Tango seating refers to an activity for pairwork first described by Samuda and Bruton. It is especially suited to activities in which students have to describe something for their partners to reproduce without being able to see the thing being described. In order to prevent any possible temptation to peek, rather than sit face-to-face, the students sit back-to-back. An additonal advantage to this seating arrangement is that the noise level of large classes, with everyone talking at the same time, may be significantly lower.
- Samuda, Virginia and Bruton, Anthony. 1981. "Tango-seated pairs in the large classroom." English Teaching Forum, Volume 19, Number 1, January 1981. pp 22-25.