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DISCOVER NEW WORLDS BY LEARNING A NEW LANGUAGE: Explore CCRI's Ten World Language Fall 2019 course offerings
Explore our World Language course offerings in American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, which vary per semester as well as campus location. Further explore the professional benefits of learning a World Language, the research indicating the benefits of second language acquisition, and how learning a new language is beneficial overall (World Economic Forum).  

NEW:  What the Research Shows: Benefits of Learning a World Language (ACTFL)

"The limits of my language are the limits of my world."
-Ludwig Wittgenstein

Learn more about World Languages at CCRI
Ms. Elizabeth "Etta" Tramonti shares her experience about her studies beyond the Community College of Rhode Island after enrolling in Dr. Notarianni-Girard's French courses. She currently is applying for her PhD and attributes her continued studies of languages due to Dr. Notarianni's guidance, inspiration, and encouragement. She is now "the proud student of seven languages." She kindly shares her experience in her own words: "Developing a Love of Exploring Culture & Language.

Learn more about World 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 World 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 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 World Languages and 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 World Languages at CCRILearn 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 World 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 World Language Department for the override slip. She can be reached by phone at (401) 825-2254 or by e-mail at

Learn more about World Languages at CCRIThree Faculty Members Honored
Professor Maria C. Mansella, along with Ms  Eva-Marie Mancuso, Esq. (Co-Founder and Executive Director, Clothes to Kids, RI, Inc.) and Ms. Lisa Tortolani (VP of were honored at the Rhode Island Annual Epiphany Celebration as the 2019 Rhode Island "Three Wise Women." This event was organized by the by the National Organization of Italian American Women (NOIAW) and took place at Café Nuovo.

Learn more about World Languages at CCRIProfessor Joseph Batiano, who teaches American Sign Language at the Community College of Rhode Island and is also a school counselor, was awarded the 2018-2019 Rhode Island Counselor of the Year Award by the Rhode Island School Counselor Association  

Learn more about World Languages at CCRIDr. Susan A. Brown, Professor of Portuguese & Spanish, Community College of Rhode Island Honored at Conference - A 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 clickhere 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 World Languages at CCRICCRI Study Abroad Programs
Please contact Dr. Deborah Notarianni-Girard, Chair, World 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 World 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 World Languages at CCRIInterested in foreign languages? Explore our World 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]

World Language ConcentrationCCRI World 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 World Language Concentration at the Community College of Rhode Island: World 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 World 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 World 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: 9/21/19