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Exciting New Worlds & Cultures await you at CCRI, be it in-person, hybrid, or fully online this Summer and Fall 2024. 



An Introduction to Language and Cultures to Thrive in the 21st Century    

Benefits of Language Learning

“If we spoke different languages, we would perceive a somewhat different world." - Wittgenstein

Explore incredible opportunities through CCRI's Career Path in the Arts & Humanities, as well as our critical thinking course, LIBA-1000: The Learner's Journey in Fall 2024, which focuses on harnessing your limitless talents while at the College.  

Exciting Opportunity: Fall 2024 - ITAL-1900: The Italian Heritage 

This course introduces students to the cultural development of the Italian people through the centuries.

Ms. Kelly A. Grace
Ms.Kelly A. Grace, Phi Theta Kappa


Our 2024 CCRI Student Profile in Excellence

Ms. Kelly A. Grace, a Phi Theta Kappa Honors student, was selected as a 2024 New Century Transfer Pathway Scholar and recognized at the Annual Phi Theta Kappa President’s Breakfast during the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Convention, Monday, April 8, 2024, in Louisville, Kentucky.

Her selection was based on the score she earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition, for which more than 2,200 applications were received. Ms. Grace was the top-scoring student from Rhode Island.This program is sponsored by the Coca-Cola Foundation and the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, with additional support provided by the American Association of Community Colleges and Phi Theta Kappa.  Ms. Grace shall be attending the PTK Conference in Orlando, Florida with Professor Laurie Sherman, PTK Advisor, and then attending the AACC Convention in Kentucky. 
Ms. Grace's Honors Project, DIFFERENTLY-ABLED and Proud: My Journey Discovering that Dreams DO Come True completed while enrolled in the "The Learner's Journey," has inspired many at the College to indeed realize that "dreams do come true." She is currently serving in several leadership positions at the College, including as Chapter Vice President of Phi Theta Kappa, Vice President of the Italian Club, as well as a peer tutor. 

We congratulate her extraordinary accomplishments and exemplary scholarly excellence! Please read more about Ms. Kelly's extraordinary academic journey: CCRI in the News.

Scholarship Opportunities to Study Abroad: The Gilman Scholarship

Please contact Dr. Hossiri Godo-Solo, Chair of the Department of World Languages & Cultures, if you have any questions about our World Language course offerings.

CCRI's Career Path - Liberal Arts with a concentration in World Languages

New:  The Global Edge: "Top 10 Reasons to Learn Languages" 

New Featured Article: The Importance of Languages in Global Context: An International Call to Action

Students earning their Liberal Arts degree may choose to concentrate in World Languages & 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 & Cultures Department provides students with opportunities and events that reach beyond the classroom, giving them a true feeling for what it is like to be a part of and experience other cultures.

Learn more about the benefits of learning World Languages: Forbes: Benefits of Learning World Languagesas well as what the research indicates regarding second language acquisition: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).

Please explore our Tutoring & Academic Coaching opportunities available to all students enrolled at the College. 

Mission Statement

Languages Offered

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

*Areas of World Language concentration.

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Lead with Languages

Intermediate Course Placement

If you are continuing the language you began in high school (having studied it for two or more years), or if you have studied the language in college for one 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. Hossiri Godo-Solo, Chair of the World Languages & Cultures Department for the override slip, either by phone at (401) 825-2254 or by e-mail at [email protected]

America's Languages Caucus

The mission of the America’s Languages Caucus is "to set forth a national strategy to raise awareness about the importance of world language learning and international education, particularly as it relates to the nation’s economic and national security; ensure adequate resources are directed toward the study of world language learning; and focus on improving access for students and educators who wish to participate in these fields of study, including world languages, Native American languages, and English for English learners." Learn more about Investing in Language Education for the 21st Century. 

America's Languages Caucus

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