Welcome to the webpage of  the project Storytelling in English L2 for young learners and adolescents in informal contexts of acquisition: innovative and inclusive approaches for local library networks (SEL2). The main objective of the research project is identifying best practices to help children and students from Nursery, Primary and Middle school in their approach to English through narration used informally in school and extra-school contexts.

The partner of the project is the Municipal Library ‘Vincenzo Joppi’. The Children’s section of the Udine Main Municipal Library is a cultural institution with long experience in the promotion of reading for children from a very early age. Thanks to the collaboration with the library we organize storytelling events in English L2 for children and the students of Primary Education are our volunteer storytellers.

Presentation of the project SEL2

14th May 2019, Palazzo Antonini - DILL-UniUd




This section presents the initiative Telling And Listening to Ecosustainable stories and resources for telling children stories about nature.

ALL WILL BE WELL: storytelling at home 

Thanks to the contribution of many volunteer storytellers (teachers and student teachers) we collected in this web page read aloud and storytelling videos inspired to picture books for children and some related activities. To face the unprecedented situation of the lockdown of schools and libraries in Spring 2020, we decided to offer children and their families stories in English L2: it is our way to reach them at home.


This section is reated to the book Let's Tell a Tale (Section 3). Here you will find the audio files of the storytelling sessions uploaded by the volunteer narrators of the Let's Tell a Tale 2018/2019 edition. There are also the pictures and some videos of the activities carried out during the storytelling sessions and the workshops at the libraries.  


A brief online course for all those who are interested in the use of storytelling in English L2 with children.

 Books for storytellers and storytelling 

Pubblications related to storytelling for and with children.

Online resources for storytelling

Websites and online resources for storytelling.


  • Bertoldi E. 2022. Weaving English As a Second Language Around Partnership Narratives for Children. In Riem A. and Hughes-d’Aeth T. (eds.). Ecosustainable Narratives. Partnership Relationships in World Literatures in English, Applied Linguistics and Language Education. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN  1-5275-8228-0.

  • Bortoluzzi M., Bertoldi E., Marenzi I. 2022. Storytelling With Children in Informal Contexts: Learning to Narrate Across The Offline/Online Boundaries. In Sindoni M.G. and Moschini I. (eds.). Multimodal Literacies Across Digital Learning Contexts. Routledge. ISBN 978-03-6768-104-3.

  • Bortoluzzi M., Bertoldi E., Marenzi I. 2021.(Re-)contextualizing Storytelling in English L2 With Children: Mobile-Assisted Language Teacher Education. In Morgana V. e Kukulska-Hulme A. (eds.). Mobile Assisted Language Learning Across Educational Contexts. Routledge. ISBN 978-03-6752-174-5.

  • Bertoldi E. 2020. Creating Bridges With Nature: Storytelling in English L2 for Children.In Riem A. and Thieme J. (eds.). Ecology and Partnership Studies in Anglophone Narratives. Forum. ISBN 978-88-3283-206-8

  • Bertoldi E. and Bortoluzzi M. 2019. Let's Tell a Tale Storytelling with Children in English L2. Udine: FORUM.
  • Bertoldi E. 2019 Let's Tell a Tale: storytelling events in English L2. 2019 Bookbird.  A Journal of International Children's Literature, IBBY (International Board of Books for Young People). 57.3. 
  • Storytelling Online. Binaire, Online Magazine of the L3S, Leibniz Univerität di Hannover (Germany) Nº2, 2020. English Version.
  • Storytelling at home: la narrazione in lingua inglese a distanza pubblicato su QuiUniud, Online Magazine of the University of Udine, 3rd April 2020.

  • Progetto NIL2: narrazioni in inglese in bibliotecaQuiUniud, Online Magazine of the University of Udine, 22nd October 2018.