Hi folks! I'm about to start my first year as a middle school Spanish teacher. We recently had an open house event where I had the opportunity to meet the parents of my students. Most of the parents were really excited about the new school year, but one parent was obviously concerned. This parent came up to me and asked me, "Are you a native speaker?" I told her no. She seemed annoyed and responded, "I'm really unhappy with the Spanish program here. Other parents and I want our [Spanish-speaking] children to have more of a challenge in their classes, and when they get to high school, they just aren't prepared for the challenge." She repeated herself for a few minutes about her displeasure with the program. I was somewhat stunned, but I invited her to make an appointment with me if she has any specific suggestions about ways to differentiate instruction in the Spanish class. While this parent was rather rude throughout the conversation, she does have a point--her child deserves to learn something in class. Does anyone have any suggestions about how to address the language learning needs of native speakers in the middle school classroom? I definitely don't want them to be bored out of their minds, but I want to find a way to challenge them without giving them busy work while the rest of the class works on something else. I plan on focusing on accent marks and writing, but does anyone else have any suggestions? Thanks in advance!