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Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRI

Do 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

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRICCRI's Nine Foreign Language Course Offerings
Explore our foreign language course offerings, which vary per semester, in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. Please read about the benefits of foreign language learning from ACTFL, as well as the importance of Investing in Language Learning Education in the 21st Century - a publication from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRICCRI 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. "If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat a different world" - Ludwig Wittgenstein

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 summer 2018
❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞ ‒Charlemagne

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]

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRIThe Importance of the Humanities in the 21st Century
As Mr. Tim Cook, CEO of Apple stated with regard to the importance of the humanities, I'm more concerned about people thinking like computers without values or compassion or concern for the consequences. That is what we need you to help us guard against. Because if science is a search in the darkness, then the humanities are a candle that shows us where we have been and the danger that lies ahead." - Mr. Tim Cook, MIT Commencement Address, June 10, 2017

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 ConcentrationCCRI Foreign 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 at the Community College of Rhode Island: Foreign Language Concentration Brochure - PDF file* 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.

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRIMr. 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.

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

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Knight Campus

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Last Updated: 3/16/18