The article deals with an individual vocabulary, its items; such terms as 'active', 'passive' and 'potential', vocabularies are considered; the possible ways to enlarge student's vocabulary are traced; the methods of the corpus approach and its using while teaching a foreign language are observed alongside some basic problems of teaching a foreign language for special purposes. The corpus approach is disclosed as researchers are showing more interest in this methodology because with the help of the existing corpora it is possible to select text material, which can later serve as a basis that helps to extend students' vocabulary, especially the one for special purposes related to professional activities. Besides, in teaching any foreign language the corpus method allows to create and use narrow focus text corpora related to the profession received by pupils at higher and secondary vocational educational institutions. However, teachers using language corpora, have to develop or choose the appropriate exercises, assignments allowing to work on the corpus and to build up students' vocabulary. in addition, the author notes that the use of the corpus approach is possible only if students possess basic LSP skills, IT and digital media competence.
Galkina, A.A. (2017). Research in the field of expanding students' vocabulary at lessons of a foreign language. Issues of Applied Linguistics, 28, 25-40. doi: https://doi.org/10.25076/vpl.28.03