Eating Bugs!

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Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on September 5, 2022 and last updated on May 8, 2023

Eating bugs is a big trend right now. They’re nutritious and sustainable, and they’re not gross! People have been eating bugs for thousands of years. In fact, there are over 1,000 insects that are considered “edible” by humans.

The most common bugs that are eaten include ants, caterpillars, grasshoppers, crickets and beetles. These insects are high in protein and fibre which makes them an excellent source of nutrients for people who want to eat healthy foods but don’t want to consume too many calories at one time!

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.

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)

Conversation Questions

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  • Do you think people will eat more bugs in the future?
  • Have you ever eaten a bug?
  • Why do you think eating bugs is becoming more popular nowadays?
  • What bugs would you like to try?
  • What bugs would you never try?
  • Do you think bugs can replace meat?
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.