教材总体特点如下： ● 注重本土化，符合美国本土的需求。根据美国《21世纪外语学习标准》，结合美国中学生学习、生活、社会交往活动等方面的实际情况。制定了初中、高中循环往复、逐步推进的话题系列。 ● 教材的编写符合第二语言教材编写的原则。以实用的交际任务为线索，在任务型教学中培养学习者的语言使用能力，实现“用中学”、“做中学”和“体验中学”。 ● 编写队伍精干创新。由中美两国长期教授美国学生中文的一线教师组成，确保教材的质量。 ● 为使用者（教师和学生）从教与学两方面提供最大的方便。除课本外，还配有练习册、教师用书等，可以极大地方便教师和学生使用。
This series of Chinese textbooks is targeted to US public school students (grades 10-12), including Chinese for High School Students, volumes 1, 2, 3, and 4. This writing of the series was planned and organized by People’s Education Press (PEP). The series was developed with the collaboration of the International College for Chinese Language Studies (ICCLS) at Peking University (PKU) and the US based Nanhai Company, and written by teachers of Chinese from both China and the US. The series includes the following considerations: ● Naturalizing the course material to meet American requirements: Adhering to Standards for Foreign Language Learning in the 21st Century, but taking into consideration the everyday life of American middle school students, the topics for high school series are designed to move cyclically and gradually. ● Designing textbooks that conform to the principles guiding second-language education: The writing concepts of this series refer to the popular task-based language teaching, which emphasizes "learning while using", "learning while doing", and "learning by experience". The series is written based on the guideline that using practical communicative tasks is the main focus, with the aim of cultivating the student's competence in the language through usage-based learning. ● Bringing about creativity and innovation: The writing team consists of both American and Chinese teachers with extensive experience teaching Chinese to American students. The advantages of having such a team have certainly enhanced the quality of the textbooks. ● Providing both teachers and students as much ease as possible: In addition to the textbook, this series is also equipped with a student's workbook, a teacher's book, CDs etc.