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UT students Lu Guo and Norah Alnafa are featured in the “Lend a Hand” documentary.

UT students Lu Guo and Norah Alnafa are featured in the “Lend a Hand” documentary.

Violence on American campuses, technology in children’s education, and childhood hunger in Toledo will be some of the topics of a social justice forum hosted by the students of the American Language Institute at The University of Toledo.

The forum will take place Thursday, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in Student Union Room 2584. It is part of the experiential and project-based learning for students who take English as a second language instruction beyond a traditional classroom setting.

“I think it’s good for international students to get experience on how they can do interviews, documentary films and organizing events,” said Khalid AlRasheedi, a student in the American Language Institute.

From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Advanced Speaking and Listening class will present on “Gun Culture and the College Campus.”

From 11:40 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., the Technology and Society class will discuss “Emerging Technology in Education.”

These classes are both led by Sherris Anne Schwind, UT English as a second language specialist.

At 3 p.m., the students will show a documentary titled “Lend a Hand,” which they have been producing themselves for about three weeks. It discusses childhood hunger in Toledo and what others can do to help.

“We’ve worked together, which I think improved our teamwork,” said Xian Zhang, a student in the American Language Institute, who is part of the team that made the video. “It is a good way to improve our English.”

For more information about UT’s American Language Institute, visit utoledo.edu/cisp/ali/index.html.

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