World Languages and Cultures Mission Statement

  1. Internal Goals:
    1. To develop and improve courses to serve community and students’ needs in specialized, technical, and occupational areas through course offerings such as: Basic Spoken courses, Human Services, Medical Personnel and Law Enforcement courses; experimental courses in less commonly taught languages such as Chinese, Japanese Russian and Arabic; Distance Learning courses.
    2. To build a basic awareness of foreign language courses offered at CCRI and to encourage study beyond the elementary level through such activities as cultural diversity fairs, open house, community relationships, student club activities, student travel, study abroad programs, and student award dinner ceremonies.
    3. To create and maintain a successful environment for foreign language education by being sensitive to class size, student special needs, student faculty and course evaluation; by encouraging faculty professional development in the use of instructional technology to enhance the classroom experience; and by identifying student developmental/placement and tutorial needs.
  2. External Goals:
    1. To improve CCRI’s articulation with secondary schools, Rhode Island College, and University of Rhode Island in the area of continuity of foreign language study and course development.
    2. To broaden and infuse foreign language offerings in other programs and disciplines as an integral part of a cross academic college curriculum. For example, Spanish for Law Enforcement Personnel, Spanish for Medical Personnel, the Health Care Interpreter Certificate Program, and the Prismatic Perception/Learner’s Journey Critical Thinking Project.
    3. To attract and maintain the interest of students, faculty of other disciplines, administrators and guidance personnel in the realization of the following:
      • Our increasingly global society requires a knowledge and appreciation of other cultures, races, and linguistic differences
      • Foreign language acquisition is the key to the understanding of the customs and culture of a people. The importance of cultural sensitivity and awareness has taken on an especially important role in our modern-day global society
      • The development of a global perspective and an in-depth understanding of world events is a vital national imperative

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: 8/15/19