Marhaba! Teacher's Toolkit

Marhaba! Teacher's Toolkit

An Invitation to Arabic

The Curriculum Guide provides an introduction to the pedagogy behind Marhaba!, ideas for assignments and activities, lists of supplemental resources, and more!

  • The Sample Student Daftar includes a year's worth of actual activities and assignments to be completed by students.
  • The Companion Website features suggested lesson assignments, authentic materials, and other teacher's resources.


Cheng & Tsui
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8.5 x 11
Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Curriculum Map
  • Assessments
  • Linguistics
  • How to...
  • Games
  • Paper Engineering
  • Supplemental Resources
  • Glossary of Terms

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 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.