Marhaba! Level 2 Curriculum Guide

Marhaba! Level 2 Curriculum Guide

An Invitation to Arabic
by Steven Berbeco Ed. D

Marhaba! Level 2 is designed for second-year Arabic language students in high school or middle school. Marhaba! is not a traditional textbook, but a toolkit of teacher's materials. The curriculum is centered around the daftar, or notebook, that students fill with content and use to track their own progress in the language. This approach encourages a sense of ownership and responsibility for students’ own learning, which increases their motivation. Marhaba! Level 2 includes a Curriculum Guide and student daftars customized for each of four terms. Level 2 builds on the innovative curriculum of Level 1 by offering more support and guidance for teachers. It includes more detailed instruction on choosing what Arabic grammar and vocabulary to teach students, how to plan curricula around the student daftar with more detailed Sample Curriculum Maps, and pedagogical support on designing assessments. In addition, Level 2 introduces new activities and daftar pages while also explaining how to adapt activities from Level 1 to teach the more advanced grammar, vocabulary, and cultural exploration of Level 2.


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This is a excellent interactive approach that allows students to explore their creativity while learning the language. It gives students the opportunity to engage in more meaningful activities that cater to their own way of learning”.

— Nada Shaath, Bell High School, California
About the Series

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.

About the Author(s)

Dr. Steven Berbeco has graduate degrees in education from Boston University and linguistics from Harvard University and Indiana University. He holds a Massachusetts teaching license for history, English, and Arabic. Steven developed the Marhaba! curriculum after teaching Arabic in an inner-city school for six years and directing the Arabic Summer Academy, an intensive summer Arabic language program for urban students.