Type: Vocabulary
Originally published on June 19, 2019 and last updated on May 13, 2023

Bullfighting, a controversial and culturally significant topic, provides English learners with a compelling subject for discussion that can greatly enhance their language skills.

Engaging in conversations about bullfighting allows learners to explore diverse perspectives and develop critical thinking abilities. It enables them to practice expressing opinions, supporting arguments and respectfully debating conflicting views.

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.

About Bullfighting

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 protest that it should be completely banned, but for now it is still practised in many countries.

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

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  • Should bullfighting be banned?
  • Have you ever been to or seen a bullfight? If not, would you like to go?
  • Do you think bullfighting is cruel?
  • Why do you think it is so popular with a lot of people?
  • Who should decide if bullfighting is banned or not?
  • How have people's attitudes towards bullfighting changed over time?
  • Can bullfighting be made less cruel while still preserving its cultural value?
  • If bullfighting was banned, how might it affect tourism and the economy of that country?
  • What are the main arguments against banning bullfighting?
  • If bullfighting is banned, what other sports or activities should be banned?
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.