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The end of the bullfight

Posted by Alvaro

In “Los toros III: la muerte del toro”, the third and last video of our bullfighting series, we explain the different parts a bullfight is divided into, and what happens at the end of the bullfight. Your students will be especially ready to understand it if they have previously watched the second part ( “Los toros II: Los personajes” ), which covers the basic vocabulary about the people who take part in the bullfight and the objects they use; and the first one ( “Los toros: ¿a favor o en contra?” ).

Once the students understand the controversy around this topic, and once they’ve learnt the key vocabulary to talk in Spanish about bullfights, the video describes how a bullfight is organized, from “el paseíllo” –the presentation of the bullfighters, “picadores” and “banderilleros”- to the three parts that every bullfight goes through: “tercio de varas”, “tercio de banderillas” and “tercio de muerte”. The video and the activities included in this icebreaker also explain the prizes a bullfighter might get after killing the bull, and the other possible endings a bullfight can have: the injury or dead of the bullfighter, and the forgiveness given to the bull.

We’d like to highlight that this 7-minute video contains explicit images of what happens in a bullfight, so please preview it and watch the video below to decide whether you consider it appropriate for your classes. The main animal rights political party here in Spain (PACMA), told us that there are many people, mainly foreigners, who go to see a bullfight when visiting our country without realizing how shocking it can be for some people. We think that watching some extracts in a classroom can save some students from that negative experience, but once again we’d like to ask teachers to make that decision considering their age group and the sensitivity of their students. This extract contains the most unsettling part of the icebreaker, the moment in which the bull is killed:


Our goals with this bullfighting series are:

  • Make your students understand the real importance bullfighting has in Spain, providing objective data from different surveys.
  • Explain the main arguments used by those in favor and against bullfighting.
  • Describe who participates in a bullfight and how the event is organised.
  • Encourage students to give their opinions after learning the previous items.

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