American Sign Language

American Sign Language (ASL) is offered as a 2-year language sequence and meets the second langauge requirement for the university bachelor of arts requirement.

The University of Oregon does not currently have a major/minor in American Sign Language.

We have only one instructor for first-year ASL. Due to the overwhelming interest in our ASL sequence, classes fill up quite regularly.

We use the DuckWeb computerized wait list. You may register through the UO computer system only.

Check DuckWeb since student schedules change during the summer months and the first weeks of class.

Contacting the department and/or the instructor of record will not place you on any waiting lists, nor can the instructor override the computerized wait list system.

Sitting in class the first week will not give you a spot in class.


Placement Testing

Because ASL is a visual language without written form, no standardized test is available at our testing center (unlike other second languages).

Our small faculty has limited time to meet with each individual student (especially during the final 2 weeks of the term). In order to begin the process of placement tests, please:

  1. Submit a video of yourself signing. Include:
    Send this to:
    Valentino Vasquez, ASL Sequence
    Communication Disorders and Sciences Program
    University of Oregon College of Education
    5284 University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403

    If on campus: HEDCO Education Building, Room 251
    1. Your name
    2. Where you took ASL classes
    3. What texts or curriculum you used
    4. Who your instructor was
    5. Short monologue about yourself

After evaluating the video, faculty will make placement recommendations or contact the student for further evaluation.

If student successfully passes placement into a level other than 101, we can override the prerequisite requirement so that a student may register if space is available.

As with all second language offerings at a university level, ASL proficiency examination is structured to test at a native-like proficiency level.

Traditionally, students with deaf families, or those who have been through an interpreting program will be able to test out of the ASL sequence.

The examination is meant to be quite rigorous, and would be equal to testing the skill levels of a fluent signer in American Sign Language rather than any form of English based signing.

Proficiency examinations are usually evaluated during the first two weeks of September.


Courses

Successful passage of WR 122 or WR 123 is necessary to register for ASL 101, in order to aid students in their success in a second language course.

Taking writing classes in the same term as ASL will not override the prerequisite for the course.

ASL 101 First-Year American Sign Language
5 Credits — Prerequisite: WR 122 or WR 123 or HC 221H or HC 231H
Study of basic grammatical structure and vocabulary of American Sign Language, expressive and receptive finger-spelling, and introduction to American deaf culture.

ASL 102 First-Year American Sign Language
5 Credits — Prerequisite: C- or better or P in ASL 101 or equivalent
Increased receptive and expressive communication skills in ASL, and study of cultural values and behavioral rules of the deaf community.

ASL 103 First-Year American Sign Language
5 Credits — Prerequisite: C- or better or P in ASL 102 or equivalent
Concentration on understanding and acquiring advanced conversational proficiency. Emphasis on ASL classifiers. Continued study of deaf culture as a linguistic minority.

ASL 201 Second-Year American Sign Language
4 Credits — Prerequisite: C- or better or P in ASL 103 or equivalent
Applied conversational use of ASL through literature, narratives, poetry, and plays. Explores various underlying metaphors found in ASL literature.

ASL 202 Second-Year American Sign Language
4 Credits — Prerequisite: C- or better or P in ASL 201 or equivalent
Emphasis on more abstract and challenging conversational and narrative ranges. Lab and readings cover historical aspects of deaf community and culture.

ASL 203 Second-Year American Sign Language
4 Credits — Prerequisite: C- or better or P in ASL 202 or equivalent
Further emphasis on more abstract and challenging conversational and narrative ranges. Explores broader political and social activities of international deaf community.

ASL 301 American Deaf Culture*
4 Credits
Study of the relationship between small groups and dominant culture in the United States. Explore issues of language, culture, self-representation, identity, and social structure.

*ASL 301 American Deaf Culture fulfills a multicultural course requirement in Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance (IP).