This paper examines the main approaches to the creation of modern foreign language courses”. The authors analyzed approaches to teaching Chinese language, existing in Russia and abroad. Presented results were already obtained in the process of implementing an educational project of the Higher School of Economics named "Speak freely". According to the results of this work authors selected the methodological approach that best suits the purpose of the course. It has been found an effective solution to combine these approaches in a single discipline "Practice of verbal communication in Chinese", that mainly aimed at developing students' communicative competence.
The article addresses the problem of building bilingual competence of future customs officials as an integral part of their professional competence. The author analyzes professional requirements for professional language training of modern customs officials in the age of globalization and expanding economic and culturalties of Russia with foreign countries. She further comes to the conclusion that it is necessary to build multiculturalism in the course of foreign.