Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 19, 2019 and last updated on February 4, 2023

Bullfighting is a tradition that goes back hundreds of years and is part of the Spanish culture as well as some other cultures across the world.

Some will refer to it as a sport, while others will call it barbaric animal cruelty that has no place in today’s society. Many protests that it should be completely banned, but for now it is still practised in many countries.

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

  • tradition (noun)
  • culture (noun)
  • ban (verb)
  • cruel (adjective)
  • cruelty (noun)

Conversation Questions

  • Should bullfighting be banned?
  • Have you ever been to or seen a bullfight? If not, would you like to go?
  • Do you think it is cruel?
  • Why do you think it is so popular with a lot of people?
  • Who should decide if bullfighting is banned or not?
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.