Project Excel

What We Do

Project ExCEL supports multilingual students at RIC by providing academic and non-academic support. ​This program supports multilingual students and language learners academically.

Contact Information

Laura Faria-Tancinco
Coordinator of Project ExCEL
Professional Studies and Continuing Education

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Welcome to our multilingual community at Rhode Island College!

Academic Support

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This program supports multilingual students and language learners academically through:

  • ExCEL Courses
  • Referrals to tutors and other RIC academic support services (OASIS, the Math Center, the Writing Center, etc.)
  • Peer study groups
  • Academic networking between peers
  • Personalized advice for navigating RIC administrative services (Financial Aid Office, Bursar’s Office, advising, etc.)
  • And more!!

For more information about Project ExCEL courses, click here.

Non-Academic Support

We also support multilingual students by making connections to:

  • ExCEL Student Mentors
  • Referrals for campus resources (Counseling Services, Learning for Life)
  • Resources on and off campus (food, housing, etc.)
  • Peer to peer social networking
  • Meet other multilingual students at RIC

Program Details

These are not your average language classes! 

In this program, you will conference with a professor and bring your assignments from other classes to the Project ExCEL meeting. During ExCEL class time, we review your work before you hand it in to your professor. Project ExCEL can help at ANY point of an assignment: beginning, brainstorming, organizing ideas, editing or finishing your final draft. All of this while receiving college credits! 

We offer 2 Project ExCEL courses to help students with their academic needs:

 Fall Semester   Spring Semester
Courses Offered

ESL 180

4 credits

4 hours each week

ESL 150
1 credit
1.5 hours each week

ESL 150

1 credit

1.5 hours each week

Course Content

This intensive course is designed to prepare students with the strategies to ExCEL in college.

Scheduled, Weekly One-on-one Conferences with your instructor

You will learn & practice strategies for:

Academic Writing

These strategies will help you feel more confident in your First Year Writing and First Year Seminar courses.

Academic Reading

These strategies will help you to read smarter not harder in your college classes. Students often have to read: scientific research, current event articles, etc.

Academic Listening

These strategies will help you be an active listener and take more effective notes during your lecture classes.

Academic Speaking

These strategies will allow you to prepare and practice your class presentations.

This course is designed as a weekly check-in with the Program Coordinator and a way to join RIC's bilingual student community.

This course is open to all multilingual students on campus and past & present ExCEL students.

During each weekly meeting, students:

... eat together!

... have assignments reviewed before submitting them to their professor

... get advice about classes on their schedule

... get reminders about important academic dates & deadlines

... study in small groups

... ask for academic advice

... learn more about  services at RIC (academic and non-academic)​

This course provides continual support - until graduation!

Students can take this course during their freshman year, and continually enroll every semester until graduation.

Keeping close connections with your ExCEL-lent bilingual community is an important key to staying in school and graduating!​

Guidelines for ExCEL Admissions

Visit the following page to review the guidelines for admissions​. ​

Our ExCEL Student Mentors keep in contact with multilingual RIC students. If there is anything we can help you with, we would love to hear about it. We are here to help for issues in and out of the classroom. 

Project ExCEL Student Mentors

Office Calls: 401-456-9016

Texts: 401-764-4947


Our mentors are happy to:

  • Connect students with academic guidance
  • Help with academic work and strategies
  • Advocate for students
  • Help you find on and off campus resources
  • Provide a social and academic support network
  • Promote peer to peer mentorship

Project ExCEL Staff​

Laura Faria-Tancinco

Coordinator of Project ExCEL
Theresa Rego

ExCEL Student Mentor
Briana Agramonte

ExCEL Student Mentor

The Project ExCEL office is located at Roberts Hall, Office Suite 303.

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Fall 2022

1 Credit Courses


TUESDAYS, 7-8:30pm
ESL 150-02 (Course Number: 10777)
Online Synchronous

WEDNESDAYS, 12:15-1:45pm
ESL 150-01 (Course Number: 10776)
In Person, Classroom: Henry Barnard School, Room 215

4 Credit Courses

ESL 180-01 (Course Number: 10778)
In Person, Classroom: Henry Barnard School, Room 215

What do we do in ExCEL classes? Read descriptions in the Academic Support tab.

Problems adding Project ExCEL classes to your schedule?
Contact the Project ExCEL Coordinator:​ ​​