There is no such thing as “smart”

There is no such thing as “smart”

As educators, we constantly encounter parents, students, and even other teachers who will praise a particular student’s intellect by calling students “smart” or “intelligent” or “bright”. We need to resist this sort of thinking – not only is it incorrect, but it...
New translation tool from Woodpecker Learning | Englist.tw

New translation tool from Woodpecker Learning | Englist.tw

At the top of this post, you should see this button: This is the toggle for a new feature for both Englist and Taipei Teen Tribune. When you turn it on, you can highlight a word in any of our posts and it will translate it automatically to Mandarin (or whichever...
Why we rewrite | ENGLIST

Why we rewrite | ENGLIST

Creating a good piece of writing is a deceptively difficult thing to do. This probably isn’t news to anyone who has tried in earnest to write something well, but it’s an important thing to remember when trying to write in the first place. Great work of any sort rarely...
Tests: students take too many | ENGLIST

Tests: students take too many | ENGLIST

Taiwanese students take too many tests. Exams dominate education in Taiwan to the point of being detrimental, and not just to students. Not only does Taiwan’s testing culture cause profound stress in students and dilutes the significance of major tests, but it also...
Guided reading – why we do it | Englist.tw

Guided reading – why we do it | Englist.tw

Guided reading, in short, is reading we do as a group, along with a teacher. This kind of reading is a very useful method for instilling good reading habits and skills in students because it ensures that readers are getting the most from a text. Guided reading stands...