Abstract：Following its inception in a report by the Central Education Council in 1999, the phrase “Career Education”has become ubiquitous in Japanese education circles. Recognizing the need for such a philosophy in education, teachershave rallied to action with a number approaches. In order to cultivate an individual’s ability to grow, it is important thatwe recognize the importance of language and communication skills within career education. Language gives individualsthe freedom to open new paths in addition to being able to articulate one’s opinion to one’s self.The key to emancipationthrough language lies in the understanding of one’s mother tongue and so the education of such is of paramountimportance. Pertinent to this, I will describe my observations of language education with particular focus on readingability in elementary schools.