Top 10 online adult classes available from the Toronto District School Board | Things To Do

People may be stuck at home, but the Toronto District School Board still wants to help them learn new skills.

Its Learn4Life program offers a variety of general interest courses for adults (ages 18 and up), including classes on food and fitness, languages and handiwork and more. Classes are currently happening online due to COVID-19 restrictions. There is a fee to attend. Fees vary depending on course.

Here are the top 10 courses and descriptions, as provided by the board itself (edited for style), available in 2021.

1. Investing 101 for Millennials

This online course is designed for the beginner investor who would like to find out what online investing can offer. Participants start at the beginning in order to understand stocks and bonds. Then, they will learn about ETFs and mutual funds. Find out about robo-advisers and discount brokerage accounts.

2. Egyptian Belly Dancing — Beginner

Tone muscles, improve posture and increase your body awareness while developing grace and body movement. Wear a leotard, body suit or exercise clothes.

3. Fitness and Strength Training

Achieve your physical fitness potential in an online setting with a personal trainer. Reach your fitness goals by creating your own individualized workout program. Work on resistance training using free weights, dumbbells, a stability ball and a bench and bar.

4. Web Design — Beginner

For those new to web design, this online course teaches the planning and development techniques required to develop a website. Learners are introduced to HTML for navigation and page structure and CSS for presenting type/text and colour.

5. Yoga: Hatha — All Levels

Yoga can be adapted to suit individual levels of flexibility, endurance and strength. Gain calm and confidence as you learn to harmonize the body and the mind.

6. Afro-Caribbean Cuisine

Join us for a culinary journey from Mother Africa to the Americas and the shores of the West Indies and the Caribbean. Through demonstrations, create popular, flavourful dishes, including jollof rice, berbere meat, West Indian curry and more. This online course includes both cooking and baking.

7. Photography — Beginner

Through this online course, learn practical skills and techniques to improve your photography. You will gain an understanding of your camera, exposure, lighting, composition and design.

8. Spanish — Beginner

In this course, learn basic conversational Spanish for everyday situations. This course offers the basics using a combination of grammar, vocabulary, reading and conversation. Learn and practice the language through various activities in a fun and relaxing online environment.

9. Makeup Artistry

In this online course, learn the basics of makeup application, current makeup trends and the proper usage of tools. Techniques to enhance face shapes and facial features are taught through demonstration. Through personalized instruction, go from casual day makeup to a glamorous night look with the swipe of a brush.

10. Screenplay Writing: Basic Elements

This creative writing course covers the tools of storytelling in screenplay form, including character and dialogue development and narrative theory and structure. These tools can be applied to various forms of screenplays, such as dramatic, documentary and experimental.

For more information on these and many other adult learning options at the TDSB, visit www.tdsb.on.ca/adult-learners/learn4life.

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