AFT’s focus for the Advanced College Research Writing Course (Upper High School level) will be on applying their analysis to common research methods used in University and College Level courses. These students will participate in discussion-based and discussion-led critical thinking on a chosen topic as well as begin to learn how to expand their ideas by integrating a variety of secondary source material to their chosen topic. In addition, students will hone more heavily on integrating their critical thinking on both their analysis of the primary materials as well as through judgments of the secondary source material.
Full term: 16 August – 12 December (16 Weeks) [Holiday Break: 29 November – 5 December]
BigBlueButton Meeting Times: Every Monday, 4:00pm-5:00pm.
Three different payment options with available discounts:
- Pay for the full term, get 5% off the total
- Pay two half term payments (on 16 August and 10 October), get 3% off the total
- Pay monthly, no discount.
Tuition discount rates are combinable with other discounts!
Other discounts (not combinable with each other but are combinable with the tuition discounts):
- 10% off for returning students from any of the following terms: Summer 2020, Autumn 2020, OR Spring 2021
- 5% Sibling Discount
Assigned Texts for Autumn 2021
There will be a variety of different source materials, such as excerpts of books, articles, and journals. Students will be given access through these materials -- however, a student may choose to purchase their own book if they find it necessary.
What students will study
These courses asks three key questions, no matter what level:
- Research methods: Students will learn how to judge the quality of materials offered them as a means to cultivate an original thesis idea.
- Critical Analysis: Students will analyse texts in depth and judge the critical efficacy of the materials as useful to their thesis..
- Critical Engagement: Through specific group activities, students will be asked provide critical feedback on the development of each students’ thesis ideas as it develops over the course of the term.
- Essay Writing Components through Group Activities: Through an online workshop series, students will need to submit original work and then engage in a series of assessments of their own work and other students, in order to solidify their learning.
New students will be asked to complete a timed placement test. Please email for more information.
The courses are presented through a blend of printed and online material. Students will have access to a website, which includes:
- A week-by-week study planner, with assignments. Due dates will be observed to ensure students’ regular participation.
- Level-appropriate activities designed specifically for each particular course.
- Interactive content: changeable for variety as well as practical application of lessons learned.
- An ongoing assessment guide, available to parents, students, and the teacher through individual portals.
- Access to online peer and teacher reviews and forums where students discuss topical subjects which are monitored by the teacher.
A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for these courses. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices and/or ipads and therefore is not recommended.
Here are the basic requirements:
- A desktop or laptop computer with either an up-to-date version of Windows or macOS.
- The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.
Teaching and assessment
Support from the teacher
Students will have access to their teacher who will mark and comment on their written essays and will review their written assignments and provide feedback, and whom they can ask for advice and guidance. The teacher will designate specific office hours throughout the term, in which students can seek further assistance by phone, if needed.
BigBlueButton Session Times: Every Monday, 4:00pm-5:00pm
Assessments will be provided through weekly check-in exams, coursework completion, and exit exams, which will be visible to students, parents, and the teacher.