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Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRINEW: Do you qualify for Upper Level Courses at CCRI this Spring 2019? 

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

Explore CCRI's Nine Foreign Language Spring 2019 course offerings
Explore our foreign language course offerings in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, which vary per semester as well as campus location. Further explore the professional benefits of learning a foreign language and the research indicating the benefits of foreign language acquisition.
"The limits of my language are the limits of my world."  
                                                      -Ludwig Wittgenstein

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRIExpand your World! 
Learn the significance of exploring foreign languages in our multilingual and multicultural world by viewing "Lead with Languages" sponsored by ACTFL (The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.) Explore the multitude of foreign language courses offered at the Community College of Rhode Island.

"If we spoke a different language, we would perceive a somewhat a different world"  - Ludwig Wittgenstein

"A wiser, more forward-thinking strategy would be to steadily improve access to as many languages as possible for people of every age, ethnicity, and socioeconomic background—to treat language education as a persistent national need like competency in math or English, and to ensure that a useful level of proficiency is within every student’s reach." -Excerpt from Commission on Language Learning Report
Investing in Language Learning Education in the 21st Century - a publication from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. 
❝To have another language is to possess a second soul.❞  

Dr. Notarianni-GirardDr. Deborah Notarianni-Girard, Chair of the Department of Foreign Languages & Cultures at the Community College of Rhode Island, 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 the Rhode Island Roadmap Language Excellence] 

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRI

Learn about CCRI's Career Path in the Arts & Humanities Further explore the 7 Academic and Career paths at CCRI and discover what direction is best for you. 

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRIDr. Susan A. Brown, Professor of Portuguese & Spanish, Community College of Rhode Island Honored at ConferenceA Tribute 
Dr. Susan A. Brown, Professor of Portuguese & Spanish, was recently honored at the VII Annual Conference on Literature of the Portuguese Language entitled "Boundaries" sponsored by the Center for Portuguese Language Camões at U Mass/Boston. Please click here to watch the Tribute to Dr. Susan A. Brown. (Poem read by Dr. Brown by Fernando Pessoa entitled "Num Dia Excessivamente Nítido." Please click here for Portuguese text  and here for the English translation.)

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. 

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 CCRIStudy Abroad Profile: Mr. Alejandro Tobon shares his remarkable transformative experience as a *CCIS Study Abroad student in Costa Rica. Please click here to read more about his experience. *College Consortium for International Studies

NicoleFormer CCRI Student receives Gilman Scholarship to study in China 
When Rhode Island College 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*  [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: 12/9/18