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Virtual Trip to Mexico - from the Seas of Cortes to the Riviera Maya

Course Title:

Virtual Trip to Mexico - from the Seas of Cortes to the Riviera Maya

Course Number:

CZNO H40887

Venue:

Distance Learning Course

Learning Area:

Leisure and travel

Level:

Level 1 (Mixed)

Tutor(s):

Tzitzi Sanchez

Start Date:

25 February 2021

End Date:

11 March 2021

Session Time(s):

Thursday between 15:45 and 17:45

Total Sessions:

3

Total Hours:

6

Class Size:

Between 8 and 12 learners.

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NOTE: This course has already started.

Course Information

This is an online course taught via Zoom

What will I be learning?

You will learn about some of Mexico’s most fascinating history, culture, gastronomy, unique places and national parks. There is much more to Mexico than you have ever imagined. A country with huge natural diversity, colourful landscapes and friendly people. 

This virtual tour will take you off the beaten track from the Sea of Cortez in Baja California and its submarine canyons and sea cliffs, through the region where the Aztecs originated from and traveled in search for the location where they built their vast empire. We will also visit some of the cities, towns, hidden rural communities and treasures in the jungles of the south, and some of the ancient Mayan cities and underground rivers (sacred Mayan cenotes) in the Mexican Caribbean. 

In English, with some Spanish language and fun along the way! 

Does the course lead to a qualification?

No, this course does not lead to a qualification 

Who is the course for?

Anyone who has an interest in the above. No previous knowledge in the topics or language required. 

What do I need?

Bring yourself, pen and paper, your smile and a willingness to participate in the group activities. These sessions will be very relaxed and fun! 

Additional Requirements 

In order to be able to participate in this course you must: 

1. Have access to regular, stable internet connection 

2. Have access to a smartphone, tablet or preferably a PC/Laptop. Occasionally you may need to use your smartphone/tablet as a backup for the class, but this will not support all the features that are required to participate effectively in the classes. 

3. Have an up-to-date email address and be able to confidently communicate via email.

What can I expect to be doing in classes? 

Taking part in activities together, in pairs, small groups and as a whole group: 

  • Learn about the history, culture, geography, gastronomy and people from the various regions
  • Share your related experiences with others (if any - This is optional.) 
  • Practise listening and speaking (if you have some knowledge of the language) 
  • Participate in games and quizzes 
  • omplete reading and writing exercises
  • Ask questions, discuss and understand new information, key language and culture concepts all along the way 

Additional Information / How will I learn? 

The class will be 2hrs, once a week. It will be a mixture of live online delivery (via Zoom) and distance learning (via email and/or other secure platform). At enrolment, you need to provide a current email address. 

In addition, you will be expected to complete some independent study outside the class each week. Your tutor will advise you according to your goals and progress. 

About Zoom 

If you have not used Zoom before, you need to familiarise yourself with the basics. Prior to starting the class, you will need to have read the DALS Zoom guidance policy. This will be sent to you via email and you will need to reply to your tutor to confirm you have read and accepted the policy. 

About DALS online teaching and learning platform: Derbylearn 

Your tutor may ask you to register for a user account at www.derbylearn.net, our secure online platform. For this you will need to: 

  • Supply your email address 
  • Choose a user name 
  • Choose a secure password. 

Support with preparing for online learning 

If you have any difficulties with using either Zoom or Derbylearn then please consult with your tutor who will try to help. 

You can expect:

  • A confidence building environment 
  • Regular contact with your tutor 
  • Meet like-minded people and practise your new skills and knowledge together 
  • Fun! 

Home Study and Learning Resources 

  • Time to consolidate learning at your own pace 
  • Activity sheets, learning projects, online resources and/or set books as advised by your tutor

How will I know how I am progressing during the course?

At DALS, we use an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to set and review targets and provide feedback, enabling continual reflection and evaluation throughout the course. Learners will also receive verbal and/or written feedback on marked work. Learners will use their ILP to help track and monitor their own progress towards set goals, to support personal development and achievement.

Is there an exam? 

There is no formal exam, although there is continual evaluation throughout the course. This course does not lead to a qualification, but it can be very helpful on your way to a qualification course in the future.

On completion of this course, you could progress to:

  • Another virtual trip
  • A beginners language course

Health and Wellbeing

The slogan you see on our brochures and leaflets is:   meet  enjoy  learn  achieve .

This is because we believe that taking part in adult and community learning can open the door to new friendships, give you something enjoyable and worthwhile to do with your time, enable you to learn something new and give you a sense of achievement. That's got to make you feel good!

Venue Information

Distance Learning Course

Address:

Derby Adult Learning Service, Online Learning Course, DE0 0NA

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Enrolment Information

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Enrolment Centre:

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Opening Times:

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Address:

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Telephone No:

01332 956565

Email:

DALSenquiries@derby.gov.uk

By Email

Send your enrolment enquiry to DALSenquiries@derby.gov.uk.

More Information

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Fees

Category A Fee:

FREE

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