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MOLAN - Network for the exchange of information about good practices that serve to motivate language learners

The MOLAN network project, funded by the European Commission under the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), is carried out by 45 higher education institutions and schools from 22 European countries, and four European and national organisations. The project’s principal aim is to bring about a positive attitude among young Europeans towards the learning of foreign languages, and towards other peoples and cultures. MOLAN is driven by the conviction that young people in Europe have to acquire multilingual competence for the benefit of society and of themselves.

There are clear indications that neither the principle of linguistic diversity nor the notion of lifelong language learning is widely accepted by young people and by educational authorities and institutions. MOLAN aims at changing this situation by identifying and disseminating policies, strategies and practices which enhance the motivation of young people in formal education to learn and continue learning foreign languages.

MOLAN strives to encourage

  • the learning of a second or further foreign language(s)

  • the learning of less widely used and taught languages

  • cooperation between schools and universities

  • With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union


    MOLAN maintenance

    The MOLAN network project officially ended on 28 February 2011. However, the project Web site and the MOLAN Information System will be kept alive by the CEL/ELC for the foreseeable future – and this for two reasons.



    MOLAN project office
    ZE Sprachenzentrum
    Freie Universität Berlin
    Habelschwerdter Allee 45
    D-14195 Berlin
    Phone: +49 30 838 53718
    Fax: +49 30 838 53717

    MOLAN co-ordinator
    Wolfgang Mackiewicz

    MOLAN deputy co-ordinator
    Marc Durando

    MOLAN project manager
    Dieter Jirmann-Heidl

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