The relationship between the American School for the Deaf (ASD) and the Institut National de Jeunes Sourds (INJS) de Paris began in the early 19th century when Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet traveled to Europe looking for guidance in his efforts to set up the first school for the deaf in the U.S. After arriving in Paris, he was welcomed at INJS, where he studied for several months. He was able to recruit Laurent Clerc, a deaf Frenchman, who accompanied Gallaudet back to Connecticut and assisted in founding ASD.

    The strong connection between the two schools was re-established in 1989 when a modern-day version of the Gallaudet-Clerc exchange was organized. In this program, students and staff from both schools have a chance to meet, visit each other’s schools, and exchange ideas and cultures.

    During a two-year cycle, the students taking French at ASD and the students taking English at INJS become penpals and exchange letters. Then the two groups of students have a chance to meet face-to-face. In the spring of the first year, they meet in the U.S., where the American students are host to the French students. In the spring of the second year, they meet in Paris where the French students host the American students.

    The exchange program has provided an opportunity for students, staff and administrators from each school to meet, to learn form each other, and most importantly, to become friends...

 

La relation entre l’American School for the Deaf (ASD)et l’Institut National des Jeunes Sourds de Paris (INJS) a commence au debut du 19eme siecle quand Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet voyagea a travers l’Europe pour chercher de l’aide dans ses efforts pour creer la premiere ecole pour sourds aux Etats-Unis. Apres son arrivee a Paris, il fut accueilli a l’INJS, ou il etudia pendant plusieurs mois. Il put recruter Laurent Clerc, un homme francais sourd, qui accompagna Gallaudet de retour dans le Connecticut et l’assista a la fondation de l’ASD.

 

Le lien fort entre les deux ecoles a ete reetabli en 1989 quand une version contemporaine de l’echange entre Gallaudet et Clerc fut organisee. Durant ce programme, les eleves et le personnel de chacune des ecoles ont l’occasion de se rencontrer, de visiter l’ecole de chacun, et d’echanger des idees et la culture.

 

Sur un cycle de deux ans, les eleves apprenant le francais a l’ASD et les eleves apprenant l’anglais a l’INJS deviennent correspondants et echangent des lettres. Puis les deux groupes ont la chance de se rencontrer en face a face. Au printemps de la premiere annee, ils se rencontrent aux Etats-Unis ou les eleves americains sont les hotes des eleves francais. Au printemps de la deuxieme annee, ils se rencontrent a Paris ou les eleves francais sont les hotes des eleves americains.

 

L’echange franco-americain est devenue une opportunite pour les eleves, le personnel et l’administration de chaque ecole pour se rencontrer, se connaitre, et surtout, pour devenir des amis...