Welcome back!  This week, I wanted to take a look at the French version of an old song that the kids still recognize.
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If you have any Gossip Girl fans in your class, they may have even heard this version before...These boots are made for walkin'... or in French, Ces Bottes sont faites pour marcher.

Image of boots - bottes
This is the French version released the same year as Nancy Sinatra originally sang it in English in 1966.

Here is a fun video lip dub that your students might enjoy watching instead of just looking at the album cover.

Here's what is included in my free download today...

  1. The whole set of lyrics (to use as an answer key)
  2. A cloze passage with 11 present tense verbs removed and provided in a word bank (includes aller, être, dire, savoir, and a couple of common regular verbs)
  3. A challenging cloze passage for immersion with the future tense verbs removed, and a reminder to be listening both for futur proche and futur simple
  4. A page with the lyrics broken into sections to be cut into cards & placed in order as a simple listening comprehension practice activity.
  5. A page with vocabulary words removed that might be linked to telling the truth or lying, which might be tied into character education in French, or a thematic unit about honesty.

Even more ideas.... when learning about direct objects, you could provide English versions of certain phrases, have the students locate them in the song lyrics  and then compare them to identify the structure.  This song could also be used to practice certain adverbs (souvent, jamais, rien). Other thematic links could be to a clothing unit, or in the upper grades, when talking about relationships.

If you have other ideas for how you'd like to use this song with your class, please tell my readers below!


  1. This is great! I'm a brand new FSL teacher (and blogger!) this year and I'm always trying to find new activities to keep things interesting. Thanks so much for sharing - great idea and I can't wait to put it to use!


  2. Thanks Meaghan. So happy to get a comment. My class enjoyed the futur simple/futur proche version we used (and then I extended by having them identify all the object pronouns in the song) but it's nice to know that someone else is going to benefit too... that's why I put it out there!


  3. Thank you so much for this! "Des Bottes" is one of our current vocabulary words. I think my kids will love this song! Merci beaucoup!


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