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HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH - The Rhode Island Historical Society

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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

NEW Course Offering: THE GLOBAL EDGE

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 Spring 2024, which focuses on harnessing your limitless talents while at the College.  

SPRING 2024 - Late Start:  ITAL-1900: The Italian Heritage

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