These TED videos from the series Small Thing Big Idea are great for listening practice. They are also great practice for the TOEFL listening test.

Teachers: Students should watch these videos without stopping and then check for comprehension using the following questions.

Learners: Post your answers to the questions below!


  1. Have you ever jump roped?
  2. Do we know the origin of the jump rope?
  3. What changed that allowed women to jump rope?
  4. Have you ever heard of double dutch? Why did it become popular?
  5. How is double dutch important to music?
  6. Do you think the jump rope is an important symbol?

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