EQUIPPING STUDENTS TO COMMUNICATE CLEARLY AND EFFECTIVELY
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . and the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and Truth.”
Through the utterance of His Word, God spoke all things into existence; through the revelation of His Word, God established the means by which man might know Him; through the Incarnation of His Word, God showed Himself to humanity as our Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ. Thus, “the Word” represents the dynamic cause of the universe, and the essential nature of Deity and creation including humanity. Through the Word, humanity discovers God, the meaning of life, and our responsibility to love one another as God has loved us. The Word comprises language including its ideological substance, its form and structure, and its communication. God has imparted to humanity a mind to fathom the Word, and language serves as the conduit whereby the mind receives and transmits the Word. Form and structure bind language into a communicable package; without this design, man cannot communicate the truth that words embody. Consequently, from the student’s first exposure to language, Providence stresses legibility achieved through neat, consistent penmanship, proper spelling aided by phonetics, identification and reproduction of appropriate grammar, and the understanding and use of effective punctuation. The substance of ideas and the structure of language unite to create the classical works of literature read by Providence students. These challenging books, however fictitious, embody realistic themes of human experience in an engaging manner. The components of the Providence English curriculum combine to equip the students to clearly and effectively articulate themselves, both in spoken and written word, and to develop the cognitive skills which will enable them to both understand and analyze all communication of knowledge, regardless of discipline.