Marhaba! Level 2 Curriculum Guide

Marhaba! Level 2 Curriculum Guide

An Invitation to Arabic
1st Edition
by Steven Berbeco, Ed.D

Marhaba! Level 2 is designed for second-year Arabic language students at the middle school or high school level. Building upon the foundational grammar, vocabulary, and cultural knowledge students learned in Level 1, Level 2 helps students transition to longer conversations in Arabic, using a greater breadth of conversational topics. Level 2 also places increased emphasis on literacy skills, with more activities to support reading and writing.

The Marhaba! Level 2 Curriculum Guide offers even more support and guidance for teachers, including advice and instructions on:

  • choosing which vocabulary and grammar structures to teach students
  • planning curricula with detailed sample Curriculum Maps
  • adapting Level 1 activities for second-year classrooms
  • designing assessments


Cheng & Tsui
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Trim Size: 
8.5 x 11
Table of Contents


Curriculum Design


Sample Curriculum Maps


Oral Proficiency

Paper Engineering

Supplemental Resources

Glossary of Terms



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 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.

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.