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CCRI students earning their Liberal Arts degree may choose to concentrate in World Languages and Cultures. This concentration prepares students for further study at the baccalaureate level. One of the only community colleges in New England to offer ten languages, CCRI's World Languages and Cultures Department provides students with opportunities and events that reach beyond the textbook, giving them a true feeling for what it is like to be a part of and experience a foreign culture.

Mission Statement

Languages Offered

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic**
  • Chinese
  • French*
  • German*
  • Italian*
  • Japanese**
  • Portuguese*
  • Russian**
  • Spanish*

*Areas of World Language concentration.
**Basic spoken classes only.

Intermediate Course Placement

If you are continuing the language you began in high school (having studied it for 2 or more years), or if you have studied the language in college for 1 year, you should enroll in the Intermediate level classes. You will need an override slip to do so which is a simple step. Please contact Dr. Deborah Notarianni-Girard, Chair of the World Language Department for the override slip. She can be reached by phone at (401) 825-2254 or by e-mail at