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New: CCRI Study Abroad Programs
Please contact Dr. Deborah Notarianni-Girard, Chair, Foreign Language Department and Coordinator of Study Abroad Programs for more information on the variety of study abroad opportunities available through CCRI/College Consortium for International Studies Programs. Please e-mail Dr. Notarianni-Girard at  to learn more.

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRIThe Importance of Learning a Foreign Language 
Learn the significance of exploring foreign languages in our multilingual and multicultural world by viewing "Lead with Languages" sponsored by ACTFL. Explore the multitude of foreign language courses offered at the Community College of Rhode Island in spring 2017

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRIDo you qualify for Upper Level Courses at CCRI?
If you have already studied a foreign language for 2 or more years at the high school level, or more than 1 year at the college level, you should be enrolled in upper level courses, that is Intermediate or Advanced. Please contact Dr. Deborah Notarianni-Girard, Chair of the Foreign Language Department for the override slip. She can be reached by phone at (401) 825-2254 or by e-mail at  

Dr. Notarianni-GirardDr. Notarianni-Girard, Department Chair, advocates for foreign language education as one of 56 chosen to serve as a member of the sixth Rhode Island Language Summit, which is part of the "Roadmap to National Language Excellence" federal initiative. [Read more about Dr. Notarianni-Girard]

Summer 2017 Travel Study Program in Italy

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRIThe CCRI Summer Program in Italy gives participants a unique opportunity to explore the artistic, intellectual, and cultural traditions of Umbria and nearby regions.  Join the Summer 2017 Travel Study Program in Italy for its unique, personalized and memorable experience! The program is open to college students, professionals and community members with an interest in the Italian language and culture. No Italian language knowledge is required. For further information, please contact Professor Mansella at or at (401) 825-2011

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRIInterested in foreign languages? 
Explore our Foreign Language Concentration and begin with our Basic Spoken or Elementary language classes. For more information please contact Dr. Deborah Notarianni-Girard, Chair by telephone at (401) 825-2254 or at
[View available courses]

Foreign Language ConcentrationForeign Language Concentration Brochure  - Students who enroll in the Liberal Arts Program may select an area of study in which to concentrate. Learn more about the Foreign Language Concentration: Foreign Language Concentration Brochure -PDF file*

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRIWhy learn another language? 
A foreign language concentration provides students with the opportunity to learn skills that are applicable across a wide range of career fields. Learning a language helps students round out their skills and widens their possibilities in the global economy. [Read more about language skills]

Mr. Bryan Bowes shares his experience traveling abroad to Brazil in his essay entitled  "The Gift of Language in a Foreign Land."   Please click here to read. 

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRIMr. Alejandro Tobon shares his remarkable transformative experience as a *CCIS Study Abroad student in Costa Rica. Please click here to read. 
*College Consortium for International Studies

NicoleFormer CCRI Student receives Gilman Scholarship to study in China - When RIC student Nicole Bush decided she wanted to spend some time away from Rhode Island, she wasn’t thinking about a trip to the Poconos. Bush, a RIC junior majoring in anthropology, will study in China during the spring semester after being awarded a $3,500 Gilman Scholarship. [Read more about Nicole Bush]

Happiness and CompassionHappiness and Compassion Go Hand in Hand - The Importance of a Liberal Arts Education PDF file* - Why are the citizens of wealthy Singapore so unhappy? A recent Gallup poll of nearly 150,000 people around the world revealed that the residents of Singapore are the saddest population on the planet. [Learn more about the poll]

Contact Information

Deborah Notarianni-Girard, Ph.D - Chair
Knight Campus
Room 3180
Tel: 401-825-2254

Carol Panaccione
Professor/Website Content Manager/Advisor
Jean Potvin
Flanagan Campus

Cynthia G. McClintock
Knight Campus

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Last Updated: 4/16/17