In 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 the continuous and diverse learning of foreign languages in interaction with the acquisition and development of the mother tongue, and eventually of Portuguese as second language. In this context, the APPEAL network – established in 2007-08 and formalised through bilateral institutional protocols from 2009 onwards – aims at creating a multiple cooperation at regional level to promote the implementation of European policies on multilingualism in Elementary, Secondary and Higher Educational Systems.
Under the MOLAN project (Network for the exchange of information about good practices that serve to motivate language learners), the APPEAL network was selected as a case of good practice 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, (orgs.) Daniel Toudic / Wolfgang Mackiewicz, 2011, pp. 65-69.