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

Marhaba! An Invitation to Arabic is an innovative, student-centered, standards-based Arabic curriculum that brings this rich and challenging language to life. Using the resources in the Curriculum Guides, educators guide students through the creation of personalized textbooks called daftars, a process that encourages them to take ownership of their own learning.

Marhaba! aligns with national standards and is informed by scientific research. Developed and tested for over four years by two dozen instructors and hundreds of students with diverse learning needs, the Marhaba! program has been proven to produce striking results at the middle school, high school, and college levels.

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 currently Superintendent of Hopi Junior Senior High School in Keams Canyon, Arizona. He previously served as Department Chair for Japanese and Korean at the U.S. Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute and Dean at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. He holds a Doctorate in Education from Boston University and Master’s degrees in Linguistics from Harvard University and Indiana University.
Dr. Berbeco developed Marhaba! after teaching Arabic in various non-traditional systems, such as an alternative inner-city high school and a refugee camp in Liberia. These experiences taught him the value of non-linear curriculum design, and he has used this learning to support his students' particular learning needs.