Academic Writing

Junior High / High School

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. Furthermore, these skills are imperative for strong performance on major tests like the SAT and ACT, and are the core of what universities require of prospective students.

Why is academic writing so important?


It builds stronger communication skills

Students who can write a convincing and structured essay can speak in a clear and structured way, and with confidence. Not only will these individuals write well, but they will speak and think using these same strategies.

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 It develops critical thinking skills

The ability to move from one idea to the next and to understand the connection seems straightforward, but it is surprising how few people ever actually train this capacity. Learning to write, however, teaches students how to reason. In other words, writing teaches students “structured thinking”.


It improves overall language skills

Academic writing is a synthesis of all other language skills. You need strong grammar. You need an academic vocabulary. You need to be able to listen to and comprehend instructions, and you need to be able to speak up to ask questions and assert your opinions. And most importantly, you need to have read an awful lot.

Our Academic Writing Classes

Writing Essentials

【Suitable for American grade levels 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

    【Suitable for American grade levels 6-8, 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.

    Extended practice

    【Suitable for American grade levels 9-11】

    Extended writing practice classes expand 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

    【Suitable for American grade level 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.

    In order to ensure students are placed in the most appropriate classes, all new students must undergo an assessment. Englist teachers will determine the course level that will benefit the student the most based on test results.

    Meet Our Students

    Englist students have gone on to 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 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.

    Nicole Lee
    Nicole Lee
    老師親切有耐心,專業度更是不用說! 對於孩子的情形都會即時反映給家長👍
    Sharlene Yeh
    Sharlene Yeh
    非常有系統的帶領孩子分析文本,閱讀文章~😃用母語式方式自然學習英文並且學習有脈絡的組織想法寫出文章,很感謝Teacher Andrew 的耐心教導!😃🙏
    mengchun chang
    mengchun chang
    我這邊以家長的角度來分享。 我的孩子中年級,我想替他尋找好的英文奠基課程,也希望在學校附近、交通方便的教學環境,當初在比較過後,選擇ENGLIST,這一年下來,衷心認為ENGLIST是很棒的選擇! 語言的學習需要input和output,這裡是透過閱讀、還有一起討論教材,來練習寫作,課程會討論小說和與美國同步的小學教材,是很扎實的語言學習! 老師很重視親師溝通,每週會更新學習進度,也會簡述小孩的課堂學習狀況,我覺得ENGLIST很棒!
    Irene Tsai
    Irene Tsai
    My girls have been studying here for several years. They have built solid foundation in English writing, which help them in all subjects in school. I would strongly recommend this place for whoever want to perfect their writing skill!
    Una Chuang
    Una Chuang
    Best place for learning English. Classes are very helpful and beneficial for students. Throughout the years of learning at Englist my writing skills have improved a lot and my grades have gotten better. The environment is suitable for learning and the teachers give genuine and useful advice.
    Kira Chen
    Kira Chen
    I have been in this program for a few years now and my writing and over all communicating skills have improved a lot. The teaching technique here is one of the most effective ways to learn and use writing.
    The learning environment is great, the teachers are hardworking, and the classes truly benefit the students. It can be a tough class at times, but the results can be clearly seen. Both the English writing ability and overall critical thinking and learning ability of the student will very obviously improve.
    Kate Huang
    Kate Huang
    The Englist program has really improved my critical thinking skills. The classes are interesting and people should definitely go! Your money will not be wasted, for sure.
    Felix Tsai
    Felix Tsai
    Englist is a great place to learn. The teachers are supportive and even gives us advice for things like college apps. My writing skill has increased by leaps and bounds since i joined Englist.


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