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ASL Immersion (Annual Silent Weekend)

The Western Region Interpreter Education Center and Western Oregon University are co-hosting the sixth annual Silent Weekend immersion experience at Western Oregon University, July 25-27


Workshops and Schedule Announced!

Schedule at a Glance (2 pages)


Complete Abstracts, Presenter Bios and Schedule

Registration information here! Rate is $125 for 1.9 PS CEUs!

There are opportunities to earn up to 1.9 CEUs during this weekend. If you are looking for some worthwhile workshops, some great entertainment, and a chance to sharpen your skills then Silent Weekend is for you!


Silent Weekend is conducted completely in American Sign Language (ASL). The event is for Deaf and hearing students, interpreters, interpreter educators, and ASL instructors. It is held at Western Oregon University during the summer.


Attendees can choose between workshops centered around professional development for interpreters (IPD) or aspiring interpreters or workshops focused on ASL linguistics and ASL skill improvement.

This will be the 6th year of the ASL Immersion Silent Weekend, July 25-27, 2014. Silent Weekend is a regional skill development immersion activity over three days at Western Oregon University, conducted completely in ASL. This event brings on average 120 interpreters, ASL teachers, and students-Deaf and hearing alike-from AK, HI, WA, OR, ID, CA, AZ, NV, MT, LA, DC and other states. (Recommended ASL fluency at 2 years or more of study.)

"The camaraderie and energy of our (perfectly sized-both intimate & not too small) group was a pleasant surprise. I didn't think I'd make new friends like I did or bust a gut laughing, but I did. It was truly an inspiration - the entire weekend. I like most that I surprised myself while there. I am shy and still developing my skills, confidence and grasp of the field, transitioning from ITP as a working professional. Exploring a space with colleagues, interpreting students, ASL students, seasoned and professional interpreters, Deaf educators, CDIs and ASL & Interpreting instructors brought out a commonality I wasn't expecting that was not only special but very profound and immeasurably valuable. I came away with a renewed energy to continue doing what I love and for that I am extremely grateful & ready for next year!"

"Loved the amount of variety in programming."

"The workshops were EXCELLENT!! Honestly, some of the best I've had. The workshops were EXCELLENT!! Honestly, some of the best I've had. I enjoyed and benefited from this so much more... I loved having Deaf presenters who were very qualified to teach the subject, over hearing interpreters teaching that same topic. Everyone was so relaxed and friendly, it made the weekend such a pleasant experience! I plan to attend every year!"


"I will continue to think about what I learned. Interesting, fun, and applicable. Thanks!"


"I was thrilled to see this workshop offered at Silent Weekend! Great job on opening our eyes to a new topic!!"

"I will be back every year if possible!"

"Best one yet!"

There will be opportunities to earn up to 1.9 PS CEUs during this weekend. If you are looking for some worthwhile workshops, some great entertainment, and a chance to sharpen your skills, then Silent Weekend is for you!

Registration is open NOW! $125 for 1.9 PS CEUs, or $100 for students. All info to register is here

Airport & Transportation Options to Monmouth: Word


More about Monmouth, Oregon Info


For more information regarding Silent Weekend, contact CM Hall at hallcm@wou.edu.



In July 2013, Western Oregon University hosted the fifth annual immersion weekend for sign language students, interpreter practitioners and interpreter educators. Participation spiked this year, with over 125 in attendance from 11 states, including, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, Texas, Maryland, Nevada, Mississippi, and Washington DC. There were 19 professional development and skill-building workshops offered with Deaf and hearing presenters alike. There were also social and silent meals, ice-breakers and activities.


Silent Weekend ParticipantsA view from the workshop

Weekend is conducted in ASL.  Proficiency level preferred: ASL 6 (2 years proficiency) and above.





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