Tell Me a Tale: Online Course

Welcome to the Online Course  TELL ME A TALE: storytelling in English L2 with children.

The course is addressed to all those who are interested in using storytelling in English L2 with children. Enjoy the course!


    Start the course:


    In this brief video, Elisa Bertoldi will introduce the aims and the contents of the course. Watch the video and then have a look at the additional resources.



    • More information about the SEL2 project and the initiative Let’s Tell a Tale can be found in the page Storytelling.
    • Slides from the video INTRODUCTION.
    • References to sections of the book: Introduction – 1.5 – 1.6

    Part 1 - Language through stories

    The first step in the organization of a storytelling session in English L2 is selecting a story and prepare to present it to children. Which critiria should be considered in the selection of the story? How should the language of the story be presented to children? Whatch the video then have a look at the resources.


    Part 1 - Resources

    • Slides from the video PART 1.
    • References to sections of the book: 1.3 – 2.3 – 2.4
    • Professor, teacher and teacher educator Sandie Murrão's blog Picturebooks in ELT: Picturebooks that help make the world a better place.
    • A selection of children’s PICTURE BOOKS presented during the initiative Let’s Tell a Tale.
    • A selection of WORDLESS PICTURE BOOKS about nature and animals.
    • The power of wordless picture books, a plurilingual video based on the illustrations of the silent book The Tree and The Seasons by Iela Mari.
    • An example of the interpretation of the story We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by the famous author and storyteller Michael Rosen.
    • An example of the interpretation of the story How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Elisa Bertoldi.

    Part 3 - The storyteller's performance

    A storytelling sassion can be considered a performance. Which tips and strategies should the storyteller use to plan an effective performance in English for children? Watch the video then have a look at the resources.


    Part 2 - Resources

    • Slides from the video PART 2.
    • References to sections of the book: 2.1 – 2.2 – 2.6 -2.7
    • A brief VIDEO showing a storyteller establishing rapport with the children through a game at the beginning of the storytelling session.
    • A brief VIDEO showing a storyteller involving children in interaction though the images of the story.

    Part 2 - The storytelling session setting

    Environmental aspects, relational aspects and proxemics are extremely relevant in a storytelling session. How should the space be arranged? How can tools and props be introduced during the telling of a story?  How shold the narrator relate to groups of children during storytelling sessions? Watch the video then have a look at the resources.


    Part 3 - Resources