Learn to speak dog, write your life story

Con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion not just for pro­fes­sional de­vel­op­ment

24 Hours Toronto - - EDUCATION - LINDA WHITE

Men­tion the words ‘con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion’ or ‘part-time learn­ing’ and cour­ses and pro­grams de­signed to help you fur­ther your ca­reer or even launch a new ca­reer may come to mind. But con­tin­u­ing ed­u­ca­tion also of­fers a host of life­style and leisure that can help you en­joy a favourite hobby or dis­cover a new in­ter­est.

Here’s a sam­pling of some unique classes, some of which are part of pro­grams that lead to cer­tifi­cates or des­ig­na­tions.

LEARN TO SPEAK DOG Learn­ing how to read sub­tle body lan­guage and com­mon dog be­hav­iour, and how to rec­og­nize the dif­fer­ent types of barks and what they mean will help to cre­ate a deeper bond, man­age be­hav­iours and pre­vent unwanted sit­u­a­tions at the dog park, on a walk or at home. Of­fered at Cen­ten­nial Col­lege

HOME IM­PROVE­MENT Get ready to tackle your own home im­prove­ment projects with cour­ses in car­pen­try, ba­sic elec­tri­cal, plumb­ing, hard­wood in­stal­la­tion, ce­ramic tiling, and crown mould­ing and other in­te­rior ap­pli­ca­tions. Com­plete all cour­ses and earn a recog­ni­tion of achieve­ment. Of­fered at Durham Col­lege

EDIBLE GAR­DEN­ING IN THE

CITY Learn how to grow and har­vest veg­eta­bles, fruits and herbs. De­velop your abil­ity to trans­plant and main­tain plants while sur­vey­ing new cul­ti­vars and clas­sic selections. Learn to gar­den in a va­ri­ety of set­tings, from pa­tio con­tain­ers and ver­ti­cal gar­dens to raised beds and com­mu­nity plots. Of­fered at Ge­orge Brown Col­lege FOUN­DA­TIONS OF MIND­FUL­NESS Ex­plore the his­tory of mind­ful­ness as a univer­sal prac­tice of cul­ti­vat­ing aware­ness, from an­cient wis­dom tra­di­tions to the story of the Bud­dha and the spread of Bud­dhism.

This course is part of a cer­tifi­cate in mind­ful­ness stud­ies, which pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to learn and prac­tise var­i­ous mind­ful­ness-based in­ter­ven­tions, which may be uti­lized both per­son­ally and pro­fes­sion­ally. Of­fered by Hum­ber Col­lege

TRUE TO LIFE: WRIT­ING YOUR

OWN STORY Ad­ven­ture, tur­bu­lence, joy: we all con­tain a uni­verse of sto­ries. Is it time for you to get started, or restarted, in putting your per­sonal nar­ra­tives on pa­per? This re­laxed, sup­port­ive work­shop will help you find the tales you want to tell and the craft and tech­nique to make them com­pelling to read as mem­oir, per­sonal es­say or a be­gin­ning ex­plo­ration.

Of­fered at Ry­er­son Univer­sity’s The Chang School of Con­tin­u­ing Ed­u­ca­tion

THE BEAU­TI­FUL GAME Whether you call it ‘soc­cer,’ ‘foot­ball’ or ‘footie,’ it’s the world’s No. 1 sport. Sport­snet soc­cer host James Shar­man talks and leads de­bates on every­thing from the Premier, La Liga, Serie and the Women’s World Cup to Ma­jor League Soc­cer, Bun­desliga and the Cham­pi­onship. Of­fered at Seneca Col­lege

SPAN­ISH CON­VER­SA­TION

ONE Learn how to speak, read and write Span­ish at an in­tro­duc­tory level. Dis­cuss var­i­ous Span­ish and Latin Amer­i­can cul­tural, so­cial, his­tor­i­cal, geo­graphic and eco­nomic is­sues. Com­plete all three con­ver­sa­tional cour­ses and earn a recog­ni­tion of achieve­ment. Of­fered at Sheri­dan Col­lege

SONG­WRIT­ERS’ SKILL SET Need to break out of your song­writ­ing rut? Gen­er­ate new songs each week and work­shop them in a re­spect­ful group en­vi­ron­ment. Top­ics ad­dressed in­clude bor­rowed chords, us­ing the modes, im­prov­ing your melody, mod­u­la­tion, how to fin­ish verse two, good habits for pro­lific writ­ing, and lyri­cal dos and don’ts. Suit­able for all mu­si­cal lev­els. Of­fered at Univer­sity of Toronto

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