- vol.18, pp.161-179, 2006-03
Communication competence has been widely discussed in the field of communication studies and second language teaching. Acquiring "pragmatic communication compettence" has been one of the major aims of conducting second language teaching in recent years in Japan. Many studies have tried to develop the curriculum and to research effective teaching methods related to cultivating communication competence. The theoretical frameworks and the linguistic components of communication competence, however, have not been sufficiently discussed. Recently, "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEF)" has been established by the Council of Europe to facilitate plurilingualism, intercultural interactions, and borderless exchanges of workers and students in the EU. CEF is the guideline of foreign language acquisition and it introduces the criteria of the proficiency levels and the target communication competence. To analyze the components of communicative language competences in CEF, this study will contribute to future constructive research related to communication education.