Nouveaux livres d'André Girod:
"C'est mon Amérique aussi"
" Maires à la dérive ou dérives des maires?"
livre provocateur sur les mairies
Talk on book in the Chicago area
André Girod will present and sign his book
" French American class"
Book published in English
RedleadPress, Pittsburgh, USA
"French American class" by André Girod
André Girod narrates the fabulous adventure of the 10 year old French and American children, traveling to America or to France. The contact of the French children in elementary schools throughout the United States touched more than one million children and familiarize them with the French language and culture. At the time the French American class program was the most innovative and successful exchange program ever. More than 80 000 children participated in the incredible experience.
Book available on Amazon.com or http://redleadbooks.com/
The French-American Program was the subject of many articles in the national, regional and local newspapers in America and France. André Girod became in the 80/90 one of the most known and respected educator in America.
To order book link http://redleadbooks.com/frclitlowayt.html
What was said about the French American class:
« The book brought back only good memories. I am going to share the book with my daughter Betsy and my son George. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. »
George Voinovich, former Governor of Ohio and US Senator.
« It is with real pleasure that I see you have continued this long tradition of friendship to which we are proud between France and the United-States »
Nicolas Sarkozy, former French President
« For the children, the program is an adventure in learning both about themselves and about others. »
Dr Irving Miller, Superintendant, Homewood Illinois.
« I have admired your beliefs and risk-taking and perseverance to make French American Back to Back a meaningful and successful program for those who participated. »
Dr Alfreida Frost, Superintendant, Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
A souligner que dans les années 70/80 Barak Obama a travaillé comme animateur social dans les quartiers noirs de Chicago où travaillairt aussi André Girod pour son programme des classes franco-américaines. Les deux auraient pu se retrouver dans le bureau de la responsable des affaires sociales à la Mauirie de Chicago: Rosa Moore.
Read article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette:
Former Coe instructor connects Cedar Rapids students to France
More than 80,000 students participated in program
For more than two decades, from the late 70s until 2000, Frenchman and former Coe College instructor Andre Girod bridged the gap between the United States and France with an aggressive foreign exchange education program that involved 80,000 American and French fifth-grade students.
Now Girod has documented the experience in his book, “French-American Class: It’s a long way to France.”
“The City of Cedar Rapids was the first city in America to participate in 1977 and many articles were written at the time,” Girod writes in an email.
In Cedar Rapids the program was called Campus International. He points to his blog for people to read more about it. (Most of it is in French but it does have some interesting caricatures of a Frenchman in the United States.)
Girod became a teacher of French in foreign countries after studying at the Sorbonne. He came to the United States in 1959 as a Fulbright scholar and, in 1965, joined Coe College in Cedar Rapids. By the early 70s he became discouraged by the decline of teaching foreign languages in the United States and began the exchange program.
“French-American Class” is published by Red Lead Press in Pittsburgh and can be ordered in either a 126-page soft cover book for $15 or downloaded as an e-book for $10 by clicking here.
Girod would like program participants to try to reconnect via Facebook, since many French people also use it to stay connected to friends.
If program participants wish to contact Girod, he can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
In the New York Times December 16
the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school happened one week after the publication in the United States of the book : « French American class : It’s a long way to France ». The book relates the fabulous adventure of French and American fifth graders who participated in the French-American class program : spending three weeks for the French children in American elementary schools and for American children in French schools.
André Girod the founder of the program had twice the opportunity to visit Newton and Sandy Hook School to see if the community and the school would be willing to participate. André Girod found Newton and its school the idyllic place to host French children. Hundreds and hundreds of small communities were selected throughout the United States for their peaceful environment and the enthusiasm of the school authorities and parents.
In this school there could have been French children and the massacre could have hit French children as well.
It is with great distress that the founder André Girod learned about this terrible event. He visited and worked with thousands of American elementary children : i twas his way to bring peace, joy and knowledge to elementary school children.
What a shame that now elementary schools will be turned into fortresses to avoid any stranger.
Dec. 16, 2012 at 6:16 p.m.
The program had a long article and cover of ACTL magazine:
the most important magazine on foreign language teaching
André Girod was made " Honorary Citizen "
by many American cities
for his innovative and revolutionary program in the 70s/80s
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