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The aim of the MOLAN network is to bring about, on a large scale, a positive attitude among young Europeans in formal education towards the learning of foreign languages as well as towards other peoples and cultures.
The emphasis of the MOLAN network is on
- the learning of a second or further language(s)
- the learning of less widely taught languages
- European cooperation and, more specifically, cooperation between schools and universities
The MOLAN network is based on the assumption that MOTIVATION can be enhanced by institutional and system-based policies, strategies and practices.
The background of MOLAN is that
- young people in formal education have to acquire multilingual competence for the benefit of society and of themselves;
- neither the principle of linguistic diversity nor the notion of lifelong language learning are widely accepted by young people or by educational authorities and institutions.
MOLAN is built on case studies of successful policies, strategies and practices with a view to sharing good practice across Europe.
MOLAN Stage I (2007-2008)
- Collection and analyses of case studies from higher education and the school sector.
MOLAN Stage II (2008-2009)
- Creation of a web-based system for targeted information retrieval.
- Preparation of a handbook on good practice.
MOLAN Stage III (2009-2010)
- Preparation of impact reports and a statement on institutional and system-based policies and practices that serve to motive learners.
- Closing conference and an end-of-project declaration.
- Further exploitation of network outcomes, including the creation of regional relay points, and of language learning networks.
The MOLAN Closing Conference will be held in Brussels at the begining of 2011.
The MOLAN network partnership includes
more than 40 higher education institutions and schools in 24 European countries and four major European and national organisations:
- European Language Council (CEL/ELC)
- European University Foundation (Campus Europae)
- EUN Partnership AISBL (European Schoolnet)
- CILT, UK National Centre for Languages
The results of MOLAN stage will be presented for discussion at a European conference on the theme of ' Which languages for Europe and Europeans in an era of globalisation? '
Brussels, 5-6 December 2008
Information will be posted on the MOLAN website as well as the website of the CEL/ELC (www.celelc.org).
The MOLAN network project is carried out with the support of the European Commission within the framework of Key Activity 2 â€“ Languages of the Lifelong Learning Programme.
ITT is a project partner.
MOLAN Management Committee
Wolfgang Mackiewicz, Freie Universität Berlin, DE (coordinator)
Marc Durando, European Schoolnet, BE
Anne-Claude Berthoud, CEL/ELC
Arthur Mettinger, Universität Wien, AT
Ineta Savickiene, Vytauto DidÅ¾ijo universitetas, LT
Daniel Toudic, Université de Haute Bretagne, Rennes II, FR
Piet Van de Craen, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, BE
MOLAN Evaluation Board
Maurizio Viezzi, Università degli Studi di Trieste, IT (chair)
Brian Fox, European Commission, DG for Interpretation
Annie Lhérété, Ministère de lâ€™éducation nationale, FR
Régis Ritz, European University Association (EUA)
Richard Whewell, University of Strathclyde, UK
MOLAN project office
Freie Universität Berlin
Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Phone: +49 30 838 53718
Fax: +49 30 838 53717
MOLAN deputy coordinator
Summary of case studies about how to motivate learners to study languages: