  • personally (adverb)
  • taste (verb)

Conversation Questions

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  • Have you ever eaten a bug?
  • What are some traditional insect-based dishes from your culture or other cultures you know?
  • Why do you think some people find the idea of eating bugs strange or unappealing?
  • What bugs would you like to try?
  • What bugs would you never try?
  • What are the potential environmental benefits of incorporating insects into our diet?
  • How do you think the perception of eating bugs differs between older and younger generations?
  • Is the taste and texture of insect-based foods appealing enough to encourage widespread adoption?
  • Should governments and food authorities promote insect consumption as a sustainable food source?
  • Do you think people will eat more bugs in the future?
This conversation topic was prepared by Gregory

Gregory is a qualified TEFL teacher who has been teaching English as a Foreign Language (ESL) for over a decade. He has taught in-person classes in Spain and to English learners around the world online.