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 is designed to initiate English second-language learners into the world of academic writing. This class starts students on the process of learning deep-thinking skills, including critical thinking, analysis, and organized communicative thought. Writing Essentials engages students with a variety of writing formats, specifically standard academic writing styles (persuasive, expository, narrative), creative writing, basic literary analysis and response, and analysis of current events through journalistic writing.

By reading and responding to these types of writing formats, students are able to develop those essential skills necessary to be capable and productive academic writers in other classes like Basic Essay Writing, Advanced Writing, and Taipei Teen Tribune. Furthermore, the Writing Essentials class lays the foundation for strong academic writing, communication, and thinking skills that will serve students through high school, university, and beyond.

    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.

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    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.

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    Through our application process, parents gain a better understanding of which specific parts of their child’s English language ability need improvement. Teachers make course recommendations based on the results of an Englist proficiency assessment in order to ensure students are placed in the classes they will derive the most benefit from.

    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.

    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.
    Victor Lu呂朕皓
    Victor Lu呂朕皓
    I joined Englist in September 2018, and it is my pleasure to work with the teachers here. It is a conducive environment for students to strengthen their English critical thinking and communication skills through intensive writing training. I enjoy my time at Englist very much, and I hope more students come and join this writing community.
    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.
    peg lei
    peg lei
    閱讀是所有學習的基石~ 在Englist可以很深刻感受得到這樣的信念,對於這樣的教育理念我十分的認同,因為這是在我兩個孩子身上看見的,想要建立良好的寫作技巧沒有捷徑,但是有方法。Englist的培訓有一套嚴謹的計劃,能很扎實的建立孩子寫作技巧與觀念。我的孩子更透過由Englist組織經營、學生撰寫的英文評論刊物「Taipei Teen Tribune」,發展出對寫作的熱誠並且大大提升寫作素質與眼界,讓喜愛寫作的孩子有一個公開發表的平台。Englist團隊在教育上的用心讓我欽佩又放心。 Thank you ENGLIST~
    sweetie yeh
    sweetie yeh
    孩子在Englist上了一年覺得進步非常多, Tr. Andrew 除了會教閱讀寫作, 時事, 孩子生活或學校上的事情也都會跟老師分享, 每週孩子很期待去上課⋯ 我們很放心把孩子交給Englist.

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