Aptis for Teachers: Speaking Test 4 with Sample B2 Answers
This Aptis for Teachers Speaking Test with sample B2 answers is the supplementary version of Aptis for Teachers: Speaking Practice Test 4. We’ve highlighted useful language for you to use in your own responses.
We usually recommend you to do the mock-exam version before watching this video and reading the B2 script. This is because we want you to think about the content of your own responses first. Then when you do look at the sample B2 answers, you can try to improve your own responses by incorporating some of our ideas. It’s a really good idea to do each of these tests twice anyway, as that will help you to learn new structures and vocabulary. But don’t just try to memorise our entire script! Remember, our answers are scripted, and yours will be spontaneous, so you won’t be able to fit as much in.
For a recap on what you have to do in the speaking component of this test, go to Aptis for Teachers: Test 3 with Sample B2 Answers.
So here’s the video of the Aptis for Teachers Speaking test with sample B2 answers. You’ll find the full script below, with an explanation of the highlighted language.
Aptis for Teachers Test 4 with Sample B2 Answers: Script
30 seconds per answer
What do you after you finish work?
As soon as I get home from work I kick off my shoes, make myself a large cup of lemon and ginger tea and get down to any marking I’ve got to do. Then I go for a quick run, have a shower, make and eat dinner, and spend the rest of the evening chilling out with my family.
Highlighted lexis: phrasal verbs
kick off – take off / remove quickly
get down to – start work on
chill out – relax
Describe your classroom.
My classroom’s on the first floor of the main building. I’m lucky, as it’s very light and airy and we have plenty of space. I’ve put up a lot of students’ work on the walls, which makes the room colourful too. The only downside is that it overlooks the playground, which can be a bit distracting.
light, airy, colourful – useful adjectives for describing a room
downside – synonym of ‘disadvantage’
Tell me about your colleagues.
My colleagues are absolutely fabulous. I’ve been working at the school for 18 months, and I can honestly say that I’ve never had a bad word to say about any of them. They’re supportive and always ready to lend a hand. In my previous school that wasn’t the case, and I’m so glad I left.
absolutely fabulous / I can honestly say – use adverbs to raise the level of your answers
lend a hand – synonym of ‘help’
45 seconds per answer
Describe this picture.
There are six children sitting in a semi-circle in a very colourful room, with a young man who’s probably their teacher. The seats are on different levels, like in a theatre. It could be a modern type of classroom. The kids look about eight or nine years old. Two of the girls are dressed exactly the same, so they might be sisters, or maybe twins. The girl on the left is engrossed in her book, and the others look as if they’re discussing something they’ve read.
probably / maybe – adverbs of probability / possibility
could be / might be – modal verbs of speculation
look + adjective or adjectival clause / look as if + clause
What type of books do children and young people in your country read?
That’s an interesting question … I think it depends on their age and, of course, their interests. Younger children love picture books, especially ones with rhymes and beautiful artwork, while slightly older ones prefer books that are funny, or series that are based in fantasy worlds, like Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. I’ve also noticed that in recent years older children and teenagers have been getting into graphic novels and manga-style books.
That’s an interesting question – useful expression to give you time to think
it depends (on …) – a good way to start your answer and cover more than one aspect of the question
getting into – synonym of ‘becoming interested in’
How have reading habits changed since you were a child?
Well, 20 years ago almost all books were made out of paper, and you’d see people reading books or newspapers on public transport. These days, when I look round, I notice fewer people reading – most of them are on their phones, scrolling through their social media feed or playing games. I do see some people using Kindles or other e-readers, but in general I’d say that there’s been a sharp decline in the number of books being read.
you’d see – would + infinitive to describe past habits
I do see – we use the auxiliary ‘do’ in statements to emphasise a point
I’d say – second conditional structure to give an opinion
45 seconds per answer
Tell me what you see in these two pictures.
Both pictures show young people involved in playing games – one’s an individual game, while the other’s a team sport. The first is a chess tournament, and it looks like some type of competition between adults and children, or a tournament that’s open to all age-groups … whereas the second photo shows a group of seven or eight-year-olds playing football. There are both girls and boys playing, and they look like they’re having a great time.
Both pictures show – to highlight what the photos have in common
while / whereas – conjunctions to compare and contrast
look like + noun or clause
Which after-school activities are popular in your country?
In the school where I work we offer lots of after-school activities. Many of them are focused on helping students to attain better test scores, and the one most in demand is English. Of course, those are more popular with parents than with students! Then there are the non-academic activities such as sports … the ones that have the biggest uptake are football, swimming and street dance, which has proved so popular that we even have a waiting list.
in demand – needed or wanted by many people
uptake – participation in a service provided
prove popular – collocation: to be successful
What are the benefits of after-school activities?
I think one of most positive aspects of after-school activities is that they give children a way to connect with their peers in a new setting. Getting to know each other out of class makes them feel more like a group of friends, which in turn helps build confidence in class. Arts options, such as drama and music, can help kids get interested in new fields. And even when the activities are academic in nature, they’re often more fun than ‘real’ classes.
connect with their peers – meet or get closer to those of the same age
build confidence – collocation: to increase confidence gradually
in nature – having such a quality
One minute to think & take notes, two minutes to answer all three questions
Tell me about a time when you experienced a stressful situation with your students or colleagues.
How did you feel about it?
What are some of the ways you can deal with stress?
There are so many stressful situations that I’ve had to face during my teaching career that it’s really difficult to choose just one. So I’ll talk about my most recent experience, as it’s still fresh in my mind. It was when I had to teach all my classes online due to the Covid situation. My school introduced this from one day to the next, and I was totally unprepared.
Stressed-out doesn’t even begin to describe how I felt. Suddenly I had to learn how to use break-out rooms, share screens, find interactive online activities … and on top of that, I had to teach the students how to do it too! I’ve never been that comfortable working with technology, and I felt completely overwhelmed. I often had to ask my colleagues for help.
One of the best ways to deal with stress is deep breathing. I learnt that in my yoga class. When you take deep breaths, it sends a message to your brain to calm down, reduces your heart-rate and lowers your blood pressure. I also find that listening to classical music can really help, so I play it in the background while my students are reading or writing.
fresh in my mind – a clear recent memory
from one day to the next – suddenly, without warning
on top of that – additionally
in the background – quietly, in addition to the main sound
Adjectives for feelings:
stressed-out – adjective from phrasal verb ‘to stress (someone) out’
totally uprepared / completely overwhelmed – use adverbs to raise the level of your answer
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