Mrs Patrizia Lavizani

Mrs Patrizia Lavizani


I am a Teaching Fellow at the University of Leeds where I have been working for over 21 years. I am responsible for the design, preparation and development of all the Italian modules taught in Languages for All as well as formative and summative assessment and final exams. I provide pastoral guidance to students and I am a member of the Student Support team in LCS in the student absence monitory role.

I lead the Beginners and Elementary modules' Curriculum development in our Subject area and support the LfA Director with cross-language standards monitoring and our QAA cycle. I have been an External Examiner for many years and offered my advice and expertise in language teaching and assessing to a number of other HE Institutions in England.

I love teaching Italian and believe that it is important to create a purposeful, familiar and safe environment in the classroom and around University to give students a positive learning experience.

I think that fostering autonomous learning plays a significant role in student’s progress and development of Long Life learning skills and is an important attribute for their employability.

To support students’ independence and furthering their learning outside classroom, I produced several authentic videos in Italy. I developed their content pedagogically to use as online learning material by students at beginners and more advanced levels.

I enjoy collaborating with Italian Erasmus students and promote their participation in the language classes. This enables real communication, cultural awareness and exchange. Presentations made by Erasmus students on aspects of the Italian life are filmed and made available on the VLE with transcripts. These provide an additional learning resource for our students.


  • Italian Language Coordinator

Research interests

As part of my Scholarship, I have presented several papers in a number of Conferences across UK in the field of my expertise and interest:

A. Fisher, K.Exley and D. Ciobanu, 2014 – Using technology to support Learning and Teaching. Case study - P. Lavizani p. 121. Routledge Tailor & Francis Group, London and New York.


E-portfolio Conference 2015 – Imperial College London

The paper presented was called: ‘Is Portfolio Assessment in language learning worthwhile?’


SEC/Digi Fest 2016 – Evidencing Excellence. University of Leeds.

The paper presented was called: ‘Exploring the use of the Internet to improve student’s language skills’


Languages for Specific Purposes in Higher Education – University of Cambridge 2016.

The paper presented was called: ‘LSP in a medical contest’


AULC – Belfast Conference 2017- ‘The Multilingual University: Inspiring teachers, transforming learners’.

The paper presented was called: ‘The Italian Digital Project’.


SEC/Digi Fest 2018 – University of Leeds

UK LINGUA 2018 Conference – University of Durham

The paper presented was called: ‘Fostering Global Competences: bringing together home and study-abroad students’

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  • Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (PGCLTHE) by Portfolio Route
  • City & Guilds 7305 in Teaching in Further and Higher Education – College of Technology, Leeds
  • Cert.Ed. in Further/Higher Education in teaching – Park Lane, Leeds
  • AQA, EDEXCEL, OCR, RSA and GNVQ assessor
  • Secretarial and Tour Operator Diplomas