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Have you ever dreamt of speaking Spanish? How to whip up mouth-watering pastries? Or even develop circus skills? Look no further, dear readers. The kids may have headed back to school this week but there's no reason why adults can't learn a new thing or two.

Mind&Body has found some of the most popular (and obscure) courses around town. They range from two-hour classes, through to three-month-long commitments. Or even learn online at your own pace. Whatever takes your fancy.

  • Food *

If it's a foodie course you are after, you are in luck because there is one for all tastes out there. The Cooking Professor offers one-off classes with all sorts of cuisines and specific topics such as Chinese Dim Sum, Cupcakes and Cake Pops, Moroccan Feast and even a session especially for the guys.

PolytechnicWest teaches how to host dinner parties with friends, how to cook home-style comfort foods, in addition to Aegean cooking and Thai cuisine.

Tuart College features pastry instruction and how to bake cafe-style foods, while UWA Extension offers tapas, paella-making, cupcakes and even how to make your own cheese. Bon appetit!

  • Physical *

Lose weight, have fun, gain skills and make friends with a sporty challenge. It doesn't matter if you are a newbie to the activity because most courses cater to beginners. Check out UWA Sports for cardio-loving sessions of kickboxing, cardio tennis and salsa, or slow it down a little with Pilates or sailing.

And who says exercise can't be fun? The circus skills course, where you can learn to from professional circus performers to juggle and use a hula hoop, definitely has the fun factor. If it is dancing you are after, The Dance Workshop stands out for the range of styles on offer, from African Dance to Broadway Jazz to Bollywood.

  • Language *

A whole new world opens up when you can speak another language - travel, entertainment, literature - just to name a few. Instruction in French, German, Italian and Spanish is available at most adult learning centres. Because of this, there are plenty of classes for beginners through to advanced. But if you want to reach out beyond these, there is also Arabic, Vietnamese, Indonesian, Hebrew, Russian, and more, at Tuart College, Central Institute of Technology, PolytechnicWest, UWA and Challenger Institute of Technology. Additionally, Tuart College offers instruction for those seeking to improve their English skills.

  • Creative *

Get into a new hobby this year, be it jewellery-making, floristry or learning to blog. UWA Extension offers plenty of writing classes, including travel writing, how to get a book published, writing for children, and how to write mysteries. The Central Institute of Technology offers the greatest number of creative courses for beginners and beyond in silver jewellery instruction, teddy-bear construction, embroidery, ceramics, photography, and interior decorating.

Challenger also caters to those wanting to master floristry and cake decorating.

  • Personal *

Be a better you with a personal- development course. In fact, Challenger offers a course called Be YOU Better as well as a counselling diploma. Tuart College challenges you with classes to change your thinking, how to manage emotions, speak confidently in public, as well as a confidence course especially for seniors. Or practise mindfulness, meditation.

  • Check the courses out here: *

  • ·Canning College *

canningcollege.wa.edu.au/

coursesShortCourses or phone

9351 5630

  • ·Central Institute of Technology *

central.wa.edu.au or phone

1300 300 822

  • ·Challenger Institute of Technology *

challenger.wa.edu.au/courses/

ShortCourses or phone 1300 300 252

  • ·PolytechnicWest *

polytechnic.wa.edu.au/

short_course or phone 9267 7888

  • ·The Dance Workshop *

danceworkshop.com.au or phone

9443 6966

  • ·The Cooking Professor *

thecookingprofessor.com.au or phone 9287 1717

  • ·Tuart College *

www.tuartcollege.wa.edu.au or phone

9242 6222

  • ·UWA Extension *

extension.uwa.edu.au or phone

6488 2433

  • ·UWA Sports *

sport.uwa.edu.au/recreate or phone 6488 2286