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CCRI students earning their Liberal Arts degree may choose to concentrate in World Languages and 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 and Cultures Department provides students with opportunities and events that reach beyond the textbook, 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: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.  Learn more from Forbes about the Benefits of Learning World Languages. 

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

Mission Statement

Languages Offered

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

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

Explore summer/fall 2020 World Language Course offerings

Intermediate Course Placement

If you are continuing the language you began in high school (having studied it for 2 or more years), or if you have studied the language in college for 1 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 Language Department for the override slip. She can be reached by phone at (401) 825-2254 or by e-mail at

America's Language Caucus

Learn more about the newly formed 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."