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New: Spring 2021Please complete our brief survey to assist you with your World Language course selections. 

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: ACTFL 21st Century Learners; Forbes: Benefits of Learning World Languages, as well as what the research indicates regarding second language acquisition: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL).  Explore CCRI's Career Path in the Arts & Humanities.  

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

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Languages Offered

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

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

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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. Deborah Notarianni-Girard, 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