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. Who invented the button?
  2. What happened with fashion when buttons were invented?
  3. Why are buttons more useful than other forms like velcro?
  4. Do you think buttons make clothes better?

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