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Frequently asked questions about ASL placement and course availability.

Thank you for your interest in the UO American Sign Language sequence.  Due to the overwhelming interest in our ASL sequence, we attempt below to answer a variety of questions.

  1. “The Fall term ASL 101 class keeps filling up and I cannot get in”:  We have only one instructor for First year ASL. Classes fill up quite regularly, BUT you should always check Duck Web, as student schedules change during the summer months and the first weeks of class.

  1. “Do you have a waiting list for ASL 101?”  At this time, we are utilizing the DuckWeb computerized wait list. You may register on a through the UO computer system only. 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.
  2. “I took ASL in high school/other college and think I can test into a higher level of ASL”  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:

    a)   Submit a DVD of yourself signing. Include: Your name; where you took ASL classes; what texts or curriculum you used; who your instructor was and a little monologue about yourself. Send this to: Jo Larson..ASL sequence, University of Oregon College of Education, CDS program.   5284 University of Oregon Eugene, OR 97403. If on campus: HEDCO Education building room 253

    b) 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 pre-requisite requirement so that a student may register if space is available.

  1. “I know enough ASL or I took enough ASL to be able to test out of the 2-year sequence, do you have proficiency exams?”   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.
  1. I want to major/minor in American Sign Language, can I do that?   The University of Oregon does not currently have a major/minor in American Sign Language. We offer a 2-year second language sequence. For those wanting to get into a CDS, teaching or counseling profession, we offer “ASL for Educators” and encourage students to take that course rather than the 2-year language sequence.  The University of Oregon does not have an ASL/English interpreter training program.
  1. Can I just study hard on my own and take ASL 102? What is the sequence you offer?

The ASL sequence is as follows:  (100 level = 1st year/200 level=2nd year)

FALL:        ASL 101 (3 sections)  or ASL 201 (3 sections)
WINTER:  ASL 102 (3 sections) or ASL 202 (3 sections)             
SPRING:   ASL 103 (3 sections) or ASL 203 (2 sections)

As ASL is offered in a sequence, it is likely that all spaces will be taken by the current cohort. You will need to work on securing your space in class through Duck Web.  Special circumstances do not help in overriding the computerized wait list system. No one will be admitted to a class above entry level ASL unless they pass a placement examination.

  1. What is the graduation requirement for 2nd language at the UO?  For the Bachelor of Arts degree, you must complete two years of a second language: equal to successfully completing ASL 203 with a grade of C- or better.
  1. Are there any prerequisites?   Successful passage of Writing 122 or Writing 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 pre-requisite for the course.
  1. Is ASL required for the CDS major?   All CDS majors should look to their program plan for specific requirements. ASL 311 (ASL for Educators) is the only required ASL class. The 2-year language sequence is not a requirement for CDS majors.
  1. Where can I go for more information about ASL classes in other areas or about becoming a Sign Language interpreter?   There are many websites that can direct you into programs. Two of the most common referrals we make are to:
  • American Sign Language Teachers’ Association (ASLTA)
  • National Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf  (NRID)

Fall term: Additional information for ASL 100 sequence

  1. We cannot override/increase the number of students allowed to register for courses due to fire marshal restrictions on space.  Attending the first day of class when you are not registered is not advised and will not gain you a space in the class.
  1. We cannot override the pre-requisites for writing if you are taking summer courses or are taking concurrent writing coursework in the fall.
  1. Please be aware that we are merely a sequence of courses, taught by a single faculty member for first year ASL, and a single faculty member for second year ASL. As such, we cannot answer each email individually – nor take into consideration every possible iteration of why you may need this class fall term. We are grateful that this sequence is a popular one, and know of the necessity for ASL in a variety of circumstances and we are working diligently to ensure access for all students in the future.


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