An Invitation to Arabic
by Steven Berbeco, Ed.D.

Marhaba!, an innovative student-centered and standards-based Arabic curriculum, brings this rich and challenging language to life. Lesson and activity guides allow educators to help students create personalized textbooks called daftars, a process that encourages them to take ownership of their own learning.

Developed and tested for over four years at the hands of two dozen teachers and professors with hundreds of students from with diverse learning needs, the Marhaba! program is proven to be effective. Marhaba! provides flexibility for students at the middle school, highschool and college level.

Marhaba's companion website, currently in development, will contain authentic materials, lesson and activity resources, sample assignments, and daftar worksheets.

In this Series

  • Curriculum Guide with an in-depth introduction to Marhaba!, ideas for assignments and activities, lists of supplemental resources, and more!
  • Teacher Training DVD with in-class teaching demonstrations by the author, student and teacher interviews, and examples of program activities presented by real students.
  • Sample Student Daftar with a year's worth of actual activities and assigments completed by students.
  • Companion Website with suggested lesson assignments, authentic materials, and other teacher's resources.
  • Student Daftars with letter-writing diagrams, core vocabulary lists, and space for students to create their own personalized textbooks.

Students shine as their diverse learning styles are taken into consideration and they are given flexibility that helps them build knowledge and develop language learning skills.

— Dora Johnson and Nancy Rhodes, Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC

We believe this is the best approach for novice students who need to completely build their foreign language skills.

— Charles Bell, Opportunity School Alternative Education Program, Ohio
About the Author(s)

Steven Berbeco is a doctoral candidate with graduate degrees in linguistics and education. He is certified to teach history, English, and Arabic, and has developed this curriculum after teaching Arabic in an inner-city high school for five years. Steven also directs the Arabic Summer Academy, an intensive summer Arabic language program for urban students.