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Deborah Notarianni-Girard, Ph.D - Chair
Knight Campus
Room 3180
Tel: 401-825-2254

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Jean Potvin
Flanagan Campus

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Knight Campus
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Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRI New: Summer Immersion Program in Italy
The CCRI Summer Program in Italy gives participants a unique opportunity to explore the artistic, intellectual, and cultural traditions of Umbria and nearby regions. For further information, please contact Professor Mansella at or at (401) 825-2011.  

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRI   FACULTY-LED SUMMER STUDY IN SALAMANCA, SPAIN
 For more information about this program, please contact Dr. Hossiri Godo-Solo or Professor Elizabeth Morais
The Community College of Rhode Island offers a two- or three- week language and culture immersion program in the beautiful city of Salamanca in conjunction with Tía Tula Colegio de Español. 

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRI Do you qualify for Upper level Courses? 
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, Department Chair, as she will advise you and also submit an override in order for you to register.  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  

Dr. Notarianni-Girard Dr. Notarianni-Girard, Department Chair, 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 Dr. Notarianni-Girard]

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRI Mr. 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 CCRI Interested 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
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Foreign Language Concentration 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: Foreign Language Concentration Brochure -PDF file*

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRIMr. Alejandro Tobon shares his remarkable transformative experience as a *CCIS Study Abroad student in Costa Rica. Please click here to read. 
*College Consortium for International Studies 

Health Care Interpreter Certificate Program Health Care Interpreter Certificate Program - PDF file* - The Health Care Interpreter certificate program is a two-semester program that prepares an assistant level practitioner for the health care community. [Learn more about the program]

Nicole Former CCRI Student receives Gilman Scholarship to study in China - When RIC 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. [Read more about Nicole Bush]

Happiness and CompassionHappiness and Compassion Go Hand in Hand - The Importance of a Liberal Arts Education PDF file* - Why are the citizens of wealthy Singapore so unhappy? A recent Gallup poll of nearly 150,000 people around the world revealed that the residents of Singapore are the saddest population on the planet. [Learn more about the poll]

Learn more about Foreign Languages at CCRI Why learn another language? - 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. [Read more about language skills]

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Last Updated: 5/27/16