Academic Writing

Junior High / High School Level

Academic writing both teaches and gauges a student’s ability for critical thinking and analysis, persuasive communication, and independent thought and reasoning. These are the skills of the future and fundamental to success in a globalized world. Equipping students with these skills is the centerpiece of the Englist program.

Why is academic writing so important?


It develops strong communication skills

Through academic writing, students cultivate their ability to think independently. As they learn about academic writing structure and how to present a strong argument on paper, they are also building more confident communication skills.

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It improves overall English ability

Writing well in English requires proficiency in English grammar and comprehensive knowledge of academic vocabulary. As students strengthen their writing abilities, they also naturally improve their understanding of English grammar, expand their lexicon, and advance their comprehension skills.


It trains students to think critically

Students must exercise their reasoning skills when putting together a well-written academic essay. By employing their analytical skills when constructing a piece of academic prose, students also become stronger independent thinkers.

Our Writing Classes

Writing Essentials

American English Level: Grades 6-8

Writing Essentials introduces students to the idea of writing as a communication tool and as a method of developing deep thinking. Students will try different types of academic writing, including sentence and paragraph construction, summary, review, narrative, creative, and more practical forms like emails and blogging. Students will be challenged to explore ideas they encounter and learn to present their ideas in a convincing and clear manner. Students will also be tasked with developing mechanical skills through mechanics practice and rewriting edited work.

    Essay Writing

    American English level: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-11

    Essay Writing focuses on the Simple Persuasive Essay (SPE), a writing curriculum developed by Englist. The purpose of the SPE is to introduce students to each component of an essay, how to structure these components to convey ideas, and the logical underpinnings of communication and academic writing. Students are also introduced to simple expository and narrative essays, as well as basic stylistic features like transitions and descriptive writing.

    Advanced Writing

    American English level: Grades 9-11

    Advanced Writing expands on the foundations of the Essay Writing course and tasks students with mastering the five paragraph essay, the format most commonly used in Western education. Students also learn to write different types of essays. The course further introduces students to advanced writing formats like research essays, writing for standardized tests like TOEFL and IELTS, and literary tools and analysis. Students at this level focus more heavily on content and reasoning.

    Taipei Teen Tribune Logo

    American English level: Grades 7-12

    Taipei Teen Tribune is an Englist publication founded in 2015, and is written by Taiwanese students about our world and what we think is important. We write about current events, culture, school, trends, and everything in between. All articles are written by Taiwanese students in their own words with minimal editing. These stories are theirs, and chosen because they reflect real opinions and real concerns.

    Students in this class write researched articles and opinion pieces to be published in Englist’s online magazine, Taipei Teen Tribune. Students are only admitted to this class after they’ve proven to be strong enough English readers and writers, and are invited. Most of the students enrolled have studied at Englist for at least two years.

    Proficiency Assessment

    In order to ensure students are placed in the classes they will derive the most benefit from, new students must first take a proficiency test. Englist teachers will evaluate the ]student’s English level and recommend suitable courses based on assessment results.

    Meet Our Students

    Englist students have gone onto prestigious schools all over the world, including …

    UC Santa Barbara

    University College London

    University of Toronto

    Soochow University
    Department of Law

    National Chengchi University

    University of Miami

    King’s College London

    UC Davis

    National Taiwan University

    Our classes are all-English, all the time.

    Native English-speaking teachers

    Our classes are all immersive English-learning environments because our teachers are native English speakers. This allows students to improve their language skills more fluidly and colloquially.

    Small class sizes

    Through group discourse and interaction with their classmates, students are encouraged to speak up and voice their thoughts and opinions. This cultivates their logical thinking and social skills.

    Fostering critical thinking skills

    Students are encouraged to express their ideas through question-and-answer sessions and think critically about their arguments. This helps them become independent thinkers and prepares students for more advanced levels of writing.

    Our mission at Englist

    Unlike most English programs that emphasize “technical” learning to get high SAT scores, or teach students “tricks” to memorize vocabulary and grammar rules more efficiently, Englist adopts a more organic approach. We raise issues to inspire students to think. Group interactions encourage students to speak up and exercise their social skills, and academic writing exercises help them build independent thinking skills. We aim not only to improve students’ English skills, but to help them effectively fulfill their highest potential when they eventually leave the classroom and go out into the world.

    Our Teachers

    Englist prides itself in the quality of our curriculum and teachers. All of our instructors are enthusiastic teachers and experienced educators.


    Teachers speak English at a native level

    With fluent English speakers leading the class, students learn pronunciation and grammar in a much more natural way. This immersive English learning environment allows students to hear the language in the way it would normally be spoken among native English speakers.


    Livelier and more interactive classrooms

    All of Englist’s teachers grew up in Western education systems and instruct students in a similar fashion. We aim to inspire engagement and independent thinking in our students, a departure from the rigid and rote memorization techniques common among many other after school programs in Taiwan. 


    Rich teaching experience in Taiwan

    Our teachers have all had years of experience teaching in Taiwan in various schools and institutes, instructing students of all ages from elementary through high school.

    chloe tseng
    chloe tseng
    我們之前也在別的地方上過英文課程,在綜合評比之下,真心覺得englist的教學態度真的很棒。 千萬不要害怕讓孩子在嚴謹的環境上課,有要求的老師才是認真的,也不要過度自信孩子能自律,哈。 englist的老師在期末會提供一份書面說明,在各個方面予以孩子學習講評,不過度嚴厲也不討好,讓家長與孩子有跡可循,我個人覺得中肯負責。 平時englist也利用line與家長有效率的聯繫溝通,在督導孩子這點很令人放心。 總之我認為很信任englist,謝謝老師與行政人員。
    Mei Wu
    Mei Wu
    Eric Ke
    Eric Ke
    老師能充分掌握每個學生的學習狀態,教學生動活潑有趣。 比照美國小學程度精選教材,加強閱讀分析文意,提升學生的理解力。 持續的寫作練習,對文章架構&文法能力亦有顯著進步。 孩子非常喜歡並期待上課!
    Yichia Lin
    Yichia Lin
    老師對學生的觀察很細膩,能鼓勵學生在生活上多尋找不同的寫作素材,對於學生的寫作方式也有嚴格的要求,每次批改完都會要求孩子重新謄寫rewrite 孩子持續穩定進步中。
    Amy Chen
    Amy Chen
    Deborah Tsai
    Deborah Tsai
    My son attended this school during our summer break back to Taiwan and he loved it! We felt that he needed extra support in learning how to become a better writer but have not had much success with other enrichment programs. Heard about the program from a friend in Taiwan and couldn’t believe our luck. Current plan is to enroll him every time we go back.

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