network considered a best practice case for the promotion of multilingualism in Europe

Faced with the absence of a national plan for Multilingualism and the crisis in teacher training at national level , the University of Minho has been developing actions and strategies that promote continuous and diversified learning of foreign languages ​​in interaction with the acquisition and development of language skills. mother tongue and, eventually, Portuguese as a second language .

In this context, the APPEAL network , started in 2007-2008 and formalized through bilateral institutional protocols from 2009, aims to create multiple cooperation at the regional level, promoting the implementation of European policies of Multilingualism in the practices of the Basic Education System, Secondary and Higher.

Within the scope of the MOLAN project (Network for the exchange of information about good practices that serve to motivate language learners), the APPEAL network was chosen as a case of good practices for the promotion of multilingualism in Europe : Orlando Grossegesse / Marie Manuelle Costa Silva, « Regional Action Plan for the Promotion of Multilingualism» in: Handbook on good practice that serves to motivate language learners, (eds.) Daniel Toudic / Wolfgang Mackiewicz, 2011, pp. 65-69.


The APPEAL regional network intends to:

  • Activate inter -institutional communication flows regarding language learning in Schools and Higher Education , at different levels (course program coordinators, teaching staff and students/students);
  • Promoting continuous language learning from Basic and Secondary Education to Higher Education, making the acquisition of foreign languages (in interaction with the acquisition of a first and, eventually, a second language) more coherent and efficient , removing obstacles to adjusted progression and enabling multiple learning paths;
  • Promoting the development and assessment of skills through the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) , thus allowing the smooth transition from one educational system to another;
  • Establish inter-institutional relations by creating a regional network in interaction with the European comparative context of comparable strategies and measures (eg within the scope of the MOLAN project – exchange of information on good practices that serve to motivate language learning);
  • Activate Uminho’s existing partnerships ( in the context of Research and Education, especially in the area of Humanities and Teacher Training; in the broader context of cultural outreach activities) at local, regional, national and European level , connecting dispersed projects in this area for a consolidated network of exchange and mutual support ; 
  • Launch new projects to promote language learning , using network structures to increase individual and collective awareness of the relevance of languages from a lifelong learning perspective, especially within the scope of the CLIL method (content and foreign language integrated learning) .

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  • Secondary School of Barcelona
  • Barcelinhos EB/3 and Secondary School
  • School EB 2/3 Abel Varzim, Vila Seca
  • Viatodos EB 2/3 School – Vale d’Este School Grouping
  • Alberto Sampaio Secondary School
  • D. Maria II Secondary School
  • Carlos Amarante Secondary School
  • Maximinos Secondary School
  • School EB 2/3 Francisco Sanches
  • Braga Luso-International College (CLIB)
  • Colégio D. Diogo de Sousa
  • School EB 2, 3 of Lamaçães
  • EB 2/3 School in Tadim – Trigal de Santa Maria Grouping of Schools
  • Grouping of Mosteiro and Cávado Schools
  • Camilo Castelo Branco Secondary School, VN Famalicão
  • Padre Benjamim Salgado Secondary School, Joane
  • Didáxis Teaching Cooperative, Riba d’Ave/ S.Cosme
  • Francisco de Holanda Secondary School
  • Martins Sarmento Secondary School
  • College of Our Lady of Conception
  • School EB 2,3 João de Meira

  • Rocha Peixoto Secondary School
  • EB 2.3 Aver-O-Mar
  • Vila Verde Secondary School
  • EB 2,3 School in Vila Verde
  • School EB 2,3/S of Vizela (Infias)
  • Group of Schools Prof. Gonçalo Sampaio, Póvoa de Lanhoso
  • S/3 School in Ponte de Lima
  • D. Dinis Secondary School, Santo Tirso
  • Amares Secondary School
  • Secondary School with 3rd cycle Vieira de Araújo, Vieira do Minho
  • Grouping of Coura and Minho Schools (EB 2.3 / S of Caminha)
  • Ribeira de Pena Secondary School