This article critically analyses various current methods of teaching foreign languages involving work with L2 lexical items. In the first place the author discusses the didactic tendencies in German speaking countries. The analysis shows strong and weak aspects of the described teaching concepts and tries to answer the question if there is one especially effective method which helps learn foreign vocabulary. The author comes to the conclusion that such efficient teaching approach cannot be found. A complex and individualized structure of the cognitive processes of foreign words acquisition is observed in some teaching methods, especially in the recent ones. Therefore the best solution to the problem at hand here could be seen in the application of various teaching techniques, the activation of learners' cognitive abilities, the use of their experience in other foreign languages and in the development of the learner autonomy.
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