The relevance of the study of the peculiarities of teaching Chinese students English in Russia, in particular in UrFU, is determined by the fact that the number of students from China is increasing annually. It turned out that Chinese students have a low level of English language proficiency and a problem of "language barrier". In this regard, the problem of quality training of foreign citizens in Russian universities is attracting more and more attention. This thesis contains an overview of the national-psychological, ethno-cultural and linguistic features of Chinese students, as well as peculiarities and differences in the educational systems of China and Russia, which involve some specificity in determining the content and technology in teaching. The approaches, principles and methods of teaching English, contributing to the effective formation of foreign language abilities of Chinese culture are also described. It also gives practical recommendations for teaching English language to Chinese students. The difficulties of adaptation to the educational system of Russia, the attitude of Chinese students to the process of learning English, as well as related academic problems in the study of the language require the teacher to organize a smooth transition from one educational system to another, while maintaining student’s motivation for learning, diligence, responsibility and importance of education. The obvious difference in educational systems, approaches and teaching methods determines the specifics of working with Chinese students. The scientific novelty lies in the fact that selected relevant for the study pedagogical approaches (activity-oriented, personality-oriented and communicative-ethnographic), as well as didactic (connection between the theory and practice of teaching, the principle of visibility of teaching foreign languages) and methodic principles of teaching English (the principle of modeling the situation of intercultural communication, the principle of rational use of the second foreign language (Russian), etc.) contribute to the effective formation of communicative skills of students from China. The practical significance of the study is a set of exercises for classroom work of foreign students on the formation of foreign language communicative competence. The developed set of exercises can be taken as a basis for the creation of teaching AIDS. In addition, the practical significance of the study is associated with the possibility of applying its results in the process of teaching English as a foreign language to students from China.